Landscape Design/Build Construction Processes
Phase 1: Design Consultation | Phase 2: Conceptual Design | Phase 3: Construction Drawings | Phase 4: Installation | Phase 5: Maintenance
Phase One: Design Consultation
Our process begins with an on-site design consultation with a representative of TruNorth Landscaping. Our Landscape Designer and our General Manager bring over sixty years of combined experience in design, construction, and landscape maintenance. Our goal during this meeting is to get to know our client and their dreams or wishes for their property. This consultation provides us with an opportunity to first listen to the various landscape elements the customer desires in their ideal design, but to also exchange ideas that may reveal other design considerations. Our inquiries during this consultation will allow us to create a unique design, crafted specifically to fit the individual needs, lifestyle, and property of each client. Finally, we will spend time discussing budget. It is an important component that we do not take lightly. Our intention is to present our customers with a beautiful plan that meets their individual budget. With our years of experience, we can provide various cost saving alternatives to consider without sacrificing the design. It is our goal to honor our client’s time, exceed their desires, and show them how a creative landscape design can become a reality within their budget.
Phase Two: Conceptual Design
The conceptual design phase begins with a survey of the property and the gathering of site-specific information. A Plat of Survey of the property and/or architectural plans are very helpful in allowing us to prepare accurate base drawings of the existing conditions. If this information is not available, we will take the necessary measurements to ensure an accurate design can be prepared, while accounting for all of the existing conditions. This may include locating other accessory structures, existing trees, other existing plant materials, site drainage patterns, solar orientation, finish floor elevations and walk-out basement elevations when applicable to accommodate drainage and grade changes during the design phase. As designers, we are inherently influenced by the architectural style and details of a customer’s home, and they will be an influence on our design and may become an element that is woven within the landscape theme for a home.
With the acquired base information, we begin the design of the landscape concept. The plan is a reflection of our customer’s desires, designed in harmony with the realities and existing conditions of the property. The plan may be relatively simple, such as a small courtyard area, or it could be a larger plan, such as a comprehensive master plan of a large estate. In conjunction with completing the design of the landscape concept, we also prepare a budget outline of the associated project costs.
Phase Three: Construction Drawings and Proposal
Construction drawings vary greatly between projects and may include, but are not limited to: hard surface layout, grading, drainage, framing, planting, irrigation, and lighting layout plans, as well as critical details, cross-section, elevations, and planting schedules. During this time, we are also reviewing various hard surface material and color samples with the customer for final approval. The next step will involve the customer’s final review of construction drawings and presentation of our proposal for intended work. Once we have a signed contract, we will place the project on our construction schedule.
Phase Four: Installation
The installation of the design will be supervised by the Manager and Landscape Designer. They will be in contact with the foreman and installation crew throughout the construction period. In many cases, the Manager and Landscape Designer will be on-site at key times during the construction, working with the crews to ensure every detail is addressed per plan.
Phase Five: Maintenance
The first couple of years are the most difficult for transplanted trees and shrubs. Our maintenance experts can help ensure the livelihood of the new plantings and lawn, so the client can begin enjoying the space immediately. Maintenance plans are able to be customized, and we take into consideration plant and lawn fertilization, plant protection, disease management, pruning, and spring/fall cleanups. Our goal is to keep your landscape in optimal health and maintain its beautiful appearance.