Landscape Design

Landscape 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.

Landscape Architect

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, and 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 and installation.

The Design Process

Gather Information – client’s goals, needs, wants, and wishes, maintenance style, and budget.​

Site Analysis – observe the project area, property boundaries, existing structures, views, climate, soil, existing plants, adjacent structures and use patterns, etc…

Planning & Design – consists of three phases: Preliminary, Conceptual & Final Plan.

  • Preliminary Plans – create rough sketches, showing different ways to develop the site. Scapes Inc and the client 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 client and Scapes Inc.

Landscape Design Input

The design process begins with gathering information.

Client’s envisioned use of the 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…

The different users of this space:
Adults, children, pets, etc

Property Observations:
Sunny vs Shady Areas, Views within the Property and Adjacent Views, Wind Direction and Quantity, Water Flow, Drainage, Power Lines, Septic Tanks, Utilities

Soil Type:
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.

Plant Selection:
What Plant Material does the Owner like & dislike?