There are important steps to be take before embarking on a landscape design project. Weather elements and soil analysis all play a crucial part in plant selection, placement and soil to be used to ensure the best results. We have sourced the following article which may give you more insight into this.
The Site Inventory And Analysis Landscape Architecture Process
The process of Site Inventory and Analysis Lanscape Architecture process involves detailed planning of both the hardscape and softscape features of an area in order to make the optimum use of an outdoor space. When starting your planning be sure to consider such factors as entertainment space, privacy, maintenance, drainage, cost and of course aesthetics and functionality. The proper planning of a property can be an overwhelming task for the homeowner and often a professional designer may be called in to tackle the task at hand. The designer will discuss with you all the factors involved and organize the information as a drafted plan that can be implemented all at once or in phases. The purpose of a landscape design plan is to show the “big picture” of how your property will develop over time.
The Design Process:
Site Analysis: Site Analysis involves walking the property and taking note of existing features such as hardscape, existing plantings, sunlight, elevation, drainage and location of utilities such as cesspools, drywells, cable or gas. A survey of the property will help to facilitate this procedure.
Conceptual Plan: The conceptual plan is an overview or the initial layout showing the location of hardscape and softscape. Hardscape is defined as anything permanent and static such as pools, water features, patios, walkways, driveways or retaining walls. Softscape involves anything that is dynamic or changing such as the plantings and whether the look is to be formal, informal, cottage style or traditional. At this time each aspect of the design can be discussed and be altered as needed and the designer’s job is to make sure that all the elements work together to make the design functional.
Master Plan: Upon approval of the conceptual plan the designer will then draft a scaled to size master plan (or blueprint) that will show the layout of hardscape and softscape. Detailed listings of hardscape and plant material, sizes, quantities and specifications will also be included in the design. Computer rendered imaging of your design may also be included to show a visual of how the completed design will look.
Implementation: At this point you may proceed with installing your project. You may decide to hire out all or some of the elements of your project and your designer can help you with this. Also you should be aware of your budget. Keep in mind that the project does not have to be installed all at once. Installing your landscape in phases allows you to spread out the expenses and the amount of time you commit to the project. The big picture provided by the design plan will help you prioritize the project
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