[ Landscaping Consultation ]
An initial landscaping consultation is the first step in developing a new landscape
or providing help for your particular landscaping problem.
What do you need to get started?
The first step in any landscape design, construction, or garden maintenance project
is to contact us by phone send us an email, or use our Request a Consultation page to let us know your need. We want to discuss the landscape process with you and share more
information about our company.
If you are thinking about developing a landscape design with various garden structures,
you may want to make a sketch, cut out pictures from a magazine, and thoughtfully
construct the space by asking yourself, "What is the purpose of the landscape design?"
This will help us better understand your needs and provide a starting place for
the landscape consultation.
The Landscape Consultation Process
During the initial on-site landscape consultation (also known as the "dreaming stage"),
we assess the landscape challenges to see how we can help. We will walk with you
through your property, listen to your ideas, and make suggestions. We listen carefully
to determine how you want your landscape to look and feel. Then, we take measurements
We will discuss both the short and long-term plans for your property, such as how
you will want it to look in 5 years. This way, we can begin thinking about your
project in phases that can be implemented season by season or year after year. When
developing a new landscape, we take a holistic approach. This will help provide
order to your ideas, while challenging and expanding upon new and unique possibilities.
Environmental Construction charges a flat fee of $125.00 for this initial on-site
consultation. The fee is then applied to any work you hire us to do. We believe
that the information you receive during this meeting will be of high value as it
forms the basis to move the landscape development process forward.
The Bidding Process
At the end of your consultation, we will discuss the next step. This can include
a design contract, allowance letter, or bid proposal. The follow-up plan depends
on feedback from our initial consultation. The landscaping bid will be sent via
email or postal mail and the charge for this cost estimate is included in your consultation
Once the landscape consultation and bidding process are complete, the next step
for most landscaping projects requires a landscape design (or landscape masterplan.)
Our job is to fix your landscape problem and offer solutions based on our years
of expertise. We have a team of qualified personnel ready to help with your landscaping
needs. Contact us today.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long does the consultation meeting last?
Since you are paying for this appointment, we like to stay as long as necessary
(up to two hours) in order to assure we have the time to completely address your
desires, especially as they relate to existing site conditions.
- Does Environmental Construction schedule consultations after hours?
Changes to your home garden are important to all interested parties. Therefore,
we prefer to have all interested parties involved. This usually makes it necessary
to schedule appointments during work hours.
- Will there be photos of landscaping ideas available at the consultation?
Our Landscaping Ideas page has several photos of projects we have completed.
These can be used to help provide additional ideas.
- Is a down-payment collected at the consultation meeting?
Payment for the consultation can be made at our first meeting or we can bill for
the initial consultation.
- At what point can a client no longer change their mind and stop the project?
Environmental Construction will typically provide an allowance letter that outlines
potential development costs as a means of helping balance your aesthetic concerns
with fiscal realities. This process allows you, as a home owner, ample time to change
your mind about work scope and price before committing to a contract. We offer both
"fixed price" and "time and materials" contracts.
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