FAQ

Although our services vary from one project to the next, our minimum charge for design starts at $650. We can usually provide you with a fee range at the time of the initial project consultation once we have a feel for the property and better knowledge of the project scope. We will then follow up with a very detailed quote identifying scope, timeframes for completion, and associated costs.

If your anticipated construction costs are less than $10,000, it is most likely not appropriate to hire us as your landscape architect. Exceptions to this rule are where local homeowners (within a 20 minute drive of Westfield, NJ) are looking to improve the front façade of their homes with new landscaping. We have cost effective solutions that can address this need. See our “Photo Overlays” as an example.

If the project qualifies, the initial on-site consultation is free of charge. An example of a project that does not qualify would be an assessment of a property that you currently do not own and are considering for purchase. Since most initial project consultations are free of charge we ask that you be on-time, prepared, and open to suggestions to get the most out of this visit.

Although our design process is very similar from one project to the next, we can customize our services to meet the needs of each client. To learn more about our typical design process, please visit our services page for more information.

Residential
Commercial

For our residential work we service areas within a 1 hour drive of our office in Westfield, NJ. For commercial work, we have a broader reach. We can service all areas in which we are licensed including the following: CT, MD, MI, NJ, NY, PA, and VA.

Most designs can be completed between 1-6 weeks. However other factors to consider include but are not limited to the following: preliminary survey work, decisions on material selection, final approval of site layout, municipal/state/county permitting, the bidding process, construction activities, weather delays, holidays, and inspections.

As Landscape Architects, we are not legally allowed to perform surveys. You would need to hire a professional land surveyor (PLS) to complete this work. However, if you need basic information to supplement an existing survey, we can usually obtain this information for you. Over the years, we have built strong relationships with top-notch surveyors. If you need a new survey, we would be more than happy to recommend a PLS to you.

No, we do not install any of the improvements that we design. We are educated in landscape architecture and stick to what we excel at. With that said, we will work with any contractor that you choose or recommend quality contractors that we know and trust to execute our designs.

Yes, building a new pool, patio, deck, etc. on your property will affect your taxes. As taken from the New Jersey State Treasury Department of Taxation website, it is said that all new construction, additions, and improvements completed after October 1st are valued and taxed under the added assessment law. This requires your county tax assessor to place a value upon your addition(s) or improvement(s), which will be added to your property value. You will then be taxed according to the updated property value. For more information, you may want to contact your local county tax assessor.

Yes, we can design walls 4’ in height or less, or a series of terraced walls.  If you are looking to design a wall greater than 4’, you should contact a local structural engineer.

Yes, typical residential applications require a zoning permit and engineering permit. In addition, we can assist you with tree removal permits, soil erosion certification, county/state permits, variance applications, and site plans for commercial properties. However, your contractor would be responsible for all construction related permits such as building, plumbing, electrical, etc.

Sometimes, that is up to you. You have 3 options. Option #1: you can utilize our drawings to build from with your chosen contractor. Option #2: We can provide you with periodic management on an “as needed” basis for critical check-in points. Option #3: You can have us manage the entire project on your behalf.

Unless there is a construction related issue that must be resolved in a timely manner, no. We are open Monday-Friday 9am-6pm. We usually set aside 2 nights each week to meet with our clients outside of our normal business hours in order to accommodate work schedules.