Creativity and design services are not products with set price tags. The landscape industry includes highly diverse people and businesses of all skill levels, experience, specialization, background, knowledge and education. It is up to you to do your diligence to weed out the pretenders.
We always provide excellent value and premium quality work for a fair price. We do not discount, hold special sales or offer momentary lower prices to give you a false sense of savings. We simply lay everything out so you can make an informed decision. We welcome questions and give you straight answers.
Every homeowner has a budget in mind. Be honest and up front, and we will work with you to optimize your budget. We offer flexible design service options to assist you in decision making and achieving the best possible results. This approach gives you the best of both worlds. Adding extra services separately to your primary design package or contracting installation will give you more flexibility, more quality control, more time and more savings.
There’s a $150 flat fee for the on-site consultation which takes of a maximum of two hours to conduct. We do not provide free estimates and free consultations.
The initial consultation is an opportunity to meet with you to discuss your wish list and budget. You will learn a lot of valuable information to help you with the many decisions involved in designing your landscape. Once you have met with us, you decide what level of service you require, from design only to full completion.
We are clear and upfront with the cost of our landscape design plan fees and additional service fees. We do not want to lure in your business with a “free consultation” because your time is valuable and good relationships are built on mutual respect. Often “free” consultations end up costing you more once they are added into the final design fees.
The consultation fee covers the landscape designer’s mileage, traveling time, and consultation time. Consultations do not include landscape design plans.
Landscape Concept Design Plan
A landscape conceptual design drawing is a diagram of a bird’s eye view of the design layout. It is created as a visualization of the features, plants and how they go together.
The design package includes a scaled CAD generated conceptual landscape design plan, planting plan, color images of planting, perspective/elevation drawings and PDF files. It shows property lines, structures, hardscape features (such as driveway, patio, patio cover, BBQ grill, walls, entrance path, pool, water feature etc.), and softscape (plants, lawn, ground covers etc.).
Appropriate design options will vary depending on the scope of the project and budget. The amount of the design fee depends on the complexity of the project, size of lot and difficulty of the design.
Custom landscape design plans begin at $2,500. Installation and project coordination services are quoted separately and determined upon completion of design plans.
Planting Plan Design
The planting plan designates plants or plant groupings. The planting plan design shows the location of each plant with circles the diameter of a mature plant. The plant locations are noted with matching symbols in a legend. The planting legend includes the plants’ botanical name, common name, container size, and quantity.
The planting plan includes the property lines, general location of some hardscape, north arrow, scale, name of the client, and call-outs in a scaled CAD drawing. It also shows landscape lighting products and placement of light fixtures.
For our planting design we choose plants based on maintenance, height, width, texture, longevity, suitability, seasonal interest and color. Each plant is valuable. Especially specimen trees, based on their growth, flower, location and sustainability potential. Long-lived trees and shrubs have more value as they grow and are placed in appropriate areas to enhance their longevity.
We group our plants based on their water needs, separating them in different zones by applying the seven principles of Xeriscape landscape. Choosing the right plant for the right place is the best way to assure sustainability for the landscape.
Custom planting plan design begins at $1500. Installation and project coordination services are quoted separately and determined upon completion of design plans.
Once your design plan is complete, if desired, we can guide homeowners through the installation process. This involves: interviewing contractors with you, reviewing negotiation bids, sourcing and researching specified materials, site visits at various intervals, plant material purchasing, tagging plants, outdoor furnishings, and custom container design.
Fees for additional services are handled under separate contract on either an hourly or project basis. Singing Gardens designers work with landscape contractors of the homeowners’ choice. If you are interested in on-site consultation please Contact Us or fill out this Landscape Design Questionnaire form.