Welcome to our design page. We would like to
briefly describe the design process to you. Please review our gallery to view
the projects that we have created. The most important element to the success of
these projects was the design and planning stages.
Getting to know you: We start with a visit
to your residence or site. The first visit is all about us listening to you and
what you are looking for. It is important that you share your vision or dreams
with us at that point. We will ask questions to get a feeling for your long and
short-term goals. We will also determine a sense of style that compliments your
residence, personality or property. We will generally walk the property to get
a feel for setting, topography, environment, problems and other general elements
that factor into the eventual success of your landscape. Dream big or small,
whether it’s a pool and cabana, fireplace and patio, outdoor kitchen, screen and
foundation plantings, perennial gardens, outdoor lighting, etc. the sky is the
We will ask that you share any existing site plans that you
may have. Any existing plans will help speed up the design process and provide
us with some of the useful information we need to produce the plan. If there
aren’t any existing plans, we can provide that service to you.
Proposal: We will generate a design
proposal based our meeting and on the knowledge that we have gained from our
site visit. The proposal will cover all the design services needed to produce a
comprehensive plan that addresses all your landscape needs, both short and long
term. Design intent, costing, payment terms and scope of work are included in
the design proposal. We strive to turn around the design proposal within a
business week. Once the contract is signed and a deposit is received we start
the design process.
Landscape Design: We start with a site
visit for the purpose of creating a site analysis. We will measure as needed
(based on the availability of existing site plans), photograph, determine
features of the property (drainage patterns, topography, environment, exposure
etc.) and generally get to know your property. This may take more than one
Concept: At that point we will create a conceptual
plan of the landscape areas. This is a general plan that starts to mold the
overall landscape. Sometimes, we will give you several options to consider.
This plan is then presented to you and discussed in detail. Your feedback is
welcomed and crucial at this juncture. We will also start to ballpark costs
for different elements so that an overall budget can be established.
Final Plan: Based on your feedback and the
discussions from our conceptual presentation and meeting, a final plan is then
produced. The plan will take into account all the design elements from the
original proposal. The final plan is done in ‘plan view’ and developed so that
it can be used for the implementation of any of the elements within. A detailed
plant schedule is included as well as notations for any construction, lighting
or any other landscape elements. The plan is presented to you at that point.
We offer both hand rendered and CAD drawings. The hand renderings are typically
scanned to a pdf file. At this point you are in possession of a landscape plan
that can be implemented at your discretion and as budget allows.
Optional Services: We also offer hand rendered or
computer generated 3-d perspectives of any element requested by the client.
This service help envision the final product prior to it’s construction.
Typically, plans are generated in black and white. Color
renderings are also available at an additional cost.
Project Management Services
As we reach the completion of the landscape plan, the
question arises, ‘how can we do this project’. Well, the answer is quite simple
and we are very happy to provide expert and professional project management in
order to accomplish the objectives set out in the landscape design.
Typically, landscape plans are phased for installation over
time. We can prioritize which areas are priority and address them for
installation at this time. Of course, we can also do the whole project if
desired. Working together with you, we will establish a budget and start the
We develop construction documentation and develop an
overall ‘scope of work’. This is used to provide costing for the project as
well as providing specifications to build and produce the project. Working
together with you, we will select the appropriate vendors for the project. We
have an excellent network of specific vendors, which we have carefully selected
over many years of landscape design/build projects. Barneston Hill also
provides many in-house capabilities for elements of the project. An
installation contract complete with detailed itemized costing is produced and
presented to you.
Once approved, we jump into the project. Very often,
permits are required. We will run point for that process and deal with the
townships and municipalities in order to acquire the necessary permits. There
may be other requirements, based on the scope of the project, which will be
addressed as well (engineered drawings, surveys etc).
At that point we will schedule, supervise and orchestrate
the project. We secure the vendors and schedule them in a logistical order.
Our design staff will be on site at crucial points in the project to provide
layout, problem solving, answers and guidance. If necessary, we schedule
production meetings with vendors and clients to make sure that all parties are
on the same page. The primary goal is to provide quality assurance and make
sure the project stays on schedule. Our goal is that any given project is
implemented in a professional and timely manner and fulfills and exceeds the
vision provided by the landscape design and plan.
During the project, interaction between the client and
Barneston Hill is crucial. We will keep you abreast of the project and meet
with you at predetermined times. Our goal is to keep you involved, but let us
take care of the details so that you can go on with your busy life and be
assured that your project proceeds properly and professionally.
All payments are handled by Barneston Hill. A payment
schedule is included in the installation contract and agreed upon. Our goal is
to establish the budget upfront and agree to acceptable payment terms on both
We look forward to helping
you realize your landscape dreams and making the process fun and exciting to