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What is your service area?

I work out of a home office in North Seattle, and Serve the Greater Seattle Area.

What type of work do you do?

Landscape design, landscape consultation, light landscape construction (typically smaller projects), and landscape construction coaching for do-it-yourselfers/DIY-ers.

What type of work don’t you do?


Providing quotes for only a single wall, patio, or other landscaping item that isn’t part of a holistic landscape re-design

Providing quotes for the installation of another designer’s work

How does your process work?

Click here for the visual description of the process.

If I contact you today, how soon can you meet with me to start the process?

Please visit the Contact Landscape Design page for current scheduling info.

How long does the design process take? If I contact you today, when can we break ground on the project?

That depends on the season and the current backlog of design and construction work. If this is a concern, please contact me using the form below and I can give you the details about my current schedule. 

I just need a patio, retaining wall, etc. installed. Can you come over and give us a quote for it?


What do you charge?

The initial consultation fee is $1,250 – for the two-hour initial meeting. It also covers the pre-meeting review of your detailed design questionnaire, all meeting prep and travel time to and from your location. The hourly rate for design and additional consultation is $350/hr. 

Do you have a minimum project size?

No. If you're willing to pay me my hourly rate, I might even be okay with polishing  your shoes. However, I have no formal training in that, so I'd recommend that we stick with landscaping. 

I’ve laid out the basic design of a patio/path/wall, etc. that I want. Will you come out and give us a quote for this work?


Do you work in the winter?


Do you do maintenance?


Would you come out and sketch up landscape design ideas on-site for us during the initial consultation?

Usually not. The initial consultation is a chance for me to listen to you and thoroughly understand your goals. I will often mention some general ideas to gauge your taste in various design possibilities, but there's not typically time for any sketching or formal proposals. If you're dealing with a very small area or simple transformations, sometimes this is possible. 

I would like to do the installation of the landscaping myself. Can you do a design that I install myself?

Yes! Happy to do so and support you in your DIY landscaping efforts. Click here for more details on how I work with DIY-ers. 

I just need a small area re-designed. The projects on your portfolio are much larger than my yard. Do you do design-build for small areas?

Yes, I am actually focusing more on smaller projects at this time. My portfolio of work is much more extensive than what’s shown on the website. If you don't see your exact project style/scale/scope, don't fret. My process relies heavily on customizing to your tastes and desires, and whatever scope of project you wish for. 

After the landscape design is complete, who does the installation?

This depends on the scale, scope and location of the project. Tristan may be able to lead the install on some smaller projects, and he often partners with other landscape contractors to execute his designs. We can discuss this in detail during the initial consultation if you wish. You are encouraged to work with whatever contractor you choose. 

How much will it cost to...(fill in the blank)?

For typical costs to produce a landscape design drawing, please view the Landscape Design page of the website.

For landscape construction work, National statistics gathered by the American Society of Landscape Architects  show that it costs, on average, 10% of the value of a property to completely renovate the landscaping. This actual number varies depending on existing site conditions, and the exact features you would like to include, access to the site with necessary equipment, and many other factors. Our experience also tells us it can cost between 5 and 15% of the value of your home to completely transform your yard into a beautiful, nourishing, ecologically-friendly, functional landscape.

I have a design that was drawn for me by another designer, can you provide a quote for the installation?


I have a landscape designer / general contractor who will be managing the installation of a design. Could you provide an estimate for him/her?


CONTACT TRISTAN BY EMAIL: If you do not have a specific question and would rather like to submit your project info for consideration, please fill out a project info form by clicking here.

Confused? Look no further...  

If you do have a question, this is an actual image of the actual person who will respond to your question (it's actually what he looked like 8 years ago. Since then, he's aged a little, but if you ask me, he looks better now than ever!). If you are disappointed and would prefer to see a stock photo of a much better-looking model who has no affiliation with Solstice Landscape Design, one has been provided for you below.  P.S. His name is Tristan. P.P.S. I'm referring to the owner of the business, shown above, not the stock photo model, shown below. We do not know the model's name. If you feel more comfortable with us giving him a name, we shall call him Archibald.  

Archibald (he does NOT respond to Archie, Arch, or especially A-Bald -- please respect the seriousness of his name and do not all him anything other than Archibald!!! Archie is all about 'serious' and has absolutely zero sense of humor.)