Friday, June 23, 2017

THE DESIGN PROCESS PART 6 - FULL GARDEN DESIGN

Once you have approved the concept plan then the designer takes that and creates detailed drawings that any licensed landscape contractor can accurately bid from.  These detailed drawings come in two forms, hardscape and planting.   The hardscape plan should show dimensions of all the hard surfaces in your garden and indicate the exact type of materials to be used.  The planting plan will show the exact location of the plants as well as have a legend that shows the name, size and quantity of the plants.  The picture to the right is a sample planting plan that I did for a homeowners in Orange.

Friday, June 16, 2017

THE DESIGN PROCESS PART 5 - DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

In the world of professional landscape design there are three phases of the actual process in which a designer completes the work.  The first phase is design development which includes the designer measuring the site, creating a site plan, doing site analysis and creating concept drawings.  This is an important phase as having an accurate site plan of your space makes the other phases come together much more smoothly.  The site plan needs to be detailed as it represents what your space is like and has accurate dimensions of the various components of your garden.

The site analysis is also key in understanding the nuts and bolts of your site like soil condition, sun/shade and various other factors.  There might be elements in your garden that you might be keeping that would be important to note.  The concept drawings are also equally important as they allow you to get a first hand look of what is possible in your garden.  This is where the designer will meet with you to go over the concepts and you get to voice your opinion.  This video explains that entire process and much more.  

Friday, June 9, 2017

THE DESIGN PROCESS PART 4 - DESIGN BIDS


You might be thinking that getting a bid from a designer is unnecessary.  But the truth is that design bids and contracts are a very important as they protect you from getting taken for a ride. It is also a great way for you to have on paper exactly what the designer is going to do for you.  This means several things...  First the price tag that the designer has listed in the contract is exactly what you are going to pay and not a cent more.  Second, this makes the designer obligated to perform the tasks that they said they would.  Lastly it ensures that you are genuinely interested in working with this designer and not just trying to get a free design.  Truth be told us designer do designs not only as our passion but also as our primary source of income. As much as we love doing designs, we also love being able to pay our bills and eat a well balanced meal. This video explains all you need to know about design bids.