Terrascapes believes that the best way to understand what you want is to collect as much information ahead of time. For you to get the most out of your consultation here are some questions and items for you to think about beforehand.
· What are the boundaries of the site?
· Make a wish list. (Play area, cutting garden, favorite plants, patio, etc.)
· What are the areas that trouble you the most?
· What is your timeframe for the project?
· How do you plan to maintain the new landscape? (service, self, combination)
· If you decide on a PLAN, do you have or ability to obtain a plot map from your builder, realtor, or county, which gives specific dimensions of the property boundaries and building footprints?
· If you have a septic system, do you have a septic plan showing the location and leaching field area
This completed questionnaire, along with information that we collect from the site and additional research enables us to draw up a site analysis, which is an important part of the the design process.
This analysis is designed inform us so that we may derive a general concept of your property. Your family, lifestyle, tastes are all taken into consideration when developing a conceptual design for your specific needs.
List family members and relevant hobbies – interests, which might influence property use.
Are there any allergies or other medical problems/conditions, which should be considered. (ie.,elderly persons using the property)
Do you have any pets, which require a special area or place to run?
Are there any restrictions on the property such as Homeowner’s Association Guidelines or other covenants like Wetland restrictions? (I.e. Fence ht., setbacks, etc.)
CIRCLE any of the following that you would like to include in your landscape.
LAWN AREA (large or small) GROUND COVERS PERENNIAL GARDENS RIVER ROCKS GRAVELLED AREAS
EDIBLE PLANTS ROCK GARDENS ORNAMENTAL GRASSES FRAGRANT PLANTS
GARDEN STRUCTURES PATIO DECK ENTRYWAYS
WALKWAYS GARDEN PATHS OUTDOOR ROOMS
Entrances can be either formal or informal. Consider the following,
Would you like an open welcoming feel or something more intimate and private?
Do you want to change the shape and material of the walkways?
Are the walkways wide enough?
What paving materials do you prefer (stone, brick, gravel, pavers)?
Is your driveway adequate in size for the vehicles in your family?
Is there adequate parking for your guests?
Do you want to change the shape of your driveway?
Can you change the entrance into the garage area if desired?
Is there access for snow removal?
Where will the garbage cans go?
Do you need a shed, woodpile, or compost pile and where will they be placed?
Do you want a greenhouse or other utility building on the site?
Do you have an area to put snow if you are in a cold zone?
Do you have room for play equipment?
Do you require or desire a specific play surface?
Do you have a place to store play toys?
How many guests do you usually entertain? 1-8 10-20 20-50 more
Would you like deck or patio?
Do you prefer permanent seating or furniture?
How much area do you want shaded?
Would you like an outdoor kitchen, cooking area or built in BBQ?
Is there a swimming pool or hot tub or either which is desired?
Do you need a game area or sport court?
Would you like outdoor lighting?
Do you have or need an irrigation system? (Terrascapes does not GUARANTEE newly planted material unless you have a proper irrigation system.)
How many hours a day/week will you be maintaining your garden?
Will you be hiring a maintenance service? Do you need a recommendation?
Do you require separate lawn care? Shrub and tree care? Pesticide treatment program? Fine gardening care?
COLOR AND PLANT PREFERENCE
Do you have specific color/plant preference? (Pastels, hot colors, blues and lavenders, roses, etc.)
Do you have any plants/colors/combinations that you absolutely do NOT want in your garden?
Do you have existing garden art/furniture or decorative accessories that you want focally (or otherwise) placed in your garden?
CIRCLE any of the following accessories you might like to add to your landscape:
BIRD ATTRACTORS WATER FEATURE (FOUNTAIN – POND – STREAM – WATERFALL – POOL – SPA)
BOULDERS GAZEBO PERGOLA ARBOR GARDEN SCULPTURE CONTAINER PLANTS (POTS)
PATIO FURNITURE OTHER FURNITURE
Do you require a kitchen garden area?
Is there space around the kitchen entrance for an edible garden?
What specific herbs, vegetables, fruit trees or flowers do you plan on growing?
Will you be using chemicals or pesticides in this garden?
Consider how spaces will transition and connect. Are there areas that you foresee will need a path or walkway?
What is the traffic tolerance of high usage areas?
See SITE ANALYSIS Questionnaire for information collected on site.
Please add any other information to the CLIENT QUESTIONNAIRE that you feel would be helpful in planning your design. Include any photos or idea clippings if you have them. You can either mail, e-mail or file transfer this information to us. If you are local (Greater Boston area), we can also arrange to drop by and pick the package up.