Master Planning allows the owner to look at the “big picture” when developing a vision for their landscape and helps them make important site decisions. A Master Plan is a drawing that is developed through meetings with the client, site visits, and careful analysis of the property. Typically, it is a long term plan, and it is never too late to begin.
Organizing long term and short term goals for a property ensures a well thought out landscape instead of haphazard elements and outdoor spaces that are disconnected to the land, architecture and each other. Since our founding in 1990 we have completed over 400 master plans for various residential, public/urban parklands and commercial clients. Many of our clients continue to update their master plans through the years.
With all of the information we gather from our client, their Team and their land we create a master plan that is functional for day-to-day life.
Residential elements are shown on the plan such as vehicular approaches, parking, display gardens, terraces and walls, patios and decks, aquatic features (swimming pool, hot tub, pond, water feature, etc) play areas, landscape beds, woodlands work, underground utilities, etc among others.
Commercial and public master plans illustrate vehicular versus pedestrian improvements such as roads or streets, public parking, streetscape, park spaces, sidewalks, lighting, signage, landscape, infrastructure, etc.
Once an agreed upon Master Plan is created, a cost estimate for its implementation.
As Landscape Architects, we also want it to be inspiring for the owner or visitor, a place where they can relax in a woodland outdoor room or sun by their new pool or walk along a new park along a river.
Creating a master plan is not a linear process. Every meeting we learn something new about the client, every site visit we learn more about the land; the work is not finished until the plan is constructed. Master Planning helps turn dreams into reality.
We look forward to hearing from you about any projects concerning design, permitting, master planning or construction management.