How It Works
Getting to Know Each Other
Offer your guests a serene backyard with a cozy space, complete with an old-fashioned patio or stone path and beautiful perennials lining the way. Or, have us design a modern patio courtyard with an amazing outdoor barbecue station and covered pergola. If you’re considering a new design for your commercial space, we also offer commercial landscape design services.
At this meeting we will discuss design style, work scope, cost and budget requirements.
This is also the best time to start tackling possible challenges:
• Landscaping difficult areas such as slopes, shady areas and swales
• Mitigating erosion and drainage issues
• Drought, disease and deer tolerant plants
• Proper garden room placement
• Circulation and views from the house
• Soil issues that can affect construction and proper solutions
• Swimming pool location and features based on your lifestyle
• Code required setbacks and impervious surface restrictions
• County required trees, shrubs and or storm water management
• Planting for sunny or shady conditions
• Proper plant color combinations
• Landscape Lighting
• Landscape Irrigation
Once our lead landscape designer has a good sense of how we can help you realize your goals we will submit a custom landscape design proposal for your approval.
Once commissioned to create and build your landscape designs, we get right to work.
A member of our team will take photos and other information necessary to begin work on your residence or business.
We practice a collaborative method of design where every project, depending on size and scope, will be worked on and reviewed by multiple members of our team of landscape designers, landscape architects, and engineers.
All work is directed by your project’s lead designer who met with you initially and is the most knowledgeable about you and your needs.
Frequently Asked Questions
How should I prepare for the meeting?
Gathering any photos that inspire you is a great way to communicate your taste to the designer. Have the house plat available, this provides us with critical information about your property. Prepare a budget, it can feel awkward to share your budget at the beginning but this allows our designers to create a plan that meets your needs.
How long will the design process take?
This process will vary according to the size of your project and time of year. Your designer will give you a timeline at your consultation.
Why do you charge for landscape design plans?
Although it may be possible to find companies that offer free landscape designs in our experience these plans are not an equivalent product. Our designers create accurate buildable drawings that account for special possible site conditions, HOA and county restrictions etc. Our goal is to discover and solve issues in the planning phase to minimize unpleasant surprises and costs during construction. We follow the PPP philosophy Planning Prevent Problems.
I already have a design; can you implement it?
Absolutely, it is our privilege to work and install for some of the most creative and influential landscape architects in the Washington DC area. We are always happy to be a collaborative team member in your project.
Can Grow Landscapes provide all facets of my project?
Yes, we are a licensed Class A builder and can implement every aspect of your project and maintain it for years to come.
I am building a new home; how soon should I start the landscape design process?
Now! It’s never too early to integrate your outdoor living areas with your interiors, the earlier in the process you start the better. We work for some of the finest home builders and architects in Northern Virginia and love collaboration!
Our home sits on a challenging site, is it still possible to create the outdoor living area of our dreams?
Yes! This is where having both design and construction experience becomes most valuable. Our plans are created to meet site challenges and prevent ugly expensive surprises. With proper engineering any environment can be made more livable and more beautiful.
I am not a visual person; how do I know the design meets my needs?
At Grow Landscapes we specialize in creating project 3D images that allow you to see exactly how your property will look and feel at completion. We provide images from multiple perspectives. Our capabilities also allow us to provide walkthrough videos of more larger scale complex projects.
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