Concept Design & Graphic Presentation
This first phase in our design process takes the initial concept ideas and philosophy discussed in the previous pages and begins implementing them for your specific project and needs. At our initial consultation meeting, I will listen to you, your ideas, visions, and concerns for your space. , I will learn about your family, about how you entertain, and about your expectations for how you will use your outdoor areas. I will also look at your existing home, the views and focal points created from the living areas, and the overall style, with a focus on how that style can be seamlessly extended into the outdoor room we are striving to create.
After this meeting, I take all of the information gathered and overlay the desires over the physical property information gathered related to the site. This includes aerial photographs, site plan, and topographic survey where available. A site inventory and analysis of your home and property will determine precise measurements, spot elevations, and pay specific attention to site lines from the home living areas with emphasis on desirable focal points and areas to be screened. Extensive site photographs are taken and used as reference during the concept design process. Existing vegetation location and elevations are mapped to be retained or removed in the design plans.
Once all site information and project scope information is compiled, the fun part begins for me. I create a CAD based concept design plan that works within the parameters provided to create a unique and creative solution to meet your design needs and begin to create a specific vision plan to follow throughout the remainder of the project design and development.
I also believe that the design for your project will only be successful if it is completely understood and comprehended by all parties as the project is being presented. For this reason, I take the extra time and effort to create a comprehensive full 3D virtual model of your existing home and project site, and displaying the design in a completed form, as if you are walking through the finished space before the project has even begun. With this key tool in place, you will feel comfortable and confident to move forward and make decisions that will ultimately impact the finished success of your new backyard.
Once the concept design plans and 3D design model have been created, we will schedule a time to meet and present the vision to you. This meeting serves as key intermediate stage in the concept design process. To date, we have taken your ideas and combined them with the site data and put our ideas and expertise to provide a solution on how the design could work. This meeting, however, is where we present the concepts and then begin working together with you as a team to garner your input and truly make the design unique to you and your tastes. We will ask for you to take a little time and fully understand the design as presented, then work together to revise as needed to create the final concept design plan that will fully realize your dreams and vision