Process - Residential Design

Graphics are created using computer-aided drafting (AutoCAD) as well as by hand. Once a base map is created I will prepare hand-drawn concept sketches, based on your own desires for your landscape, as well as on practical considerations, such as slopes, sun and shade, access... As we discuss the sketches, your garden expression will come into focus. 

Following the conceptual phase, we may want to study further ideas, involve engineers or other consultants, or I will move on to construction drawings. Sometimes these drawings can be simplified, such as for a small space or if clients are experienced gardeners and are installing a planted area themselves. Often a full set of drawings is required, either for bidding purposes or for permit drawings. 

Two sample concept sketches for a suburban garden:

Working around existing decks, patios, and arbors, this plan established access to parts of the garden that weren't in use previously. In the back yard, the new corner firepit and patio opened up views across the long garden. The front yard shows a small sitting area and low walls to manage the sloping garden. 

Working around existing decks, patios, and arbors, this plan established access to parts of the garden that weren't in use previously. In the back yard, the new corner firepit and patio opened up views across the long garden. The front yard shows a small sitting area and low walls to manage the sloping garden. 

In this version the back yard deck was shortened and the patios revised, while retaining the arbor. An extensive raised vegetable garden area was created for these avid gardeners in a previously unused corner of the garden. The front yard, then lawn on a slope, was treated simply with pathways, low walls, and a selection of drought tolerant shrubs and perennials. We worked out a combination of the two sketches for the final plan. 

In this version the back yard deck was shortened and the patios revised, while retaining the arbor. An extensive raised vegetable garden area was created for these avid gardeners in a previously unused corner of the garden. The front yard, then lawn on a slope, was treated simply with pathways, low walls, and a selection of drought tolerant shrubs and perennials. We worked out a combination of the two sketches for the final plan. 

Computer generated drawings are used for more detailed drawings. Parts of some of those drawings are shown below.