Whether you already own a site that you want to develop or you are looking for that perfect place we can help identify the unique options and opportunities that each site has to offer.
In reviewing a site we look at many different factors including views, microclimate, context, privacy, and topographic features. All of these factors and more contribute to the character of a place, and it's that character that we strive to expose, embrace and enhance.
SITE MASTER PLANS
The site master plan is a document that shows the total vision for your site. The master plan is created after careful study of both the location’s inherent assets and the needs of the client. When creating the master plan we look at where you would like to spend time on the site, and where you would want to go, and what you would like to see. Site images and notes, along with architectural studies, topographic surveys and solar studies all begin to inform us on where the options and opportunities lie and how we can make the most of them.
Included in the master plan are retaining walls, patios, water features, paths, coves and basic planting information. As your project moves forward the master plan is used to inform the more specific plans such as planting, grading, and landscape lighting that can be used to solicit bids and construct the final project.
Grading plans are an essential part of any project and are a combination of art and engineering. The function of the grading plan is to ensure that the building is in harmony with the ground plane and surrounding topography. The grading plan is also an essential part of making sure that the site performs properly with regards to client program and drainage.
As the name would suggest the planting plan shows which plants will go where. After careful consideration of microclimates and client program the planting plan is developed to create a garden that both supports the architecture and respects the context. Planting plans are also used as part of the submittal process when mitigation planting or other factors are involved in securing building permits.
LANDSCAPE LIGHTING PLANS
The landscape lighting plan is a document that shows the location and type of lights to be used for everything from function and way-finding to adding drama and poetry to the garden and architecture. In lighting any site the areas of darkness are as important as what is illuminated. To do this we use a variety of fixtures and techniques that enhance and highlight the views and features of the site, and reinforce indoor-outdoor connections.