Our 10 Step Design-Build Process

As a Design-Build company, we offer a unique, integrated project experience from start to finish.    With everyone from the Landscape Architect to Stone Masons and Excavator Operators on staff, our process ensures clear communication between client, designer, and craftsman.  It creates clear accountability to make sure a project is built soundly, beautifully, on budget and on schedule.

1. Preliminary Design Meeting. Each project begins with an on-site meeting to discuss your property. This phase of work is for us to listen to you, to help develop an idea of your goals, your intended use of outdoor spaces, to understand the scope of work you are looking to achieve.

2. Concept Design Proposal.  We provide an outline of everything that will appear on the design and how much the design will cost. 

3. Site Analysis. Upon approval on the Design Proposal, we return to the site to take measurements, sketch ideas, snap photos, and consider environmental concerns and attributes.

4. Concept Development. We return to the studio to compile information.   We integrate any architectural or site drawings into a base plan.   We include aerial photos of your property to help better understand the site.

5. Landscape Concept Plan.  This is a CAD rendered, scaled drawing for your review.

6. Concept Image Sheet.  This helps the customer connect items on the Concept Plan to photographic imagery of walls, patios, gardens, etc. that we have installed.  
7. Installation Quote.  We take great care in developing quotes.  The quote is more than a number on a page.   It is the framework by which we will undertake the project.   We itemize everything from how many yards of topsoil we will spread, how many square feet of patio we will install, perennials planted, face feet of stone wall built, square feet of lawn seed spread.   A good itemized quote communicates the job scope between customer and designer and designer and construction foreman so that we are all on the same page, focused on the same goal.

8. Design Review Meeting.  This is an opportunity for us to review the plan and budget.   This is the time to review what everything costs on a plan and talk about what it looks like.  At this point we can expand or reduce the scope, further refine the design, and talk about project construction phasing.   Following design review, we will revise the plan and quote to meet project goals.

9. Construction.  In the construction phase Ian will meet with one of our foremen on site to review the plans and project scope.  Next we assemble our crew, deliver machines, rock, soils, plants and get dirty!

10. Communication. Throughout the construction process we are available to meet daily or provide photo updates of work for out of town customers.  Because we do both design and construction and have developed the plan and budget under one roof, our team is able to respond to on-site conditions efficiently and effectively to keep a project on track, on budget, and on time. 
About Ambler Design
Ambler Design is based in Stowe, Vermont and services clients throughout Lamoille, Washington, and Chittenden counties and beyond.
Po Box 1492 Stowe, Vermont
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