|Custom Residential Landscape Contractor providing
Ecological Landscape Design & Landscape Installation
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LANDSCAPE DESIGNLandscape Consultation
Landscape Design for DIY Projects
Custom Blueprints & Concepts
Landscaping Structural Details
LANDSCAPE INSTALLATIONMasonry: Patios, Paths, Driveways
Retaining Walls, Entry Columns, Steps
Water Features, Spas, Fountains
Carpentry: Fences, Decks, Arbors
Rock Work & Special Effects
Grading & Drainage
Irrigation & Water Management
Lawns & Lawn Alternatives
Play Structures, Sports Courts
Landscape Design & Blueprints
Landscape Features I
Landscape Features II
Landscape Features III
Landscape Project Profiles I
Landscape Project Profiles II
Landscape Projects in Progress
“[The landscape designer]…is interested in preserving our Earth and works accordingly, using earth-friendly products and techniques.”
—Palo Alto Client
Design Services: Complete Description & Costs
PHONE CONSULTATIONSEach new client will have half hour FREE consultation to talk to our specialists and obtain valuable tips about their future landscaping project.
ON SITE MEETINGSAfter the phone consultation, we provide a design questionnaire to answer and we set up an on site meeting to talk and provide an estimate either for doing design or to develop ball park estimate based on the discussions. The design estimate will cost $50 while the installation bid will cost $150 to cover our travel and time. These costs will be reimbursed if you choose our company’s design or installation services. The professional estimates that we provide serve as guideline for you when you talk to other landscapers.
SITE MEASUREMENTS, BASE PLAN & INITIAL SITE ANALYSISIn order to create a landscape conceptual plan we need a base plan or site map. We can work from the base plan that you provide either in hard or soft format or develop one for you. If you provide a base plan, we will check the measurements before we start developing landscape master plan for your residence to avoid any errors. The next step is initial site analysis, to take into account aspects like overall grading, advantages and drawbacks of the site, existing plant material, current soil condition, ideal areas for placement of functional areas to match your life style, privacy issues, neighborhood, sun exposure, microclimates etc. This process may take few to several hours depending on the size and shape of the property.
PLAN DRAWINGS OR BLUE PRINTSUsing the base plan, taking into consideration your preferences that you have listed in the design questionnaire, local and regional conditions, aesthetics of your residence and extensive database information, we will create a scaled Master Plan as a basis for Hardscape Conceptual plan, planting plan and other structural details. The plan indicates the exact placement of all existing and proposed new structures, plant material and hardscape elements which are the essential components of the landscape design.
Using the master plan, hardscape conceptual drawing outlining hardscape surfaces like patios, paths, decks, fences, arbors, water features, hot tubs, swimming pools, low voltage lighting, etc. are presented. When you are satisfied with our hardscape concept design presentation and approve it, we will create a planting plan or other construction drawings. You will also receive photo depictions of the proposed landscape, plant photos and care recommendations, hardscape specifications, planting and maintenance guides and any other requested materials.
The drawings may be either hand drawn or rendered in AUTOCAD depending on the project. The projects are priced individually based on the scope of work.
CONSTRUCTION DRAWINGSThese are the detailed drawings from which the landscape elements will be built. Some sites may not require details and can be installed from hardscape concept and a detail planting plan, while others may require if you desire unique and custom landscape features. Construction Drawings include the below:
Grading and Drainage Plan
Optional CD ROM
Depending on individual town requirements, the design may include items that may need engineering by a licensed structural engineer (e.g., decks, certain retaining walls, pools, etc.). Hortus Design Sustainable Landscapes will inform the Client of which items will need engineered, and find a licensed structural engineer to perform this work. The Client will be invoiced for this work directly by the selected structural engineer.
OTHER CONSULTATION SERVICESFor those clients looking for inspiration and landscaping ideas to renovate or transform your existing garden or requiring advice on specific landscape problems we offer a minimum two-hour consultation which includes a brief written report.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN FOR DIY PROJECTSFor Do-It-Yourself front and backyard landscaping projects where you plan to install yourself, an on-the-spot consultation and a sketch with a plant list are offered if you do not require detail blue prints.
Coming Soon - The Owner-Built Landscape: Installation Techniques Manual.
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|Hortus Design is a Sustainable Landscape Design, Build & Maintenance company.
We specialize in Low Maintenance Landscapes, California Native Gardens, Lawn Alternative & Water-efficient Gardens.
|SERVING THE SILICON VALLEY, PENINSULA & SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREAS
Santa Clara, San Jose, Willow Glen, Almaden Valley, Saratoga, Sunnyvale, Milpitas, Cupertino, Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Mountain View
Atherton, Palo Alto, Stanford, Menlo Park, San Carlos, Belmont, Burlingame, Portola Valley, Ladera, Emerald Hills, Foster City, San Mateo, Hillsborough, Redwood City, Redwood Shores, Woodside