what does good professional design cost?

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What does good professional design cost?

I get asked that a lot. A lot, a lot…

What is a fair hourly rate for the years of experience, construction know-how, plant material knowledge and finally that elusive design talent one most possess?
How long would a typical residential property take to field measure and record data, secure climatic data, draw conceptually, meet with client 2 or 3 times in the process, to finalize a creative, working design?
How much is good professional design worth? If I am challenged with walkways, decks, pools, hot tubs, plant layout, steps, ramps, trellis, arbors, water ponds, hard and soft materials, ecological friendly design, then it’s worth a lot.

In reality, how much time is spent on your design varies, but you can begin to understand based on chart below…

10 hours - not enough
20 hours - maybe
30 hours - more likely
40 hours - typical
50 hours - sometimes

If you took a small 30 to 40 hour project, you’re design fee would be somewhere in the $1000.00 range…

Yes there are variables. That’s why we give free quotes…

Great design from a professional designer, does cost a lot. But, you always get what you pay for, sometimes even more. Your committing a lifetime investment in your property, some of you will invest hundreds of thousands of dollars, you certainly, want the best creative design and that’s what we do.

There are thousands of material choices, thousands of plant choices, there is bad design, good design and great design. I’ll let you marinate in that thought for a while…

A Sample Quote

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Great Design Work

If you review the chart above, you can have any two in design. We decided a long time ago that great work with a fast turn-a-round time is what we would base our business model on. It’s worked for us, and we’re still in business creating custom award winning landscape design projects, 25 years later…
One of the best landscape designers in the business!
Molly Spencer