Design & Preliminary Budget
B We use CAD software to produce design drawings. For simple patios or walls, we will create line drawings with dimensions (at right) and then write up a detailed line-item estimate to install the project based on our sketch.
For larger, more involved projects, particularly involving lots of plants, we will do a preliminary concept sketch of potential bedlines, driveway, patios, walls, water features, outdoor kitchen, lighting, etc. to go over at our next meeting. We’ll also write up a proposed budget to install this preliminary design. After you see and like the concepts and general budget level, and feel comfortable moving forward, the next step may be minor revisions, an installation contract or a design contract where more detailed design work is needed.
Design contract fees vary with the scope of your project and with how you want your design presented. Sometimes we will have 3-4 drawings including grading plans for drainage, hardscape elements, plantings, and elevations or construction cross-sections, all for one project (example at the bottom of this article.) Not all projects will need that much detail. The idea is to provide you with all the information you need to see and understand everything about your project, while also keeping your upfront design fee as low as possible. These fees are always refunded if you sign a construction contract with us. Please call or email us for more information about this aspect of your project.