Our Landscape Design Process





Our full-service design/build process encompasses all aspects of your project from concept to construction. Our design services include: consultations, site reviews, topography, complete schematic drawings, design specifications, and proposals. Our construction services include: pre-construction meetings, project management, scheduling, on-site crew managers, landscape construction, and walkthroughs. Our team of experienced project managers oversee every detail of your project through both design and construction, tightening up communication and ensuring a smooth process.


Step 1

Initial Design No-Charge Consultation & Design Agreement

Meet with a licensed landscape architect in your home to discuss your landscaping goals. If the initial consultation meets your expectations, you will be given a quote. A design deposit of 50% is required to move forward.

Step 2

Site Survey & Preliminary Design

Each design begins with a site survey for our landscape architects to work from. Then, we flesh out a first draft in-house with construction in mind. A schematic landscape design based upon the initial consultation will be presented.

Step 3

Design Refinements & Construction Proposal

After the preliminary design presentation, revisions to the design are made, if necessary, based on your feedback. A second meeting will include a review of the revised design and a written estimate for the services to complete the proposed landscaping. Final revisions can be made at this time or during additional meetings.


Step 4

Contract Signing & Project Coordination

At this time a contract for services may be signed, a one-third deposit is made to reserve your spot in our construction schedule, and we will break ground on your new backyard resort per the construction schedule. Depending on your location’s climate, construction can take place year round. Progress payments are made throughout the construction process. The remainder of the balance is due upon completion.

Step 5

Construction, Project Management & Plantings

With a single point of contact for the entirety of your project, you’ll become lost in the creative process, not paperwork. With no crews to coordinate or phone calls to line up, you’ll be free to explore the possibilities of your ideal backyard resort. Our multi-disciplinary team offers a diverse, up-to-date skill set to meet our clients’ dynamic needs. On the off-chance that we need external support, we have decades-long relationships with several talented and respected subcontractors who will only be tapped as the need arises.

Step 6

Project Completion Walkthrough & Warranty

Once construction is completed, a final review will be conducted to ensure your happiness with the end result. Your satisfaction is backed by our warranty. The remainder of the balance is due upon completion of the project.


Create your dream backyard now!

We walk you through the process from design to finished construction. With our multi-disciplinary team of licensed Seattle landscape designers, project managers, and licensed contractors on your side, creating your dream backyard will almost be as easy as enjoying it.

We had a fantastic experience working with Alderwood Landscaping on a complete overhaul and redesign of our backyard. We started by working with Tim, a landscape architect, who helped us figure out exactly what we wanted in our backyard. He answered all of our questions, met with us on multiple occasions and reworked plans/drawings until they were just right. We absolutely love how our backyard turned out! It is beautiful, functional and comfortable. It is so much more than we had hoped for or expected when we started the project.
– The Sanders