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Landscape Design FAQ’sDo I need a full landscape design?A full landscape design is often the best way to get your project started. Full scale designs are needed for large or complicated projects or if you know you will have difficulty visualizing your landscape’s potential. It is also valuable to have a design when you plan to complete the project in phases.Simple landscape projects may not require a full design, just a clear description of the work to be performed. We can provide pictures of plant materials and techniques that we will employ. Here is a project that proceeded this way. Both approaches have benefits and drawbacks. The key is to choose what makes you comfortable.Who are your landscape designers?Joe and Ben Bowen are both landscape designers. Ben, though, is our primary designer. We have decades of experience designing and creating landscapes in the Portland area. Find out more about us here.What does a landscape design cost?Our landscape design fee minimum is $1000.00. Each design proposal is custom, based on your project scope and the demands of your site. A sample landscape design proposal is below.What kind of landscape plans does Ross NW Watergardens produce?We utilize a CAD-based computer program to produce professional 2D designs. We provide pictures and descriptions that help you envision the design. We do not produce elevations or renderings.Why not? 3D renderings are cool, but don’t add much to the process. They tend to set expectations that can’t be met in reality. The boulder delivered to your project will not look like the one in the rendering. Neither will the plants. And don’t even get me started on the pitfalls of renderings of water features.What we do offer is the combined power of a 2D design and written explanation, along with pictures that serve as examples. We do a good job of enabling even the least imaginative client to see what their new landscape will be!How long does a design take to complete?Depends on the scope and time of year (more on that here). A detailed design, requested during the summer, can take 4-6 weeks to be presented. Additional time is needed to make revisions. It’s a process, so make sure you are working with someone you like!How much input do you have into the design?Tons. The design process is guided by your preferences. Multiple revisions are included in the design agreement, ensuring the final landscape plan is just right for you. I have been on many consultations with clients who had a design from another designer- a design that didn’t fit their style. That will not happen with us! We love modern landscape design, but if that is not your style then it won’t be the style of your design.When do I need a landscape architect?Large projects, with a high degree of complexity, benefit from the technical background a landscape architect provides. LA’s can tell tradesman how to build something. Landscape designers can not. We are happy to consult on your project and refer you to an excellent landscape architect. We have several that are incredibly talented and wonderful to work with. Joe and Ben Bowen Sample of designs in our portfolio: Featured Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Japanese landscape design for a SE Portland home. Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Contemporary backyard with a modern koi pond design. Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen SE Portland modern landscape design. Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Front yard landscape design for NW Portland day ranch. Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Apr 12, 2016 Ben Bowen Ready to meet and start the design process?Good, so are we! Contact Ben today and schedule a free landscape consultation.Your landscape will thank you. Contact Us
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Landscape Design Portland

Landscape Design FAQ’sDo I need a full landscape design?A full landscape design is often the best way to get your project started. Full scale designs are needed for large or complicated projects or if you know you will have difficulty visualizing your landscape’s potential. It is also valuable to have a design when you plan to complete the project in phases.Simple landscape projects may not require a full design, just a clear description of the work to be performed. We can provide pictures of plant materials and techniques that we will employ. Here is a project that proceeded this way. Both approaches have benefits and drawbacks. The key is to choose what makes you comfortable.Who are your landscape designers?Joe and Ben Bowen are both landscape designers. Ben, though, is our primary designer. We have decades of experience designing and creating landscapes in the Portland area. Find out more about us here.What does a landscape design cost?Our landscape design fee minimum is $1000.00. Each design proposal is custom, based on your project scope and the demands of your site. A sample landscape design proposal is below.What kind of landscape plans does Ross NW Watergardens produce?We utilize a CAD-based computer program to produce professional 2D designs. We provide pictures and descriptions that help you envision the design. We do not produce elevations or renderings.Why not? 3D renderings are cool, but don’t add much to the process. They tend to set expectations that can’t be met in reality. The boulder delivered to your project will not look like the one in the rendering. Neither will the plants. And don’t even get me started on the pitfalls of renderings of water features.What we do offer is the combined power of a 2D design and written explanation, along with pictures that serve as examples. We do a good job of enabling even the least imaginative client to see what their new landscape will be!How long does a design take to complete?Depends on the scope and time of year (more on that here). A detailed design, requested during the summer, can take 4-6 weeks to be presented. Additional time is needed to make revisions. It’s a process, so make sure you are working with someone you like!How much input do you have into the design?Tons. The design process is guided by your preferences. Multiple revisions are included in the design agreement, ensuring the final landscape plan is just right for you. I have been on many consultations with clients who had a design from another designer- a design that didn’t fit their style. That will not happen with us! We love modern landscape design, but if that is not your style then it won’t be the style of your design.When do I need a landscape architect?Large projects, with a high degree of complexity, benefit from the technical background a landscape architect provides. LA’s can tell tradesman how to build something. Landscape designers can not. We are happy to consult on your project and refer you to an excellent landscape architect. We have several that are incredibly talented and wonderful to work with.
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Landscape Design Portland

Carolyn Gregg and Christine Ellis of Gregg & Ellis Landscape Design are quintessential garden designers. And while they certainly place a strong emphasis on plant material I appreciate that both excel at hardscape layout (not all landscape designers do!)Bethany Rydmark, LA is an 8th(!) generation Oregonian with a collaborative mind and broad influences.Lauren Hall-Behrens of Lilyvilla Gardens is a designer with a flair for the dramatic. If you are daring, appreciate drama, and want a garden overflowing with beauty give her a call first.2.ink Studio. Landscape architecture firm producing wonderful modern and post-modern spaces. Have a sparkling custom modern home and (big) budget to match? I would take a hard look at their portfolio.Me. When we are busy you may have to wait, but I will work hard to make it worth it!Landscape Designs On a BudgetNone of the above come cheap (though Gregg and Ellis may do a one visit/quick sketch thing). Need a simple design on a budget? Here are a couple good resources for Portland homeowners:Hire a landscape design student from PCC. How much will it cost you? I have no idea, but please leave a comment below if you have experience with this program!Dennis’ 7 Dees has a service they call “Planscaper”. It’s billed as a free design service for the DIYer.Portland Nursery has a design service that is very reasonably priced, especially for smaller spaces.Drakes’ 7 Dees provides a design guide you can use to put together your own landscape plan.Landscape Design In A Day is a design firm catering to homeowners with small gardens or DIY aspirations. Their process allows you to some of the heavy lifting and save some money as a result.Other Portland Area Landscape DesignersFor more information on landscape designers in the Portland area visit the Association of NW Landscape Designer’s website.Or just scroll down and see my full list.Are you a Portland based landscape designer or architect who would like to be added to the list? Just leave a comment at the bottom!

Landscape Design Portland

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