The Landscape Design Process

Julia's landscape designs are done at your property as scale, architectural pencil drawings to allow for spontaneous creativity, maximum usefulness, and affordability.

There are two main steps to the landscape design process:

1. Booking and preparing for your landscape design appointment

The landscape design process begins when you book your appointment with Julia. At this time, you will be asked to answer a number of questions about the existing condition of your property and about what you want and need in your landscape design. You may also request to have a questionnaire faxed or e-mailed to you rather than answer the questions over the phone.

We also suggest that you provide us with a real property report or blueprints for your property before your design appointment with Julia. This will allow Julia to prepare a scale drawing of your property ahead of time so that during your appointment she can concentrate on working with you to design the landscape of your dreams.

2. Your landscape design appointment

Julia will arrive at your property at the scheduled time and after brief introductions and a preliminary look around the yard, she will be ready to start your landscape design. If you did not provide a real property report or blueprint, then Julia will spend roughly the first hour measuring your yard and making a scale drawing of the property. She will then accompany you around the yard for a more careful inspection of the existing elements such as shapes and colours of structures (house, shed, fence etc.), existing plants, elevations, sun exposure, drainage paths, and lines of sight. You are encouraged to provide input during this phase.

The next step is to discuss all of your landscape design needs and desires with Julia in detail. She will review your questionnaire, listen to everything you have to say, and provide you with suggestions and comments until you have reached a consensus about what to put in your design. We want you to be happy with your design so be sure to ask as many questions and make as many suggestions as you like. Julia will then draw in the positions of all the elements of the design (flower beds, walkways, patios, trees, etc.), check it with you, and rework it as required. Once you are satisfied with the layout, Julia will fill in some more details and prepare you a plant list. That's it!

The whole process usually takes about 2 to 3 hours and you are left with a professional, scale architectural landscape design ready to be constructed by you or your landscape construction company of choice.
(Note: for particularly large or complicated designs, Julia may need to bring the drawing home to complete, although this is rare).

If you have any questions about the landscape design process, pleas do not hesitate to contact us.