Good design solves problems and saves money in the long run. At the first on-site meeting we discuss the scope of work, phasing, site constraints and opportunities and the budget. We provide initial design direction in the form of a written proposal, with an estimate of probable costs. When the consulting period concludes, you should have a good understanding about proceeding with your project. We provide free estimates.
Our training encompasses the whole outdoor environment. Your project may need site reorganization to address circulation problems, parking, seating, lighting, water feature, garden art or sculpture spaces, or have drainage and tree issues. You may have special requirements, like a swimming pool, shade structure or outdoor kitchen, or design allowing for children or pets. Planning for these considerations in the initial concept can help prioritize your wants and needs, and consequently provide the best outcome for your project. Depending on your requirements, final design plans for your project may include:
We work in conjunction with architects, builders and general contractors. The happiest outcome is the integration of site and building, which may be reflected in a traditional or modern way with appropriate plantings. General planting specifications reflect a healthy mix of evergreen and deciduous natives, with steady seasonal bloom throughout the year.
Specific items of your project may require custom fabrication. We have experience designing in steel and wood and worked with several fabricators in the Houston area.
Our Project management service helps you get the landscape you want. We can handle putting your project out to bid and assist you in bid comparison and selection. During installation, we can monitor your project for accuracy and quality control.
Although not LEED certified with the USGBC, we practice sustainability in a practical way. Keeping rain water on site in functional, safe, beautiful ways and plantings that contribute great wildlife value. By specifying building materials and supplies that are locally sourced as possible we can help reduce budget costs and show good stewardship of the earth while benefiting the local economy.
When investing in a farm or ranch, you may have need of extensive site inventory and analysis with regard to roads, good building sites or planting areas. We have training in recreating wildlife habitat & corridors and stream ecological assessments. We can provide a report analyzing all those aspects and outside influences to help gauge the quality of natural resources. On lakefront and at water's edge, we can provide recreation planning for dock, bulkhead and boat house design.
Permitting and Licensure
Sometimes clients need assistance with public approvals and permitting of site improvements. We can represent your case for planning and zoning boards in support of site improvements. Alisa is currently a candidate for Landscape architecture licensure with the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners.
"Alisa took chaos and turned the garden into zen. She walked us thru all the decisions, while incorporating our ideas: a smooth and successful collaboration."- Lisa M.
Fall Creek Garden
"Worked within budget and my time frame, affordable ideas, allowing for our strict HOA regulations. Repeat Customer!" - Lisa P.
Galveston Bay House & Garden
"A pleasure to work with! Privacy and a livable outdoor space were important to us. Alisa's practical insight directed us in a cost effective way to achieve our goals, including a shade deck, boathouse improvements and an outdoor shower." - Greg D.