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What is Landscape Design?

Short answer: “The designing of landscape and associated site features in the landscape?”

Dull Answer, isn’t it.

Long Answer:

What is provided in our landscape design services? 

The services varies n scope in part due to laws of the State in which the project is located. The landscape design services we offer in Oregon, for example, entails the designing or preparation of plans and drawings for the selection, placement, or use of plants or other landscape site features except those plans and drawings prepared for providing landscape design services does not include construction details and construction specifications. We may be able to address construction details and specifications through other services we provide and addressed in the plans and drawings prepared under those services such as our building design services and in cases, we may even involve a consulting engineer/engineering firm.

Landscape design is more than just making drawings or plans. It’s not merely a drafting service. It is a service that involves designing, research, designing for compliance with various regulations and standards. Our services are obligated to delivering those services in accordance with professional standard of care.

Our landscape design services involves the following:

  • selection of plants and site features
  • placement of plants and site features
  • preparation of plans and drawings associated with the selection of plants, and site features.
  • Site features as provides in our landscape design services includes but not strictly limited to: constructed surfaces, steps, ramps, retaining walls, fences, freestanding walls, arbors, gazebos, trellises, benches, decks, fountains, ponds, waterways, pools, or other physical elements constructed or proposed for construction in the landscape. Construction services are provided by construction contractors and landscape contractors who shall be licensed as required by the laws of the state where the landscape design project is located. (NOTE: Construction details and specifications are not provided as part of the landscape design services. Our building design services may encompass and address the more technical aspects of designing of buildings or structures as outlined in detail on our building design services page or may be provided through our other services or services offered and performed by our consultants.

Our drawings and plans for landscape design services are intend for presentation or orientation purpose providing the design intend. Our drawings and plans may show: selection, placement or use of plantings and site features, drawn to scale to show the proposed site design. They may show site dimensions to illustrate design intent such as the placement, size, or style of: deck/patios, paths, freestanding walls, garden beds, arbors, trellises, seating, fences, landscape edging, low-voltage lighting fixtures, outdoor kitchens, ovens, or fire pit, steps or landings, as well as the placement or style of: steps or landings, deck & patio railings, retaining walls, ornamental water features, stormwater management features, as well as any other aesthetic characteristics not related to construction.

Our drawings and plans may as the project requires have descriptions or either plant material or plant placement, or may include selection, placement, and style of material to convey information on aesthetic intent, recommendations for soil amendment or planting mediums, guidance about design intent, maintenance requirements or instructions, and references to the requirements of the jurisdiction of authority.

What does our landscape design service cost?

Each project is unique. We may charge in a number of ways depending on the project. Our Landscape Design services are typically billed using a Cost-plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price fee with starting base fee amount, for a given scope of work outlined in contract. In estimating our fees, we utilize our Billed Hourly Rate times an estimated range of hours to perform the services in connection with the scope of work agreed to in contract. Services beyond the scope of work agreed to in contract may be charged at a Billed Hourly Rate of up to $180 an hour.

Regarding our Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP) with starting base fee amount:

Our Cost-Plus-Fee with Guaranteed Maximum Price (referred to as GMP below) fee with starting base fee amount is based on an estimated *range* of hours times our Billed Hourly Rate plus costs. We set a starting base fee amount but also setting a guaranteed maximum for the agreed scope of work outlined in contract. Work beyond or outside the scope of work agreed to in contract is billed additionally at our Billed Hourly Rate.

Billed Hourly Rate: Typically $90 to $180 an hour.


As shall be noted, due to the nature of our services, we record in-person and over the internet voice or video conference meetings. Additionally, we use written contracts to formalize our agreements and usually will require signatures.

Additionally, we take the privacy importantly and do not disclose the entrusted private information attained through those conversations to the public without either permission from the client or through court order or subpoena. While we are not lawyers or doctors with special legal protections, we still do our best to preserve the trust of our clients.

Agreeing to use our services including initial consultation and / or by contacting us, you are consenting to use of recording.

Additionally, we retain ALL INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS to the designs we prepare for our clients. We are independent contractors (not construction contractors but self-employed/stand-alone business). We are NOT employees to clients.  Therefore, we are not a “work for hire”. We are owners of our designs. Clients’ own trademarks and other intellectual properties are that of our clients, respectively.