Landscape Architecture & Design
is the profession that provides the landscape planning and design of residential communities, private estate gardens, parks, college campuses, commercial centers, resorts, corporate centers, and waterfront developments to name a few.
At Scapes, Inc. we utilize The Design Process of relating the structure of a project to the landscape.
Jim Guffey is Scapes Inc.'s Landscape Architect on staff with over 40 years of experience in Landscape Architecture, Landscape Design, Landscape Installation, Landscape Construction, & Horticulture.
We specialize in the design and installation of your landscape project. Whether you’re revamping an existing yard, or landscaping for new construction (residential or commercial) we can help you with your personalized plan & installation.
The Design Process
Gather Information- Client’s goals, needs, wants, and wishes, maintenance style, & budget.
Site Analysis- observe the project area, property boundaries, existing structures, views, climate, soil, existing plants, adjacent structures & use patterns, etc…
Base Plan Developed
Planning & Design
Preliminary Plans- create rough sketches, showing different ways to develop the site. Scapes, Inc. & The Owner go over the different preliminary plans together.
Develop Conceptual Plan- combine the best features of the preliminary landscape plan to develop the best conceptual plan.
Final Plan- The Final Landscape Plan is developed with the collaboration of the Owner & Scapes, Inc.
Landscape Design Input
The Design Process begins with gathering information:
How do you want to use your space:
Entertaining, Cooking and Dining, Swimming, Playing, Relaxing, Gardening
Pools, Water Features, Cabanas, Pergolas, Spa, Fireplace, Firepits, Driveways, Sidewalks, Decks, Secret Gardens, Sheds, Shops, Patios, Outdoor Kitchens, Boulders, Rocks, Retaining Walls, etc…
Who is going to use this space:
Adults, children, pets, etc
Sunny vs Shady Areas, Views within the Property and Adjacent Views, Wind Direction and Quantity, Water Flow, Drainage, Power Lines, Septic Tanks, Utilities
Sand, Clay, Rock, Silt, or combination
Hydrozones, Topography, & Drainage:
How does the water behave in the property, does in collect in areas, drain fast or slow, or flow thru certain areas. Is Drainage needed?
Are there areas that the climate is a little bit different. Under large trees or wooded areas, small niche areas around buildings, hot spots near South or West Walls and large concrete areas, etc.
Natural, Freeform, Formal, Balanced, Contemporary, etc…
Mediterranean, Tudor, English Garden, French, Southwest, Japanese, etc.
What Plant Material does the Owner like & dislike?