A Design Process You Can Trust
Our landscape design consultants will work closely with you throughout the entire design process from concept to the final design and drawings. They will then monitor progress as work is performed to insure that everything goes as planned.
Consultation and Contract
The design process begins when a member of our staff meets with you, on site, to discuss your landscape and architectural objectives. As we listen to your ideas and become more familiar with your property and intended improvements, we begin to define a scope for your project. This tells us specifically what you wish to accomplish. You can review our portfolio, which has examples of completed projects and provides us with insight as to your personal objectives, aesthetic sensibilities, and budgetary outlook. We define the sequence of tasks likely to be involved in realizing your project and assess your expectations for time and completion.
- The design process continues as we develop a plan of existing conditions that becomes the foundation for further design work. Our staff spends the necessary time on site to survey and evaluate existing landscape and architectural features, giving us first-hand knowledge of design considerations such as noise, drainage patterns, and the presence of pleasurable or unpleasant vistas to and from the site. We photograph the site to assist in the design development process. Northern Lights will digitally survey each site to accurately represent the topography and features of each property. We will also incorporate information obtained from collaborating engineering and architectural professionals.
- Lastly, we will investigate and find solutions to any potential local, state, or federal regulations that could be a roadblock for your project.
- The first step in the Concept Development process is to discuss with the client specific goals for the project. This enables both parties to have a mutually agreeable expectation, budget and timeline.
- Next, we analyze the extent to which existing conditions affect your desired goals. There may be a range of alternative design solutions. Discussing the pros and cons of alternatives helps us focus and select the design direction that most closely fits your needs and objectives. From this emerges a design that is then drawn as a conceptual plan, "to scale,". We review this with you along with necessary sketches, illustrative details and graphics, and a preliminary cost projection for the proposed scope of work.
- We also encourage continued client participation through site and office meetings to review proposed construction materials and potential budget alternatives.
Final Design and Drawings
- Upon approval of the design and budget presented at the conceptual stage, the process moves toward implementation. A comprehensive overall plan is developed, which includes detailed specifications for the various components of the project, such as grading, planting, lighting, and construction details. Together with the client, decisions are made regarding contractor selection, schedules, and final budgets.
- At this point, Northern Lights will assist in the important, yet complex permitting issues that often impact landscape architectural projects. The permitting process typically includes the Planning, Zoning, Historic, and Conservation Commission town boards.