If you don't see your question below, feel free to use the form at the bottom to ask!
What type of work do you do?
Residential landscape design, retreat center design, landscape art design and installation, and landscape consultation for design and landscape construction 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 work. If this is a concern, please contact me using the form below and I can give you the details about current scheduling.
What are your rates/fees?
Rates for landscape design and consultation oscillate regularly depending on the season, sometimes going up or down 100% or more depending on demand and availability. Rates are typically higher in the summer months, and lower in the winter. Summer/peak rates can be as high as $1,500 for the initial meeting and landscape design process setup, and $500/hr. for design after the initial meeting. Winter/non-peak rates can be as low as $500 for the initial meeting and landscape design process setup, and $250/hr. for design after the initial meeting. Current rates are listed at the bottom of the Project Inquiry Form (view the check boxes right above the "Submit" button, which include current rates). (Last updated 3/9/2023)
Do you have a minimum project size?
Would you come out and sketch up landscape design ideas on-site for us during the initial consultation?
Possibly. 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 detailed design work.
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. At the end of the process you will walk away with detailed design, with all plants and materials labeled.
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?
After the landscape design is complete, who does the installation?
This depends on the location and scope of the project. For projects local to Seattle, Tristan will typically refer you to a suitable contractor. For projects outside of the Seattle area, you will likely have to find your own contractor. Tristan is available for ongoing support throughout the contractor selection and construction process if you so desire.
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 questions about install costs, it is usually best to have this conversation after I have more specific information about what you are looking to do with the space. Costs vary dramatically depending on your goals, materials, etc.
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If you do not have a specific question and would rather like to submit your design project for consideration, please fill out a project info form by clicking here.