Process

I can harmonize your property and improve the look and value of your grounds. The following is a detailed outline of the design and construction process. The size and complexity of the job will determine the level of involvement of each of the subsequent phases.

Phase I—Site Consultation
The landscape architect and client usually meet on site to discuss design, budget, architectural goals, site engineering, environmental, legal and code issues. The design and construction process is outlined, including estimated professional fees and installation costs. Information from the consultation provides a basis for the landscape architect to draft a proposal for professional services, sent to the client after the meeting.

Phase II—Site Survey
An accurate survey of the existing site conditions is required before planning can start. Primary and secondary data are gathered to produce a CAD (computer automated design) file / map of the site. This includes, existing structures, walls, fences, topography, ledge outcrops, vegetation, wetlands, water and drainage courses, utilities, construction setbacks, easements, etc.

Town and state officials may also be consulted on specific environmental and regulatory issues. This helps the landscape architect design for code compliant development.

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 Phase III—Schematic Design
Design sketches are prepared illustrating the layout of structures, hard surfaces, plantings and lawn areas. The completed schematic harmonizes the site by integrating the spaces, providing a design vision for the client. This serves as a format for the construction plans needed for bidding, permitting and installation.

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Phase IV—Design Development
This phase focuses on budget. A detailed report is prepared that itemizes construction costs, enabling the client to assess the value of the work proposed. The quality and quantity of work can be modified to meet the client's budget.
Phase V—Construction Drawings
With the design and budget defined, plans are drawn to provide an accurate and clear set of technical instructions on how to produce the design, essential for permitting, bidding and construction.

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Phase VI—Construction Administration

1. Construction Procurement

Local and state departments often require permitting. This can involve various board and agency approvals. Developing a working relationship with officials will enable the design professional to efficiently work through the regulatory process.

A Bid Package is prepared that typically includes plans, price sheets and specifications. Qualified contractors are solicited to price the work. The completed bids are analyzed and the chosen team of contractors is assembled to meet the landscape architect and client for a discussion of responsibilities. Contracts are prepared and signed by the owner and contractors.

2. Construction Implementation

The landscape architect will act as a consultant to the client for observation of the construction in progress. The size and complexity of the project will determine the extent of the landscape architect’s involvement. Larger jobs will require a dedicated project manager to oversee and coordinate the work, limiting the landscape architect to perform specialized tasks. Smaller jobs may require the landscape architect to be more involved. Having a professional oversee the project will help to insure a favorable outcome.

 

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  • My property is partially surrounded by a wetland. I had some drainage issues and retained Robert Schweitzer as a landscape architect to help me design drainage infrastructure and obtain permits with the Town Wetlands Commission. He was very informative, responsive, professional and helpful moving my project forward. I would highly recommend Robert Schweitzer.

    My property is partially surrounded by a wetland. I had some drainage issues and retained Robert Schweitzer as a landscape architect to help me design drainage infrastructure and obtain permits with the Town Wetlands Commission. He was very informative, responsive, professional and helpful moving my project forward. I would highly recommend Robert Schweitzer.

    Steve Szluka

  • As a designer of gardens, I observed Bob renovate two significant properties with the utmost skill and aesthetic acumen. The transformations are breathtaking. His eye for detail and knowledge of the technical underpinnings necessary for a successful landscape project is thorough. The plantings and stonework look as if they had always been there as Nature intended, the mark of an artist. I would work with Bob anytime.

    As a designer of gardens, I observed Bob renovate two significant properties with the utmost skill and aesthetic acumen. The transformations are breathtaking. His eye for detail and knowledge of the technical underpinnings necessary for a successful landscape project is thorough. The plantings and stonework look as if they had always been there as Nature intended, the mark of an artist. I would work with Bob anytime.

    Susan Irving

  • Very professional, courteous, and helpful. I used Mr. Schweitzer as a consultant when I wanted to build a house on some property I purchased. His knowledge on drainage and site design was invaluable. I highly recommend him.

    Very professional, courteous, and helpful. I used Mr. Schweitzer as a consultant when I wanted to build a house on some property I purchased. His knowledge on drainage and site design was invaluable. I highly recommend him.

    Manny B

Robert D. Schweitzer Jr.

Located in,

Redding, CT 06896

Phone. 914-241-9597

Email. rdsrla@optonline.net