February 21, 2019

Our Process

We have developed the following design process through years of experience working on residential landscapes:

Step 1 – Ask The Expert:  Our design process begins with a complimentary 30-minute phone consultation with one of our Licensed Landscape Architects to discuss your project.  This is an opportunity to talk about your specific goals and challenges relating to your landscape project. 

Step 2 – Project Planning:  During this initial phase we establish the BIG IDEA for your landscape!  But this phase is more than just a pie in the sky wish-list of your yard – we work with you to discuss your budget options, and develop phasing plans so that you can move forward with confidence! During the Project Planning phase we meet with you on-site and identify the unique opportunities and constraints of your project.  We research any potential restrictions (municipal zoning ordinances and HOA requirements) that you might not be aware of.  We utilized this information to develop a concept plan for your project, along with a preliminary construction budget to help guide you as you move forward! The cost for project planning ranges from $600-$2400 depending on how many revisions and how much visualization you need. Click here to see our Project Planning Packages and get started today!

Step 3 – Construction Documents:  This is the phase in which we translate the big design idea into detailed working documents for contractors to bid and build off of.  Construction drawings usually include a fully dimensioned and key-noted site plan, with referenced detail drawings and specifications calling out specific materials and construction methods.  It also includes planting and irrigation plans.  Detailed construction drawings ensure that you know exactly what product and quality you are getting for the money that you are spending, and allows you to get truly comparative bids from multiple contractors.  The cost of Construction Drawings is typically around 10% of your overall project budget.

Step 4 – Construction:  Using the construction drawings that we developed in step 3, we work with you and the contractor(s) to obtain bids, and then coordinate with you and the contractor(s) throughout the construction process, including scheduling, answering your and contractor questions that inevitably arise during the construction process, and responding to unexpected issues that might arise (changes in site conditions or lack of availability of a desired product or plant are common ones that we see a lot).  We also review contractor invoices for approval prior to payment, and walk through the project with you and the contractor before completion to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with all of the work.  We provide construction administration services on an hourly basis.


Io LandArch would love to work with you! Contact us to set up a complimentary consultation call!