The Design Process described here is based
on Fully Detailed, Personalized Design Plan Contracts
Only. Steps shown should be considered in general and
may vary from project to project. For Design Consultations,
please call our office to discuss if a Design Consultation is suitable for your property.
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Survey or lot plan details, if available, are provided
by the client before the first meeting. This information is entered into
the client’s file and a rough-detail drawing is created then taken
on site where the designer, along with the client, gather and record
all information including elevations; all pertinent measurements and
any existing elements. Design ideas and suggestions are
discussed as the designer and client(s) measure throughout the property.
our designer meets with the client indoors to
discuss property layout; wishes; needs; preferred
style; materials and plant selection. Elevations,
colours, etc. are detailed. The initial pencil
sketch with various elements is created. The
client is encouraged to ask questions and make
suggestions during this session. Visuals are
provided via a photo library including landscaped
properties; hard materials (walls, walkways,
fences, etc), trees and plants.
Using the recorded details
and rough-design sketch, the designer begins the process,
in-office, of entering all of the collected information.
All measurements and notes are added to the layout.
Structures, hard surfaces, walls, garden lines and trees
are drawn to the appropriate scale. The designer works
through this process until a solid representation of
the client’s needs and wishes are developed in what
is known as the ‘Preliminary Plan’.
4… While the LWS designer works
through the preliminary design plan,
the client receives a categorized list
of trees and plants to review, research
and choose as potential options within the
design plan. This list is returned to the
LWS designer as soon as possible for notation
and insertion into the plan. Plants incorporated
into the plan will be noted on the legend of
the final design plan. All hardscaping, structures,
pools, etc and major plantings are completed.
5… A second site visit
(full property designs only) is arranged between the client
and LWS designer. The scaled preliminary line design plan,
exclusive of the planting plan, is presented and reviewed
for approval. At this meeting revisions to the line design
will be finalized. A final plant list will be completed along
with general placement of the plants. Description and maintenance
of plants are discussed so clients can make the best decision for their gardens.
6… The final design is completed
at the LWS office. All revisions are made at this time.
And the labeling is added. A plant legend including type
and quantities is incorporated into the drawing. Sample elevation
details regarding planting instructions and/or structure designs
are added to assist the client throughout the installation process.
The final design plan is reviewed by the LWS designer.
When complete it is plotted in a scaled, black and white format.
7… The LWS designer meets
with the client on-site for delivery and review of the completed,
scaled design plan. Details of the final plant choices and placement
are discussed along with various hardscaping details.
Verbal instructions are provided to read and understand the
plan and its scale. Additional questions by the clients are
welcomed at this time regarding the final plan.
LWS library photos may be re-visited as required to assist the client.