The Process & Choices
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SAMPLES OF CAD "FINAL PLAN" PRESENTATIONS & "CONCEPTS"
THE CONSULTATION MEETING
DESIGN CONSTRUCTION OPTIONS
I will first meet with you
at the site or residence in question. During the initial meeting we should discuss your wish list and what you would
like to generally accomplish. I will ask you a few questions that will help me to see where your thoughts are at
with regards to the design process and what experiences you may have had previously, favorable or otherwise. If
you want to show me magazines, photos etc. of what appeals to you as a general look, please feel free to do so.
While this is not necessary for me to arrive at a plan, it will assist me in seeing what you may consider or label as
a particular style of design, such as English garden, Tropical, Contemporary, Minimalist etc. Some clients
do not have this material at the initial meeting, while others have a library. Since 95% of my work is from referrals from
projects completed, clients will usually have some items to discuss and basically want to meet, break the
ice and have a general discussion about the property and layout.,
As a general
rule I do not ask what the budget will be, but you may offer that information if you would like. I always inform my potential
clients to let me design the property as I think it should be done, including some extras along with your previous input/guidelines
to me. That way we can then go back and eliminate items or scale down the scope of the design to fit it into the budget that
you have available. This allows you to be exposed to what can be done and not have the " I wish I had known we could
have had that" syndrome. In some cases, after getting an estimate, we have scaled up, adding items and
elements and finished materials that the budget still allows. If you have an absolute budget, and want or
must to stick to it and time is a major factor, then letting me know that before we start the design process is a good
idea. We can then concentrate our efforts on a design that fits the pocket comfortably. This will save some potentially
wasted time in adding elements that will only in the end lure you into spending more than you should. Remember, additional stress should
not be part of this process.
There is a nominal consultation fee due at the initial
meeting. This fee will be deducted from the standard "Design Fee" if you sign on to move
forward with the full design plan. Half of this fee will be deducted for any of the other choices found below.
DESIGN CONSTRUCTION OPTIONS
ART DESIGNS & INSTALLS - With this choice, I will design everything from A-Z. This includes hardscape(ie:pergolas,
bbq's, walls, pathways etc.), irrigation(layout), lighting(layout), sods/grasses, and all plant material(types, sizes,
quantities, locations). I will gather all estimates from any necessary contractors, and perform the installation under Natures
Art license. This will insure that you only have to speak to "one person" during the installation/construction.
More importantly, all responsibility falls into my hands. I find this minimizes lost communication from person(client or sub-contractor)
to person(s) in charge. A full plan will be submitted after 3-4 meetings which could take place over a period of
anywhere from 4-8 weeks.
I hire only licensed and insured contractors, all other labor
works under Natures Art license. Natures Art is a current member of the California Landscape Contractors Association, licensed,
bonded and insured.
At our final meeting, after the 4-8 weeks of design time, and the final plan has been approved, we
will have one final submission meeting 7-9 business days from approval date to review the total estimate, or
I can fax back an estimate for installation/construction of all included elements on the plan within 7-9 business days
from approval date.
ART DESIGNS & YOU INSTALL - With this choice I will design A-Z. You can then use your own labor or contacts. You will be responsible for
your own contractors/labor. I can supervise the installation, or a portion of it for a set fee. This is for "design implementation"
only. Sometimes a client just finds it helpful to meet with the labor they have hired to maybe get them started,
have me stake out the plan, or possibly visit daily to make sure all is going as designed. Under this plan the plant
material would still be installed and purchased by Natures Art. After discussing the extent of my involvement,
I will fax back an estimate of the hours required for over-seeing any project aspect within 3-4 business days, or just
an estimate for the plant material and labor to install it within 4-6 business days.
DO YOU NEED IDEAS ? - Natures Art
also performs concept work. This is not a substitute for the two(2) options explained above. This works best
for individuals who have construction/installation experience, or have a keen eye for visualization. Sometimes a client just
wants to see what a certain section(s) will appear as on the property, or maybe get rough ideas to work on at
their leisure, combined with periodic phone calls to me to guide them along during the process. However, you may find it useful. Real
photos of your property with computer generated overlays of
plants and structures designed by me, are the design materials you will receive. Sometimes due to clutter etc.
on property the photo will not be clear, so a hand drawn sketch "overlay" will also be used in conjunction
with computer generation. We will discuss the level of design and scope you want to accomplish so I may estimate the
hours of time to arrive at some "conceptual" ideas. I will fax you an estimate of the hours required to design
a few conceptual views within 1-2 business days.
DO YOU ALREADY HAVE PLANS ? - If you already have plans(or partial plans), and need materials such as flagstone, decorative boulders/gravel, vases/pottery,
sods or plants delivered(sorry no construction materials ie:cinder block, re-bar, lumber). I would arrange to meet you
at the site/residence to discuss your list or to take any necessary measurements. You can explain the level of my involvement
that you require. Dependent on quantity of materials needed, the response time, to receive your estimate
will vary. I will fax back an estimate of labor cost along with any materials within 3-8 business days.
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