We design consciously. No one should have to trade good design to be eco-friendly, and vice versa. Whether your personal design style is modern, contemporary or more naturalistic it can also be ecologically sound. At Living Earth sustainability means creating a place that is cherished, resilient, and fruitful. We do this by paying attention to the needs of all the inhabitants of the site, human and non-human alike. We specify materials that are long lasting, local, and thoughtfully re-purposed. By combining the best pieces of traditional landscape architecture and permaculture Living Earth delivers habitat and style, fruit and function, high yields and low maintenance.
Our Design Process
1. Introductory Meeting
This is where the journey begins. This initial kick-off meeting helps us get an idea of who you are and what you are looking to accomplish in your landscape. It also helps you, the client, gain a better understanding of us as designer.
2. Design Agreement
Here we outline deliverables, scheduling and payment terms. Required design deliverables are based partly on what is needed for your project and partly on what works within your design budget. Our services are customized to your needs.
3. Information Gathering
During this phase we make a site visit to measure your property, and make any other notations on conditions, grades or influence. This is also our research phase where we gather information on HOA guidelines, municipal requirements, and any other relevant information to your project.
4. Concept Development
After collecting all of the information we can we develop a concept that fulfills the requirements and choices that were discussed in the initial meeting. This is where we come up with big fun ideas.
5. Design & Budget Review
At this meeting we present our concept to you. This includes a schematic plan, material suggestions, any built components, programmatic proposals, and proposed plant palette. Here we discuss any changes that need to be made for design or budgetary reasons.
After reviewing the preliminary design we proceed to make any revisions that are necessary to answer the concerns outlined in our review. Materials or plants can be substituted if need be at this point. If phasing of construction needs to take place that is outlined at this point.
7. Finalized Plan and Bid
The final plan represents in plan view where, how, what and how many. It illustrates all key features, built elements, plantings and their locations. Deliverables vary, but all final plans will include a plan rendering, planting plan and dimension plan with notes. Additional deliverables may include but are not limited to: elevation drawings, sections, perspective renderings, 3D renderings, or marketing materials. Along with the final plan we present you with a bid to complete your project in full including all materials, labor and any sub-contractors if required.
We build it! Our craftsman bring the design to life in a time-efficient, clean and thorough manner.
Landscapes are dynamic and changing and sometimes it is good to poke our head in and see how it is doing. We offer one complimentary post installation meeting at any time within the first year of your installation.