Our Design Process

There is a systematic process to design that can be easily described like an inverted triangle. It starts wide with broad brush strokes and finishes with acute attention to every project detail. Each step along the process narrows the design down and as details are added to the drawing package, the result is a uniquely finished landscape.

Research of Existing Site

PLUSEN records, and reviews the existing conditions, landforms, and dominant or outstanding site features. We study opportunities & constraints of the site, sun angles, view sheds, existing tree health, site grading/drainage concerns, and soil conditions.

Schematic Design

The objective of a schematic design plan is to develop a series of drawings that portray the design to the client which meets all of the programs requirements as defined by the client. Preliminary budgets are prepared during this phase.

Design Development

Design development further depicts the character, quality level, and full landscape architectural scope of construction. Plans, sections, elevation and details are prepared in order to convey detailed design intent to the client. At this stage plant material, exterior lighting fixtures, paving, and other materials are provided and selected.

Construction Documentation

Based on the input received from the client during design development, a series of detailed drawings, construction details, and specifications are prepared that provide the necessary information to implement the landscape plans.

Construction Assistance

PLUSEN assists clients in obtaining detailed pricing, reviews each trade’s proposals, assists with plant tagging, provides on-site observation of the contractors, and ensures compliance to the overall design all while focused on client satisfaction.