Our residential landscape design process.

Landscape design has come a long way in recent years. Where we once used hand-drawn blueprints, we’re now able to use more accurate, sophisticated 3D modeling software that gives a rendering of your new landscape down to the last petunia.

This presents many advantages, the biggest being the ability to actually see what the finished product will look like—something that just isn’t possible with a 2D drawing. It also allows us to quickly make adjustments to any landscape design. These adjustments might be something like changing one of your dogwood trees to a Japanese maple, or switching the color and shape of the patio pavers in your new walkway.

 

Left: An example of our old design process. Right: The same landscape design using our new design software, which not only allows for quick adjustments to plant material and paver choices, but it also gives us the ability to create color renderings, artistic renderings, day and night comparisons, and more.


Having this type of flexibility is important to getting you the exact design you want. It also allows you to quickly check out many different options you may not have considered. Hardscapes, plant material, and even lighting can be adjusted to your exact specifications. And our 3D modeling software can show you the design from any perspective imaginable—from a chair next to the pool, the front porch, or from your next-door neighbor’s yard. The software can even show true shadows: By changing the date and time of day, it correctly alters the perspective based on the position of the sun.

The 3D models we create are so accurate because they use lots of photos—or architectural drawings from a home that hasn’t been built—and compiles them, taking into account every detail. Everything from the pitch of your roof to siding materials to subtle slopes in your yard are noted, giving us an image that’s incredibly close to real life.

The following example displays a 3D landscape rendering compared to the finished landscape, showing just how accurate the new modeling software is.

 

 

When designing your landscape, it’s important to work with a contractor who listens carefully to your vision and creates a design that fits your property and taste. Many contractors will propose designs that they would like to see carried out instead of paying close attention to you—and this often leads to a frustrating back-and-forth during the design process.

It’s also helpful to work with a contractor who has a detailed understanding of the flowers, trees, and shrubs typically used in your region, and who has significant experience with hardscapes, exterior lighting, and drainage, as these are all important elements in the final design. And it’s always a good idea to ask about guarantees on work and the expected time frame for your project.

From start to finish, our typical landscape design/build process takes around four to six weeks. This can fluctuate depending on changes to the design and the time of year when the process starts. Waiting until spring or summer can push back the timetable, as schedules fill up quickly. Also keep in mind that, like most contractors, we require a small down payment to create the 3D design. This will then be applied to the total cost of the job.

If you’re thinking about a new landscape design, the best time to start is now. Whether you have your own plan drilled down to the last detail or just have a few concepts in mind, we’d love to talk about how we can bring your dream landscape to life.

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