Do you charge a consultation fee?
Yes, we charge a $300 consultation fee for your first site visit with one of our lead landscape designers. This includes a comprehensive walk-through of the design, including sharing ideas and gaining feedback on the overall desired look of the project.
Is there a cancellation fee?
Yes, we charge a $100 same-day cancellation fee. Please notify the office or your landscape designers at least one day before your appointment if you need to cancel for any reason. The fee may be waived for emergency situations.
How much do landscape design services cost?
The cost of services varies from project to project and depends on a few factors. The size of your yard, the physical additions to your yard, the scope of the project, and the complexity of measuring your yard are all things that our landscape designers take into consideration. On average, our front yard service projects are in the $2,500 range, while our back yard projects are closer to $3,500.
I'm trying to save money and a design is costing just that! How is this helping me?
Saving you money is one of the great benefits of using Hall Landscape Design for this process! Here are just a few ways it will save you:
- Plants. Especially for you to install! Our ability to get you reduced pricing on plants for your yard could possibly more than cover the costs of the design alone!
- No ambiguous bids based on ambiguous ideas. We can give you the measurements of items in the designs. I cannot tell you how many contractors will round off numbers way high when estimating square footage of a patio, driveway, or perhaps a lawn area.
- Apples-to-Apples bids based on the same clear plan with clear items for you to get bids on. Each contractor bids off of the same design.
- As Hall Landscape Design designers, we are on your team and will be working with you and your budget to make sure your yard doesn’t end up being a fantasy with no chance of getting installed. We will do minor changes to the design and wording, if needed, to adjust items to less costing materials to help keep you on your budget. NOTE: Keep in mind that if there are major changes in the design process, the cost needs to be assessed by the designer.
How much is the designer involved after the design process?
Our landscape designers are definitely available to oversee the installation of your project following the design process. Site visits and consultations with your contractor, upon your agreed request, can ensure your yard will truly meet all of your expectations.
If I want a pool in my yard, should I contact a pool company before contacting your team at Hall Landscape Design?
No, always contact our team of landscape designers first. The design of your pool is going to be an integral part of your yard. Because of this, it needs to be balanced with all the other elements in your design to ensure your yard flows for aesthetics, placement, and practical use.
So how much is this landscape going to cost me to install based on what we talked about?
The big question! …and believe me it’s a tough one to answer on the spot. As you work with your designer, a lot of the cost of elements should be discussed with them during the design process. We never know the actual cost, but can give you an idea of ranges. One way to approach this is, once the design is bid on, any of the elements in the design can be changed to a lesser costing material — for example, retaining walls that have mud facia with stonework and cap stones are more expensive than a plain mud finish with no further detail …or it could be changed to a rock wall, etc. NOTE: Keep in mind that those changes can be directly done with your contractor without a lot of changes to the design.
Truth be told, if you get your landscape installed by a contractor, it is not going to be cheap… but if installed by the right contractor it will be worth it! Over time I have acquired a simple formula through very reputable contractors that can be of some assistance to get you an idea of what you may need to be thinking about for a budget range to landscape your yard professionally. Simply take the square footage of your yard space in question and multiply it by $7.00 and again by $10.00… the two resulting numbers is the range your yard will most likely end up in for a full installation of plantings, structures, patios, irrigation, and drainage. The more hardscapes you have, and probably the smaller your space, the closer you will be to the $10.00 or even higher a square foot range. Of course the price is determined by materials chosen, so be sure to go over this with your contractor.
I just heard an ad on the radio that I can get a free design if I go with XYZ company... so why should I pay for a design from you?
I promise you right here and now that the “free” design is not anything close to a full landscape design. The remedial level of expertise, creativity, the lack of any consideration to your local environment and architecture of your home is the equivalent to purchasing an RV to live in instead of your current valuable home. And on top of that, you will be paying for this design in the price of your installation, as this is usually a marketing scheme to lock you into a contract with that particular company. That ‘free’ design will just lead to a disappointing concept and high pressure to get locked in with that installation company.
A true landscape design by Hall Landscape Design will save you headaches and money (see the 3rd question above) and the end result is incomparable to what you will get with the amateur work.
Do I need a permit for any of the things that I want to put in my yard?
Great question! Your landscape designers can usually answer this for you when discussing your installation project. However, if you want to do some research now, a fantastic website you can go to to find out about permits for your particular project is www.permitservices.com.
Do I need an engineer or architect for my project?
Yes, you’ll likely need an engineer and/or architect for your project. Your landscape designers can perform services on specific structures and certain retaining walls. Beyond this, a contractor would then assume the liability for the structures in question, which very well may need to be engineered.
I've gotten a few bids based on my design and one seems extremely cheap compared to the others. Shouldn't I sign with the cheapest company?
It’s best to always exercise extreme caution when it comes to large projects. It’s important to ask the right questions and make sure the cheapest bid is as detailed as the other bids you have received. You don’t want that money you think you are saving on this ambiguous bid to be made up with change orders during the process of the installation! Our team of landscape designers is here to answer any and all questions you may have, so give us a call today! We’re always going to provide you with top-tier detail for your projects.
Can you help me save money by removing the watering system on my landscape?
Absolutely! Our landscape designers can remove the watering system from your lawn. We’ll make your landscape the envy of the neighborhood with a gorgeous water-saving planting plan.
Do you have any contractors you suggest I work with?
Yes! We have trusted contractors in almost all areas we service. We recommend getting bids from at least two or three contractors. To learn more about the contractors we work with, call our landscape designers today.
222 Soscol Avenue
Napa, CA 94559
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