Design and Installation Approach

Let’s walk through the process

Welcome to the team

Your voice is integral to our approach

Whether you want to update your current landscape, build a new home, or add an addition, you are an indispensable member of our design team. After all, no one knows better than you how you want your landscape to look or how you want to enjoy it.

From the initial meeting through to the finished project, we want you to feel comfortable, confident and involved. The landscape design professionals at James Martin Associates will work closely with you from day one, exploring multiple options and discussing schedule and budget.

This ensures two desired outcomes: you’ll end up with exactly the landscape you envisioned, and you’ll have a great time helping to make it happen.

“David and I want you to know that we are VERY pleased with your design and plant selections. It looks great today and I am sure it will look better after the plants have time to mature. We enjoyed working with you and will continue to use [JMA] because of you.”

Your Partner

from Day One

You know what you want for your home’s landscape – generally if not specifically – and it’s our job to understand it, design it, and make it a reality. James Martin Associates has a proven process for doing so.

After you’ve contacted us, we’ll set up an initial meeting time that’s convenient for you. During that meeting, one of our Landscape Professionals will come to your home and:

  • Listen to your landscaping needs and preferences, including design styles, building materials and plants
  • Ask about any special concerns such as drainage issues or unwanted views
  • Walk your property to see any issues directly and get the lay of the land (literally!)
taking a look

at similar projects

Next, we’ll show you examples from our portfolio of projects that achieved solutions of desired outcomes similar to yours. We want to help you visualize exactly what the possibilities are for your home’s landscape.

Based on the scope of your project, we will leave you with a design retainer agreement and a design questionnaire so you can take your time thinking about your needs, styles and options.

We'll Start with your ideas

and suggest a few more

During the early stages of the planning process, our Landscape Design Professional will conduct a creative exploration of widely varied ideas to zero in on the ideal solution for you and your lifestyle.

We’ll take into consideration your existing outdoor living area, including any plant materials and hardscapes, and then discuss a broad range of ideas with you. For example, if you’re interested in water features, we’ll show you examples of pools, spas, fountains, ponds, and more. You’ll find it fun and exciting right from the start.


We'll never surprise you

As experts in designing and installing beautiful landscapes, James Martin Associates knows how much different options cost. We’ll show you pricing comparisons, offer installation phasing options, and itemize every part of your plan for your approval up front.

We’ll budget every boulder:

  • Existing plant protection and/or removals
  • Hardscapes (concrete, wood, stone, fencing, lighting, etc.)
  • Softscapes (plants and groundcover)
  • All other key aspects of your project including any necessary sub-contracting
  • Recommended maintenance budgets

The only surprise you might experience is the end result looking even more beautiful than you imagined!

Final Plan & Proposal

Putting your dreams to paper

At James Martin Associates, we deliver what we promise.

Upon refining the concepts into the final plan, we’ll come to your home for a Proposal Meeting, complete with Plan Presentation, Image Booklet and Detailed Proposal. We want you to understand and approve exactly what your dream landscape will entail.

“I wanted to write you a note explaining just how incredibly happy we are with our new landscaping, fire pit and patio. The whole process, from beginning to end, was seamless and we owe that all to you. We knew we had made the right decision to use [JMA] once we saw the sketches and saw how well you incorporated all of our ideas.”

Todd and Anna

Quality, Collaboration, Consideration

Your new landscape needs to stand the test of time. Accordingly, James Martin Associates uses only top-quality materials, designed to look beautiful for years to come.

Plus, we work hard to make the installation phase just as enjoyable as the project planning phase. Our construction team will involve you as much or as little as you’d like. By keeping you fully informed and encouraging you to stay involved, we can continue to collaborate with you as a partner throughout construction.

Finally, we never forget that we are guests on your property; we will be considerate in keeping noise, mess and distraction to a minimum. Because it’s not just our job site, it’s your home.

We’ll take care of everything:

  • Permits
  • Applications
  • Installation schedule & job plan
  • Ordering materials
  • Call utility locate prior to excavation
  • Preserve existing plant features as needed
  • Excavation and grading
  • Irrigation and landscape lighting installation
  • Stone/pavers/masonry
  • Plants and groundcover
  • Keeping a clean and safe work site
  • Daily site supervision
  • Regular work progress communication via email, text, or phone call
  • Coordination of project team sub-contractors
  • Transition into landscape maintenance services
Your landscape partner

for life

At James Martin Associates, our partnership with you doesn’t end when construction is complete.

Included in every contract where we install irrigation and plants, we provide a one-year warranty on your new plants, ensuring that any plants that don’t make it through the year are replaced.

Beyond the first year, your landscape will benefit from ongoing horticultural and aesthetic adjustment. We’ll identify routine and long-term maintenance needs and offer to take care of those needs for you. After all, who knows your landscape better than the pros who built it?

We can provide regular maintenance throughout the season, once a year horticultural pruning, or anything in-between. Learn more about our residential landscape maintenance services below.

We look forward to being a lifelong partner and sustaining your beautiful landscape for years to come.

Ready to make your landscape vision a reality?

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