The Design Process: What to expect when you contact Environmental Landscape

The process of creating your new landscape can be a daunting task. Environmental Landscape helps to break down the design process into easy, manageable steps from the first meeting to final installation. In general the steps include an initial consultation, meeting to review a draft of the plan, revisions, and installation.

After contacting Environmental Landscape, a sales designer will set up a meeting at your location to review the existing conditions, discuss general ideas about the direction the project should go and talk about budget for the project. A discussion of the budget is very important as it helps the designer create a meaningful design with a legitimate chance of installation.

Depending on the scale of the project, there may be a fee for the design. This fee, however, should not scare customers off as every penny of the design fee will be credited back to the installation. Additionally, the fee also places a value on the design itself which is the foundation for the entire project. This strong foundation leads to the ultimate value of the investment.

After the initial meeting the designer will begin to draw up plans for the project. They will take site measurements and pictures as necessary and inventory any existing items to include in the landscape. With this information in hand the will put together a draft of the plan using a CAD (computer added drafting) program at the office. This first draft will include any and all specifications for the landscape.

At this point a second meeting will be scheduled to review this first draft. Sometimes this first draft will encapsulate everything the homeowner envisioned but often times there may be revisions needed. The designer will listen to the changes the homeowner would like to see and then updates the plan as needed.

With a finalized plan, an estimate can be created based on the plan. If the project needs to be phased in over time the designer will offer input as to the logical steps.

Next, the installation begins. The designer switches hats and becomes a project manager to ensure the landscape is installed as the homeowners envisioned. Through out the installation there is communication with the homeowner to make any adjustments.

In the end, the project is not complete until the homeowner gives us the OK. The goal of our process is to involve the homeowner in each step, communicate and execute and leave the homeowner with a beautiful new landscape.

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