What cities do you work in?
I do the majority of work in Lexington and surrounding areas. I’m open by request to work and do speaking engagements in other cities. The Federal mileage rate will apply for visits outside of Fayette County. I also offer virtual services if the distance is too great.
What type of work do you do?
I specialize in sustainable and ecological landscapes such as pollinator and wildlife gardens, rain gardens, and homesteads. This type of special design can also be called ‘nativescaping’. However, I also enjoy creating formal style gardens, hardscapes, container gardens, and therapeutic or historical gardens. I will work with you to design and renovate an existing landscape or to create one from the ground up.
What size of projects do you work on?
My designs range from small garden beds to entire home properties to spaces like community type gardens. Whether you are starting from a blank slate or wishing to renovate an existing landscape to be more functional and sustainable, I will work with you from start to finish, creating a garden space that you and your family will enjoy for years to come. I’m available to work on installations on a case by case basis.
Do I need a landscape design?
A professional and good landscape design can transform your yard into a space you love. It will assure your investment is well thought out and best suited to you and your family. A landscape design is a plan that serves as a guide and map to implement the garden. It is well thought out, detailed, and custom to your desires and the qualities of the site.
I spend a considerable amount of time getting to know you and the site, learning about your goals and wishes, and include you as an integral part of the process. I want the final garden to be unique to you and your space, unlike any other. My Pre-Consultation Survey is the first step to getting to know you and serves as a guide for me to create a garden you not only like, but also love.
How much does a design and landscaping cost?
Landscaping is an investment and one that can and should increase the value of your home. This means it should be well thought out and custom to your tastes and space. All landscaping companies work with clients differently. Some may charge a separate design fee, while others work the design fee into the installation costs. Some companies will only work with a client if they agree to a design and the installation. Most general landscape contractors do not have design knowledge and may only work with a small plant palette.
My educational background is in landscape architecture and garden design. The design cost is based on the conditions of the site (size, topography, drainage, condition of existing site, many plants vs blank slate), desired garden features (rain garden, kitchen garden, hardscaping, play areas, chicken coop, etc.), and the client’s timeline. The larger the site, or the more features the client wants to incorporate into the design will increase cost.
A landscape design also helps with the overall budget of installing a new landscape because designers look at the whole process and budget, figuring out what can and cannot be done in the space. Having a well thought out design means you are much more likely to be happy with the result; a holistic landscape that feels right and you will not be looking to redo after the completed installation. A design will likely save investment and time during the project.
I’m skilled at developing creative, alternative, well thought out solutions to your needs, wants, and goals. Design work takes considerable time, knowledge, and expertise and has its own separate fee.
How long does a design take?
This will vary according to what is on my work queue and the size or complexity of your project. Some designs may only take a few weeks, but other designs may take a few months. In the busy months of March-November you will find that times increase for design projects due to demand. The design process is best started in August-November, so concepts and designs are be developed over the winter and installed the following spring & summer.
How soon can you start on our project?
In most cases the on-site consultation can be scheduled within a couple of weeks of the initial request. Starting on the actual project will vary to what’s on my work queue, weather, and when paperwork has processed.
Should I design all of my yard now or in parts?
A landscape design is a wise investment. Having the entire design created at once is the wisest choice to assure a cohesive design and long-term vision for the project. The landscape master plan can be divided out into phases that can be installed in smaller phases as resources allow. The installation of the entire master plan can be implemented over 1 year, 5 years, or longer.
Can you create a design that I can install myself?
I go to great measure to create a landscape plan that fits your needs. You can choose to install all or part of your landscaping plan yourself. Once I hand you the final design, you may choose to hire EARTHeim to install all or part of the garden, or you may install it yourself.
Landscaping can be backbreaking work best left to professionals, but it can also be gratifying to complete small projects yourself. If you would like guidance while installing the garden yourself, I’m available as a garden coach to help guide you along the way. In my experience, the best gardens are also installed by the designer.
How much does a landscape installation cost?
The cost to install your landscape design will vary greatly. There are many websites that will give you average costs of landscaping. It’s generally recommended to allow 10% of a home’s value to create the most basic landscaping around the home. There are many factors including the size of your project, materials selected, and current conditions/characteristics of the site. This is why it is important to determine a budget in the beginning. In our initial conversations, I can help guide if the project you envision will work with your budget. The smallest projects I design start out at $1500 with some projects reaching $35,000-$90,000.
Can I meet with you on an evening or weekend?
I understand that with typical work hours it may be difficult to meet during normal business hours. However, because I put a great amount of time and energy into my work, I also place equal importance to manage my home. As a last resort, I reserve a couple early evenings of the month for consultations and design meetings.