How to Get a Landscape Design

What can you Expect...

Call and Chat About Your Project

Call our cell phone (780) 232 5308 and/or leave a text message. A designer will return your call between appointments! We design year round so call anytime. Technology is not always reliable, so if you don't hear back in a couple of days, please send an email through our contact page.

 

Book 2 to 4 Hours of Design Time

Most completed plans will cost between $695 and $945 plus GST. Acreages are naturally a bit more. Feel free to set a time limit if your budget requires - the designer will set priorities with you.

We accept Cash, Cheque, and E-transfer.

Mileage will only be added beyond an hour of Edmonton. Adele has flown to a variety of locations and is happy to discuss how that might work for you.

Receive a Questionnaire by Email

This questionnaire is simply a document for you to organize your ideas and to trigger intense family discussions before your appointment. Do not stress if it doesn’t seem to apply - the designer is skilled at finding out what you want!

Compile Your Information

We request that you have your Real Property Report at the appointment. It facilitates the drawing process and has vital information about grading, property lines, utility right of ways, etc. You can often find it attached to your bill of sale for your home.

Please check this RPR document to see if there are Restrictive Covenants listed. If so, please contact the developer or city to see what these restrictions are about before our appointment - it can say things like you can't build a shed or a retaining wall or a pond there, or there are underground utilities present.

We will do our best to accommodate those clients with missing information but you should check it out before building anything or digging.

The Designer Arrives and Measures

The designer will leave some pictures for you to look at while she measures and looks around. She will measure the existing features such as decks, sheds, trees, neighbour's items, etc and is generally prefers to do this on her own as she is getting a good feel of the space, slopes, and subtle issues. A quick walk around with you before she measures is always welcome.

Please consider the designers safety and communicate any hazards (dog poop, holes in the ground, open casement windows, cranky neighbours, etc) that might be present.

You Flag Pictures in Her Portfolio

Let her know what you like or don’t like by putting sticky notes in the photo album or by making a plant list from the catalogues that she brings. This keeps you busy while she is measuring and drawing the base plan and makes the plant labelling part of the design go much quicker.

(You can ignore this part if it stresses you out! You have hired a professional who will make it awesome.)

The Base Plan Gets Drawn

Your plan will be drawn on a large sheet of grid paper that you will keep at the end of the appointment!

No computers are used.

Please have an empty surface available - kitchen islands and dining rooms tables are awesome, or a sheet of drywall works well too! Adele brings a portable drawing surface and generally stands to draw.

Your designer is creating a scale drawing which turns your plan into a very useful document that can be used for calculating rough quantities of materials and placement of items during the construction process. 

The Design Conversation Happens with Your Participation

This is the fun part! The designer will review your questionnaire and look at your pictures and notes. She will guide you through a design process that includes: traffic flow (driveways, pathways, gates), fencing, sitting spaces (decks and patios), retaining walls, water features, hot tubs, pools, fire pits, etc. All of these will be shown to scale in their locations on the plan.

By the end of the appointment, all of the plants will be labelled with hard to kill and colourful selections that emphasize shape, size, texture, and seasonal interest. The plan will be coloured artistically so you can read it easily.

Some of the technical installation details and specifications will be left for you to discuss with the contractors and retailers. For example, deck surfacing or retaining wall types or railing selections. This creates a bit of flexibility for contractors to promote products that they like to use.

The Plan and Extra Information Are Left with You

The plan is yours at the end of the appointment! Please take your design for copying and laminating (every year at least 2 people lose their drawing somewhere/somehow!). Never lend out the original (especially to contractors - they have a lot going on in their trucks!).

Now that you have the plan, an extra document is provided to you that describes how to proceed with the installation of your project. These are suggestions that are based on decades of experience and will save you a lot of experimentation and money!

 

You Proceed with Quotes and Installation

Earthworm does not install gardens. However, we do hand out some names of good people for you to call. We recommend that you get at least two price quotes on your project. Call Landscape Alberta for information on people in the industry.

The designer can come back during installation! Most contractors will have no trouble following the plan but sometimes they want to see a change happen or you've had another idea to add in. If something needs to be tweaked, it is highly recommended that you invite the designer to pop back in to do the adjusting so that the flow and overall plan remains strong and consistent. A 3 way conversation at the layout stage of the project is always awesome!

"Contagious enthusiasm. Thanks for sharing your expertise."

- Brenda Ebear - Landscape Design Class Participant

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