Getting to know you and your garden
Our first step is a phone call to discuss your project. If it sounds like we might be a good fit, we will schedule an appointment to meet on site. Prior to your site consultation, we will send you a questionnaire form and style diagnostic. The information collected with these documents helps us organize preliminary project data and make sure we are on the same page prior to meeting.
At our consultation, we walk through the space together and discuss your wants and needs. We'll talk about what works and what doesn't work in this existing space, what activities you'd like the space to support, and aesthetic preferences. We'll collect data such as photos, measurements, and any "inspiration" you may have already collected. After this initial meeting, we'll present you with an estimate for the landscape design. The estimate will detail all documents included in the design, the scope of work, number of meetings included, etc.
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Next we produce a site plan, either from a licensed surveyor, or mapped by a mapping company, depending on the project scope. We will also analyze the site for sun exposure, soil type, drainage, and other environmental data.
With the site plan & analysis, the designer will begin drawing up concepts for the landscape design. This can include inspiration boards, a plant palette, preliminary drafted plans, elevations, rough sketches, and spec sheets. We typically present 2-3 configuration options for items like outdoor kitchens, pools, and outdoor rooms. The preliminary design takes a minimum of 4 weeks. Then we will meet and go over these documents. With your feedback, we begin working on the second draft.
At this time we may also need to meet with the city planning department, to make sure the design will adhere to local building codes. We will continue to discuss budget during the design process, to make sure that the final design is realistic to implement.
Depending on the project scope and how clear the client's vision is, the design process typically takes 2-4 meetings reviewing documents, images, and materials samples before the design is finalized.
Rates for design work are charged hourly and will be estimated after our consultation. They vary depending on the scope of work, size of the property, and what documents may be required by the building department
3. PLANNING & BUDGETING
With the final design in hand, we will begin the planning and budgeting process. It is our belief that the best finished gardens are those that we project manage through installation.
1. Adding any architect, engineer, or construction plans if required by the city building department
2. Procuring estimates from our team of local contractors, subcontractors, and vendors to provide you with the total project cost
3. Applying for HOA approval, plan check, and city permits as needed
Getting down and dirty!
Now for the fun part! Haven can oversee all phases of the installation- from overseeing the hardscape layouts, to handpicking your plants and garden accents. We love nothing more than to personally ensure that the integrity of the original design is upheld for a beautiful finished garden.
The length of this process depends on the scope of the project