THE DESIGN PROCESS
Starting a landscape project, big or small, can feel intimidating, but luckily there is a design process that can guide us. Allow yourself to follow this process to see how your design projects evolve, rather than jumping in towards the end with details. Collecting and conceptualizing many ideas over several steps will strengthen your final design.
STEP ONE: COLLECT
Learn about your client + establish the design program
How will your client (or you!) use their landscape, what issues need to be resolved, what is their style, what is their budget? Make a list of wishes that you can easily refer to as you progress through the design process. Learn more here.
Draw the basemap
The basemap is the plan view, or birds eye view, of the existing site. This includes the house, plants, utilities, structures and anything else that will be staying through the final design.
Create a site study
Use the basemap to inventory and evaluate site features that might potentially influence the final design. This could include things like drainage, wind and sun patterns, views, zoning ordinances, and architectural style of the house.