Tuesday, September 10, 2013

CONCEPT DRAWINGS ARE A MUST

I like the idea of having concept drawings.  Giving my clients two options for their garden based on my vision for the space and their desires.  Usually they have pictures and saved images of what they like but they have no clue if that would work in their space or what the cost is.  Sticker shock is never pretty.  Having concept drawings that are designed to accommodate what you can afford to spend is easier for your wallet to swallow. 

In the case of my client in Corona the concepts were meant to reflect what they wanted to keep.  The plants they and I liked as well as new materials that would coordinate will with what they already have.  The ultimate vision was to have a mostly CA native drought tolerant garden that needed little water and minimal maintenance.  Both options that I gave them will work just well but I believed and they agreed that the bottom option was more conducive to their needs. As you can see each circle is meant to represent a plant and is draw according to the eventual width of the plant.  This eliminates over crowding and excessive massing. 

If a plant is ultimately going to get 6 feet wide and it must be drawn with a 6 feet wide diameter circle.  This will allow you to see you much room you really have to work with.   The same goes for the hardscape.  If you are planning to have a path that goes from the street to the house then you need to account for the fact that someone will need to be able to walk on that path with ease.  Typically 4 feet is the standard path width for one person.  You may want a much bigger path if you have to accommodate a wheelchair.

Once a concept drawing has been selected then I can take that one step further and create detailed drawings and a licensed landscape contractor can bid from.  That is the next step of this project.  Stay tuned! 

1 comment:

James Curtis said...

Excellent drawing, a handy guide for landscaping.

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