VISTAS LANDSCAPING HOW THE DESIGN PROCESS WORKS
Every plan that
we create here at New Vistas is a custom design unique to each individual
site and the dreams and wishes of that particular client. We feel
that it is important for us to meet with clients on site at their
homes or businesses when we are helping them with landscape planning,
whether we are starting from scratch, or updating an existing landscape.
The landscape and other buildings that surround a property are an
important part of the total “picture” that someone will
actually “see” when the project is complete. For our
fee structure, we charge for consulting, measuring, and designing.
There is no charge for estimating, which usually takes longer than
the first three all put together.
Consultations run $75 to 115 for an hour based on the distance from
our office in Goshen- 5 minutes to 1 hour away, respectively. The
additional time beyond an hour would just be whatever portion of
the base rate of $75 an hour that we would use. During that time
I try to be as helpful as I can, answering questions, offering suggestions,
etc. If we are using this time as a data gathering toward drawings,
then I would ask questions and take lots of notes so that the end
design would be sure to reflect the client's wishes. I bring with
me portfolio books of lots of landscaping, so that clients can point
out plants and styles of planting that they like or don't like and
I can show them how different plants, edgings or patio surfaces
look in the landscape, etc.
Design work includes: measuring the existing site and buildings
and entering measurements into the computer to create a base plan
in CAD, designing the new landscaping, and preparing the scale,
color plan for presentation with key and text as well as pictures
of the plants put in photo sticky pages, arranged as they would
be in the landscaping beds.
run from $200 for a plan around a patio to $3600 for a 2 acre property
with specialty areas like perennial beds, water gardens, retaining
walls, etc. Many times, given these two ends of the range, clients
have a feel for where their size project might come out with design
The design fees
are included in the total estimate for a project and only need to
be paid separately if a client needs to hold off on developing the
landscape until another season.
Once the design is complete, our experienced crew can do the installation
work, our clients can do their own installation, or we can do something
we call “share-install”, where our crew handles the
part of the job you do not wish to tackle, and you complete the
part you enjoy.
For our "do-it-yourselfers"
clients we have three different options for the development of plans.
The client can pay for the plan separately, or have it included
in a package where the plants and materials are purchased from New
Vistas. Clients can pick up the plants and materials here at our
shop, or we can deliver everything to them either to be left in
the drive, for example or to be placed right onto the spots where
they will be planted. We call this last option "staking out"
and many of our do-it-yourselfers like this idea because they do
not have to spend a lot of time measuring out where the edging and
all the plants are to go before they start to work.
We look forward to scheduling an appointment with you. In the first
appointment, it is helpful to meet with all the people who will
be involved in making the final decision on the project. Since I
need to be available in the morning to supervise the crew, I begin
scheduling appointments at 2:00 in the afternoon. If clients cannot
meet during the day, I am available to meet after supper in the
evening Monday through Thursday.
De Pue FAPLD, owner and head designer at New Vistas Landscaping