Frequently Asked Questions
How do I schedule a consultation with a designer?
If you would like to schedule a design consultation, please don’t hesitate to contact us today at 508-886-2982. Our designers will gather a few details about your property and answer any questions you may have regarding our services and workflows. If it feels like a good match, we’ll then schedule an on-site consultation to walk through your property and discuss the project goals.
What happens in the design process?
Introductory Call & On-site Meeting
We like to begin each project with an introductory phone call with one of our designers, followed by an on-site meeting. The introductory call is a great opportunity to address any general questions and explain our design and installation services, project workflows, and budget considerations.
The on-site meeting gives us a better sense of the property conditions and the opportunity to present our design portfolio and, of course, answer any additional questions you may have. If the project is determined a good fit we will then provide an engagement contract and retainer request.
Upon receipt of the contract and retainer, we then meet again, at your property, to dig a bit deeper into the design preferences and options, project goals, and establish a project timeline.
The next step in the design process is the presentation of the design concept which includes a full-color plan accompanied by photo references, sketches, sample materials, as well as an estimated breakdown of project costs. Based on your feedback we then refine the design as needed, typically addressing stylistic choices, plant materials, and budget considerations.
Upon final approval of the project design, we then provide a formal installation proposal and contract, and determine the timing of the installation phase.
If you would like to learn more about our design process and see a few of our recent designs, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
How long will it take to create a design for my property?
There are many factors that can impact the design timeline including property size, project scope, and plant preferences. That said, we find that our designs usually require 6-8 weeks from start to finish, with review cycles and scope changes being the largest variable.
When is the best time to begin my landscape project?
Our landscape designers are hard at work throughout the year and are available for consultations even in the New England winters. There’s certainly no wrong time to begin the design process, though please keep in mind that as one of Boston’s premiere landscaping companies, things can get quite busy, especially during the spring and early summer months. For that reason, we encourage you to start the design process as early as possible.
Our installation window typically begins in early April and concludes in December. As you can appreciate, Mother Nature is difficult to predict, but our philosophy is to be on-site whenever the ground is workable.
What size projects do you take on?
We’ve tackled a wide range of project sizes, from simple foundation plantings to full property transformations exceeding $500,000. That said, the majority of our projects fall within the $50,000-$150,000 price range, and many are installed in a phased approach over several years.
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