If you’re considering hiring a northern Colorado landscape designer, it is very important that you find a designer that you like and with whom you can communicate well. Each designer will do things a little differently. This is basically my protocol:
First, we will tour your property and discuss what you want/don’t want and determine your limits. I’ll show you more examples of work I’ve done so you’ll know what you’ll be getting. This initial meeting is FREE to you. I then set my price for the design work based on the scope of work as I understand it from touring the property. Every property is different (size, shape, existing landscape or lack thereof, etc.); therefore, I don’t have a set price until I’ve seen the property.
Next, I’ll take measurements and establish a base map. I usually do this on a separate visit as it is rather time consuming. Then I draw up two alternative landscape design concepts.
We’ll have a second meeting at this point where I will present these two drawings to you, pointing out various features of the design. I’ll leave these two drawings with you for a week or so, which gives you time to consider both plans. I encourage you to stake out some of the features in the yard, walk around the yard and see how it really fits or if it needs to be tweaked. Elements from both plans can be integrated into the final design.
For the final design, you will get not only a scale drawing of your property, but also a notebook with all kinds of detailed information – check lists, planting plans, information about the plants, shopping lists, materials estimates and maintenance information. I believe that people who are willing to put in some of the work themselves really learn to love the plants and thereby take better care of them.
As you can see, this is a collaborative process. We will have many opportunities to discuss the vision for your property – your input into this process is very important to me. You will feel that you have ownership in the resulting landscape design. Also, design work is a creative process and one that shouldn’t be rushed. You should expect this process to take several weeks at the very least.
I’d love to meet you! (Don’t forget, the first meeting is free and there’s no obligation.) You can call or text me at (970) 988-3808 or fill in the form and I will email you back (it helps filter out the spam).