Each property is unique, and as such, treated as a work of art when sketching out a preliminary design. In some instances, a property survey and topographical map may precede the drafting of conceptual sketches. Elevations, sunlight, shadow patterns, current and planned irrigation and lighting systems, electricity, and access are all considerations.
This visual representation essentially serves as an outdoor floor plan, using scaled dimensions to represent existing features and proposed design elements. These can include both natural aspects, such as flowers, trees and grass, as well as man-made structures like furniture, fountains and sheds, all while taking into account ways to maximize both privacy and views.
These plans can evolve over time and may be completed in stages. They begin with an overall site analysis encompassing property lines, underground utilities, and house and garage measurements, and develop into a so-called “bubble” plan earmarking general areas for dining, seating, play, and gardening. The finalized renderings should take into account colors and textures, scaled to reflect the proper perspective and depth.
Landscape design is a thriving industry, with professionals using their expertise to beautify these grounds and create tiny slices of paradise within your front and back yards.