One of our favorite things about landscaping is seeing a design through to completion. Here at Drost, we have our own group of talented in-house designers. With years of training and experience, they apply their knowledge and skills to old mediums and new technologies to help our clients visualize their dream space. In this blog, we wanted to give you a behind-the-scenes look at our landscape design process, from initial ideas to completed project.
Every design begins with an idea. Whether big or small, we all have that dream backyard that lives in our heads–maybe as a full picture, maybe with specific elements we’d like incorporated, or maybe just as a feeling we’d like to have while experiencing it. Whatever that idea, our talented and knowledgeable designers help to transfer that mental picture onto paper.
Our designers might begin with a quick sketch to communicate an idea, or they might jump directly into a program called CAD. CAD allows our team to create a to-scale design that quickly and easily shows plant and hardscape selections. It’s invaluable to our team, because it tells us exactly what we need to create a space and where to put each element.
But it can be difficult to visualize a CAD drawing as a livable space, so our team creates 3D models of many of our designs in order to help our clients see what their landscape can become. Our 3D models give us the ability to look at different angles of a space and even fly through it, as well as view it in both daytime and nighttime settings to observe things like landscape lighting.
Once a design has been approved by the client, it goes onto the schedule for production. Depending on the size and scope of a project, installation time varies from a matter of months to over a year. Throughout the process, a design might go through some minor tweaks due to new opportunities presented as the site develops, but our team will always remain true to the initial dream our client came to us with.
No matter how long the process takes, reaching the end of the project is always satisfying as we get to step back and appreciate the transformation. From start to finish, our team’s dedication to excellence shines through in every detail.