Frequently Asked Questions / Design Build

Your portfolio is full of large ambitious properties. Would you even be interested in our smaller project?

Yes, absolutely. Every large project is simply a series of smaller ones put together. The size of our teams are adjusted to fit the size of the project, large or small.

How much does landscaping cost?

This question is always a challenge. It’s akin to saying, I want a car. How much does a car cost? Should we decide to meet, our first visit will largely be about trying to get an understanding of your wish list and the challenges of the site so we can ultimately have a realistic discussion about broad stroke investment expectations. There is no point moving forward into drawings unless all parties are in agreement on the budget parameters.

We are only interested in some landscape drawings. Is that a service you provide?

Typically we are only interested in drawing for our own teams. We are Design Build because we fundamentally believe it produces unparalleled results.

How much do landscape drawings cost?

Usually design costs end up being between 3% and 5% of the overall investment.

How does the design process work?

At our first meeting we will discuss wish list items, site challenges, anticipated project timelines, broad stroke investment expectations and expected design costs. Upon receiving a design retainer we will set the date and time for our next meeting. Meetings are generally held two weeks apart. Initial drawings are focused on foot printing and space management. The idea is not to get too far into a concept without regrouping with the client and ensuring we are all on the same page. Each subsequent version of the drawing has increased detail. The number of meetings varies with each client. Typically we can have a solid plan and an itemized quotation in 3 to 5 meetings.

Are we credited back the cost of the drawings when we move ahead with the build portion of our project?


Who would you say your typical client is?

Typically our clients are homeowners who have decided they wish to stay in their present home for the foreseeable future. The focus is on creating space for themselves, their family and their friends to enjoy. Generally we are not a fit for speculative builders or individuals looking to flip their homes in the next few months.

It is not uncommon that our clients have been involved in a designer/contractor experience before. They have perhaps come away frustrated with chasing down and managing the various designers and trades in an effort to get a coherent result. Our typical client does not want to be their own general contractor.