A 3 1/2 year process. This was not the timeline for the design/build of a house or commercial development. This was how much time it took to design, refine, modify and eventually implement a landscaping plan.
Homeowners can often feel disheartened by a lengthy project timeline and this project was no exception. As designers we want our experiences and knowledge to be helpful for our clients, to advise them and offer counsel. This landscaping project, for Shannon's personal home, was one of excitement, frustration, stalls, hiccups, big changes, positive outcomes and lots of emotions. It was a great experience for us to gain, as we came to realize how invaluable it is to listen to the guidance of professionals but most importantly to make ourselves heard and understood as a client. Over 3 1/2 years patterns of life changed and needs shifted. The landscaping design has became a story of how the inhabitants have settled into the home.
Below is a photo essay of our process.
As a realistic check-in, we wanted to note that once all of the plantings are in it will take from 5-8 years to reach maturity and create the full lush yard we are envisioning. Adding in that future growth time, it puts this project at around 10 years! Slow design indeed.