A DESIGN is a “visual conversation” and allows us to develop a shared vision, explore materials choices and lay out the sizes and locations of the various elements of the landscape more fully. Sometimes this is not necessary if you have a clear direction in mind or a simple project which is easy to estimate without any drawing or more detailed discussions (e.g. a simple patio, retaining wall, or plant addition). However, with years of field experience, we have found that the best projects are completed with design work, and taking the time and the money to plan the project upfront far outweighs the cost in relation to the value.
Traditionally in construction projects a 10% of project cost budget is allotted for design, but we find that we are usually less than 5% of project cost. Full residential landscape plans can range from $500 to $1500 and occasionally more for larger or complicated projects. Basic project designs can range from $250 to $500 for a simple patio/deck or single landscape bed. Designing on a tight budget can also be accomplished by scheduling a one-time onsite consultation of 1 to 3 hours with one of our designers. Our horticulture specialist also provides free garden design consultations at our nursery based on a client’s site photos and measurements.
We charge $100/hour for our design services. Our designers are experienced and certified professionals. We separate the design charge and process from the built project because we want you to have a great process and product. The design is a means to implement your project, but really the most important part! As designers we are your advisors in developing your project to suit your needs and fit your budget.