Consultation at the Garden Center – a no charge service that can help with plant selection, garden design, and ideas how to integrate into your existing living environment with patios, walkways, stairs and pathways. Photos and drawings showing your existing situation always make it easier to understand the setting. One particularly helpful document is the house location survey, or plat, a scaled drawing showing the house and the property and their dimensions. It’s best not to enlarge this document, as it throws off the scale. Email in the adobe.pdf format to email@example.com is another way to share this document with our landscape designers.
Consultation at Your House – a visit to your house to discuss and advise how we might solve your outdoor difficulties, or just make your home more beautiful and functional. Our landscape design services can provide rough sketches and notes, or sometimes just talking possibilities is all that’s needed. This is generally for those just beginning to think about what work to do, and it helps to frame the direction forward. There is a $60/hour fee for landscape design services and most meetings are about one hour. It always helps to have any documents available with copys for sketching and notes.
For those that are closer to ready to move forward, we offer landscape design services that begin with a meeting at your site and then work to develop a detailed scaled drawing that can eventually be used to estimate and install the improvements sought. There is a $60/hour fee for this service and a range of time required for the scope of your design will be discussed as part of the initial meeting. The property plat is a help but don’t worry if you don’t have yours, on site measurements combined with online records and google aerial photos all help put the package together.
Whether the project is defined by a fully fledged design, or a sketch, or a discussion, the next step is to provide an estimate for the intended work. The meeting to discuss the estimate is generally held at the Garden Center, where samples of plants and Gardens show what can be expected, along with other material samples and displays.
After considering the estimate, a verbal commitment to go forward with the landscape contracting work will hold a place in the schedule for the landscape work to be installed. After the agreement paperwork is drawn up, signed and combined with the initial payment, the landscape contracting work can begin.
Our landscape contracting services work on a lump sum basis, meaning that the total price for the work is offered before work begins. Payments are made on progress points, meaning that as the landscape work completes to a certain point, say the demolition is complete and debris is removed, then a previously agreed payment is due. The initial payment is always at the signing of the landscape contract agreement, and the last payment is always at completion. Sometimes, with smaller jobs, only two payments are needed.
If the landscape contracting work scheduled in the agreement changes as the work progresses, the cost and the schedule for the work changes also.
Change orders – the largest changes are handled with signed documents which detail the situation and the costs and completion time adjustments
Extras – additional work that is discussed and performed at extra cost. Added as a line item to the invoice
Time and Material charges – landscape contract work that cannot be reasonably anticipated for the scope needed are charged by the hour. Examples of difficult to judge work are rotten wood repair or the removal of giant boulders.