Leah Drake & Associates - landscape design studio




A) PRELIMINARY DESIGN and LANDSCAPE LAYOUT
 
1)     Site Plan & Existing Conditions:  First, we will provide an accurate, computer drafted, to scale base plan from your original architectural site plans, surveys and/or our field measurements. It will include existing conditions and elements such as utilities, fences, retaining walls, and trees to remain.  This will not have the accuracy of a legal survey, but will be adequate to develop a landscape plan. We will take inventory of and review any site conditions or issues that we need to consider in the design process (i.e. the direction of the sun, the need for screening, drainage and traffic flow, City compliance, etc.)
 
 
2)    Preliminary Design Sketches: From this site plan, we will prepare a series of color rendered Preliminary Design Sketches of the areas you expressed an interest in developing, based on our initial consultation. We will also include simple Perspective drawings and/or Section-Elevations, if desired.   We may also present rough cost estimates, per sq ft, of any materials you may have expressed an interest in using.  Afterwards, we will modify the conceptual ideas to produce the Landscape Master Plan.  
 
3)    Landscape Master Plan: The Landscape Master Plan will incorporate the ideas from the Preliminary Design Phase and further Design Development and Materials Selection, and will graphically describe the various new design elements of the landscape, such as retaining walls, patios, decks, play areas, etc.  It will include definitions of special features.  This plan may also include specific materials for basic hardscape elements, and schematic planting design.   This CAD Master drawing will be our guideline for all project phasing, permitting and construction details.
 
4)   Grading and Drainage Plan: (If necessary)  This plan will show existing and proposed contour lines, grade changes, and drainage solutions. (A licensed Landscape Architect or Civil Engineer  on our team will be called upon to develop, review and stamp this plan.)  This sheet will also have the dimensions called out on the proposed hardscape elements, and will include setbacks and easements as necessary.
 
B) DESIGN DEVELOPMENT
 
1)     Planting Plan:  We customize every planting plan for each and every site, taking the building architecture, the style and the unique qualities of the site into consideration. This plan will include CA. natives, low water perennials, shrubs, trees and grasses. We will provide a low maintenance, low water plant scheme as much as possible within the given parameters of the landscape’s function and style.  Our plant choices usually attract local hummingbirds, songbirds and butterflies, as well. The comprehensive plan calls out specific plant names, their location, size and quantity, and reflects the particular micro-climate and horticultural needs of this particular site.
 
2)    Irrigation Plan:  (If necessary) The Irrigation Plan will call out specific irrigation methods, irrigation zones and their specific locations, water volume per zone, and product specs, automatic valve locations, backflow preventer devices, and automatic controller specifications.  It will also show a schematic diagram of necessary sleeve locations needed prior to Hardscape construction.  A licensed Landscape Contractor on our team will provide direction, review and a C-27 license should this plan need to be submitted to local agencies.
 
3)    Lighting Plan: (If necessary)   Low voltage and LED Landscape Lighting will be designed and will include placement and types of fixtures, transformers, product suggestions and quantities. A licensed Landscape Contractor on our team shall provide direction, review and a C-27 license should this plan need to be submitted to local agencies.
 
4)    Landscape Details & Elevations: (If necessary) (PLEASE NOTE: A licensed Landscape Architect, Engineer and/or Landscape Contractor on our team shall be responsible for the development of Construction Details, Dimensions and Elevations, and shall review and stamp and/or provide their license number on these plans, if needed for submittal or for the bidding process.) This phase includes further design, elevations, details and dimensions for particular built elements in the landscape.   Landscape Details, Elevations and Dimensions are necessary to better convey the design intent to the client and the contractor alike and are required as part of submittal packages to City and County Planning agencies.


C) CONSTRUCTION ADMINISTRATION
 
Site visits shall be performed by the Designers to ensure that the landscape is being laid out and installed as designed.  We will communicate regularly with the project Contractors and Engineers, as well as with you, to address on site issues that may affect or change the original design, or to embellish the original landscape plan. We will endeavor to secure compliance by Contractors with landscape details, but will not be responsible for their errors or omissions.  Included in this phase is the physical placement of plants prior to planting, so that only the plants specified shall be placed in the ground according to the original design intent.