The Design Process

1)      Initial client meeting and Site Evaluation- At this meeting the client will have the opportunity express desires of the site. Pictures and measurements (if needed) will be taken. It is helpful to have a plot plan of the site with property lines, drain fields, and etc. indicated. Also any other plans of the property (i.e. house plans) are also helpful. These plans will be copied and used as a reference when creating a base map.

2)      Estimate and Contract- An estimate is written up and a contract is sent to the client. The client can mail or scan and resend the signed contract with the retainer. Once the retainer is collected the design process will begin.

3)      Base Map is produced - This indicates all existing buildings on the property, drain fields, wells, existing elements that will remain on final plan and etc. It is a blank canvas to design on.

4)      Layout Plan is produced- A layout plan indicates all hard surfaces (i.e. decks, walkways, patios, water features, etc.) and where the planting beds will be on the property.

5)      Additional Plans and Drawings are produced (If needed) – Some projects require extra detail and require additional plans such as where to cut and fill dirt, architectural facade drawings, and specialty section and elevation drawings.

6)      Layout Plan Meeting- The layout plan and additional plans are presented to the client for review and analysis. This analysis leads to the final planting plan/ master plan.

7)      Planting Plan/ Master Plan is produced- Shows all hard elements of the layout plan plus all the plants with a detailed depiction of the location with a schedule of the names, quantity, size, and spacing required. All final plans are full color rendered.     

8) Planting Plan Meeting- The planting plan is reviewed and explained.


Hanna Bell Thomas