Madrone Landscapes designs projects to maximize and reflect our relationship with the natural environment.

A relationship that goes beyond proper design practice alone.

Design Philosophy

We believe that success is achieved from high function, elegant form, stewardship, and longevity. We understand our client’s motivations and goals through in-depth observation, diligent listening, and budget analysis. The landscapes that we create speak for themselves with beauty and with the desired psychological effect on the user. We reflect our relationship with the natural world to create beautiful patterns found in natural phenomena. We consciously blend seamlessly into the architecture of the surrounding built form. We design and build our projects to succeed today, tomorrow, and for generations to come.

Client Expectations

We listen to our clients’ needs, desires, and expectations. So often, designers will not listen to their clients and the design will end up not reflecting the client’s vision, or being over budget to build. We ensure satisfaction of our designs and we have the conversations about budget and value engineering throughout the process. We provide design ideas, repercussions, and opportunities. Our goal is to create the best possible landscape for the client’s needs and means, and the most sustainably beautiful forms.

Design Process

We provide everything from simple landscape concepts, to design development drawings, to construction documents.  We establish what the client needs or wants and we try to achieve the most we can without extraneous work.

General Design Process

  1. Our first step is a meeting with the client and an introduction to the site.  This involves discussion of ideas, analysis of the site, and discussion of design scope.  This is a free meeting, for local clients, and at the end of it we present a design price.
  2. Once the design scope and price are agreed upon, the design commences with a first draft concept of all ideas discussed plus new opportunities found in the design process.   The meeting for the first draft is expected to involve the red pen and nothing is sacred on the first go around.  We avoid going into too much detail at this phase because we do not wish to waste design time on details that will not be relevant.  After we mark up the plans to bring back to the office, we leave the client with a copy to keep and mark up on their own.  We encourage inclusion of the client in the design process for both understanding and ownership of the plan.
  3. When we bring the second draft, it comes with a budget to look at the monetary value of the construction to be done to build everything discussed.  We get the red pen out again and make serious design decisions based on priority, budget, feasibility, and phasing options.  In addition to the budget component, we look further into details and finishes.
  4. We generally have a completed concept after the two revisions.  Most questions have been answered and most avenues have been explored.  For design-build projects, we usually stop at this design development plan (includes specific planting, accurate site layout, and materials to be used).  We may have more or less revisions as necessary to the project.  For construction documents, we require the most revisions and plan checks, and it is a more costly design.
  5. When we build our designs, the design team is involved and available throughout the construction process.  Our designs are not complete until the project is built.  We take pride in finding opportunities for improvement during the construction process.  This is where some of the best design improvements often become a part of the plan.

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