When a landscape design is appropriate for a project, there is a design fee of $75 per hour for that service. Here is what that design fee buys for you:
A plan drawn to-scale showing proposed hardscape and/or landscape, and relevant existing features
In the case of planting plans, a list of specific plants and quantities
In the case of hardscape designs, recommendations for materials
An agreed-upon number of hours of the designer’s time
One round of minor revisions, if necessary (1 hour or less)
Fees and Proposal
The Kirby’s designer will present this design to you, usually in person, along with a proposal explaining the price of our installation services. Please note that the design fee is a separate job; it’s a separate transaction from the installation job if you hire us to do the installation.
Once you’ve paid the design fee, you get to keep the design. We hope that you hire us to do the installation as outlined in the proposal. But you can take the design and get bids from other professionals if you wish. Until we receive the design fee, however, Kirby’s will keep the design documents as our intellectual property. The installation proposal is yours to keep at no charge.
Design fees range widely, depending on the scale of the project, the complexity of the site analysis & mapping, and the budget for installation. Very simple, quick designs take 4 hours ($300); while complex, multi-phase, higher budget designs can take 16 hours ($1200). Most designs lie somewhere in between; some require more, but few require less. When I have more information about your project, I can estimate how long yours would take.
If you would prefer to have this conversation over the phone, please call our office at 804-559-5417. We look forward to hearing more about your project, and hope we can be of service!