The first step is always listening.
Because our gardens and construction projects are customized to harmonize with the surrounding landscape, on-site consulting is often the most appropriate first step.
During a 1.5 - 2 hour consultation, we’ll analyze your microclimate and sun exposure, test your soil/analyze results if necessary ($15/soil test), assess drainage, answer questions you may have, and begin thinking about design considerations, plant selection, construction integration and potential, and a long term plan for the site. Designing a landscape is similar to a chess game; it's important to think about your next move as well as think 10 moves ahead. This way, each decision we make harmonizes with a future decision, leading to a connected, holistic, and beautiful landscape.
If helpful, we’re happy to provide a master plan of the site. We can often convey the necessary information by marking layouts on-site, talking about specifics, providing a written scope of work description, and drawing sketches. Our consulting and design rate is $100/hr (more for consulting if the site is over 25 minutes from Arlington, MA). It's common that after a 2 hour on-site consultation, we'll be able to define a scope of work together, while on site, and we can be in touch with a detailed proposal and estimate within 10 days of the meeting. Sometimes, a design development budget is needed to clarify construction and planting details after the initial consult.
Customers appreciate our honest, communicative, competent, and sustainably-minded approach as well as our knowledge about edible plants and ornamentals, soil health, and construction and masonry. We look forward to exploring your property's potential and starting a collaborative dialogue with you. At HomeHarvest, we're builders at heart and our design process is almost always linked with an installation.