Our process begins with an initial meeting at your home. We go through an in-depth question session to find out about your needs and desires. It is very important that we create a project that is personal and customized to you and your family. We will establish the overall scope and target budget range and propose a plan of action. In most cases a “Landscape Design and Development Agreement” is proposed and a retainer is requested to engage our services. Fees are based on the size and scale of each project. Given that we are a “design- and-build” company, our engagement fees are very reasonable because we are interested in not only a design relationship, but to be more of a full-service installation company. Your absolute satisfaction with our completed construction is our ultimate goal.
Creating the Plan
The design process starts with a detailed site visit, which includes the observation of topics such as: topography and grade changes, existing conditions, plant inventory, drainage issues and concerns, sun angles and exposure, and screening opportunities. Photographs are taken of the site and then used during the conceptual process. Every site is unique in nature and for this reason every project is designed with the client’s best interest relative to their program and budget. We then present the concepts and, upon your feedback on design and budget, we work toward a finalized plan and proposal for construction. The finalized landscape master plan is then presented.
The Importance of “Design Build”
As a design build company, we provide you with tremendous value. Our visionary and creative team designs and constructs projects every day. We understand construction costs, and therefore we can marry your project priorities with a creative approach that is within your budget.
Building your project
Once the scope is agreed upon and we are contracted, securing materials, scheduling, planning and implementation of the construction process begins. As a San Diego residential landscape company, we understand the unique desires of homeowners. Your home is your haven where you and your family live, and children, neighbors, and pets are active. Our goal is to make the construction process pleasant, with a clean and safe environment.
What makes us Different?
Although each project is uniquely different, the formula for success is the same. Creativity, seamless execution, organization, and good value are essential in making the end result a success. Smart Landscape and Garden is committed to providing sound design ideas and expert craftsmanship, which are the foundation of successful projects and long-term relationships with our clients. Not all landscape plans are created equal. At SLG, we have creative talent behind your plan. We have schooled and trained landscape designers and landscape architects, each with expertise in a design-and-build background. We recognize the importance of creating plans for YOU, not for us.
One Stop for all your needs
Building outdoor projects often requires a multitude of trades, with various steps and sequenced events that involve detailed scheduling and communication in order to complete.
- Our answer to this challenge is to keep the process simple, so we have put together, under one roof, a small group of highly-skilled, multi-talented individuals, and we build each project continuously until it’s completed.
- We have extensively trained our small number of crews to be craftsmen in the various fields of construction that clients need for outdoor projects.
- Not only do we design and manage each project, our field staff has been extensively trained in traditional landscaping, masonry construction, irrigation, outdoor lighting, and carpentry.
- We therefore have very little subcontractor scheduling and interruptions, and can provide seamless communication and highly efficient building practices.
Communication and Project Management
Internal and external communication is imperative in creating successful project development. In addition to your project coordinator who works with you from the initial meeting to completion, each project has an assigned field supervisor and production manager.
Project Development based on your budget
It is critical to provide our clients with the best possible project based on their budget. Our success has been built on the fact that clients see the value of our services. The “5 Star Experience” happens when all elements with your project are creatively designed and efficiently constructed with care and in a timely manner. This is our unique formula and proven process that creates “The Smart Landscape Experience.”