Services and Fees
The Landscape Design Package
These are the drawings that you or a contractor will use to install your new landscape. To learn about the process-- from vague ideas to paper plans--please see The Design Process.
Our first meeting, the bid meeting, is free although travel fees may apply (see below). At this meeting, we discuss your project and decide how I can help. I then calculate the project fees and go over them with you. I follow up this meeting with a detailed written bid. When you sign the bid, it becomes our contract and work begins.
Each project is different because of the size of the area to be redesigned and project complexity but most project fees are in the range of $750 to $2,500, a great investment in your home!
The Hourly Consultation
This is a great idea if you just need some bright ideas or a second opinion, or have a small area of your yard that needs work.
It also makes a nice Valentine's Day, anniversary, wedding or housewarming present. (If it is a gift, the giver pays ahead of time and the consultation involves no more than three hours of the designer's time.)
First I meet with you at your home for the free initial meeting. At this meeting I can tell you if the help you need can be completed within three hours--a "Simple Consultation"--or if it will take additional hours. If you will be requiring a layout of elements or plants, this would be bigger than an hourly consultation and I would go back to my office and write up a bid before we begin.
If it will be a Simple Consultation I will have you sign a standard contract, pay $250 and the consultation will start then and there. I offer my professional opinion on all aspects of your garden. If I cannot answer right away I will direct you to the solution, which will be included in my report. Each consultation is customized to your needs so every report is unique. Your report may include: a list of decisions we made, alternative ideas and options, detailed plant lists, plant profiles, or construction sketches.
The report will not include a layout of the suggested plants--a Planting Plan--because that takes considerable expertise and time in order to create a pleasing and "right plant, right place" design. Nor does it include change in paths, patios and other landscape elements--a Preliminary Plan--because that involves expertise, measurements, site analysis and thoughtful planning. For those services, please refer to The Landscape Design Package, above.
The Simple Consultation package includes up to three hours of the designer's time for $250. Any additional hours are billed at $75/hour. Although travel time is not billed, travel fees may apply (see below).
Installation Phase Assistance
If you will be hiring landscape contractors, services may include: bidding assistance, construction observation on your behalf, and final walk-through assistance.
If you are a do-it-yourselfer, services may include: assistance in layout of the hardscape elements, help in selecting the plant specimens, and help with plant placement. Please see Installation Phase Assistance (on The Design Process page) for more information.
$75/hour, travel fees may apply (see below).
If you live within the Corvallis city limits there is no travel fee.
Outside of Corvallis, the fee is $2.50/mile each way starting at the Corvallis city limits. This is to cover car usage, gasoline, and small compensation for the designer's time.