Site Analysis: Site Analysis involves walking the property and taking note of existing features such as hardscape, existing plantings, sunlight, elevation, drainage and location of utilities such as cesspools, drywells, cable or gas. A survey of the property will help to facilitate this procedure.
Conceptual Plan: The conceptual plan is an overview or the initial layout showing the location of hardscape and softscape. Hardscape is defined as anything permanent and static such as pools, water features, patios, walkways, driveways or retaining walls. Softscape involves anything that is dynamic or changing such as the plantings and whether the look is to be formal, informal, cottage style or traditional. During the design process I will go over the layout of hardscape and planting areas and often mark them out for the client so they can “test drive” the planned driveway, etc. At this time each aspect of the design can be discussed and be altered as needed and the designer’s job is to make sure that all the elements work together to make the design functional.
Master Plan: Upon approval of the conceptual plan the designer will then draft a scaled to size master plan (or blueprint) that will show the layout of hardscape and softscape. Detailed listings of hardscape and plant material, sizes, quantities and specifications will also be included in the design. Computer rendered imaging of your design can also be included to show a visual of how the completed design will look.
Implementation: Implementation of your landscape design can happen over days, months or even years and can be installed on your own or by a professional. The landscape design will provide you with the “recipe” for the best use of your space and make your project a much more enjoyable experience!
2015 Lee@ A Guide to Landscape Design & Maintenance.