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2015 At Home Magazine Featured Project

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A Brief Summary of a Typical Landscape Design Project

Client Meeting

We meet with the property owner/client at the project site and discuss goals for the projects. Then a proposal agreement for our services is sent for review and approval of the client. This agreement spells out the fees and a description of the work to be completed

Design Phase

Based on discussions with the client and a site analysis for note taking, we develop a 2D schematic design plan or the landscape. This concept rendering is an illustration that shows how the property or landscape can look with the new design.

Sometimes we prepare more than one design schematic plan. And, during this design phase we may also prepare 3d design renderings to better depict proposed designs.  During

Working Drawings

This is the part of the project where we really figure out how the project will be built. We work with clients to select materials, finishes, plants and more. We take the Phase 1 design sketch plan and turn it into working construction documents, which are comprehensive drawings, detailing the intent of how the project will be installed. Contractors will use these drawings to submit competitive bid proposals for the work. Drawings typically include Layout/Dimensions Plans, Planting Plan and Plant List, Working Construction Detailing, Specifications and more.


Using the intent of the schematic design plan (and 3D visualization), and the Phase 2 working drawings and details, we seek necessary approvals and permits. For example, Planning and Zoning Approvals, Wetlands and Conservation Permits, etc. Some projects may require that permits be applied for early-on in the process to be more confident that the project can indeed happen. For straight-forward projects there may be few or no formal permits required or only simpler approvals necessary.


At this point, SJLA conducts construction observation and clarifies design intent and assists in facilitating changes, correction and additions to the project. We also assist in the coordination between some trades that are working on the project. For example, we facilitate communication and coordination between landscapers, masons, fence contractors, carpenters, house builders, etc.

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