Questionnaire

Landscape Lighting

1. Do you desire landscape lighting fixtures in your yard and around your house? 2. If yes, do you prefer lighting on elements such as sidewalks, driveways, and patios? Please explain. 3. Do you like up-lighting into trees? (these are ground mounted lights that shine up into the structure of the tree) 4. Do you like the idea of “Moon-Lighting” in your landscape? (light fixtures mounted high in trees and shining down toward the ground and illuminating your yard at night) 5. Do you desire landscape lighting shining up against your house to accent columns or building architecture? 6. Please provide us with any additional comments or requirements that you have regarding the landscape lighting design for your property.

Plants

1. What do you currently like or dislike about the plants in your yard? 2. Do you like or dislike plants that have the following elements: bright flower colors, muted flower colors, fragrances, evergreen leaves, deciduous leaves (sheds leaves in the fall/winter), fall colors on the leaf, thorns, aromatic leaves, etc.) 3. Do you like or dislike plants that have the following elements: fall blooms, spring blooms, summer blooms, showy fruit, edible fruit, poisonous fruit, attracts birds, attracts butterflies, attracts insects, etc. 4. Do you prefer plants that require low maintenance? Or are you willing to spend more time pruning and maintaining your landscape? 5. Do you like plants that have a more formal or informal look? 6. Do you like perennial beds? (i.e. plants that will die back in the fall/winter and come back on their own each spring) 7. Do you like annual beds? (i.e. plants that must be planted each Spring and Fall to survive) 8. Do you like plant groupings that use a terracing effect of plant heights? (i.e. using lower growing plants in the foreground, plants that grow to medium height range in the middle ground, and taller growing plants in the back ground) 9. Do you like to see plants blooming at different times of the year? 10. Do you want to create year round interest in your yard with plant material? 11. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Sidewalks

1. Would you like to have an existing sidewalk redesigned or simply create a new sidewalk where one currently does not exist? 2. From what material would you like the sidewalk to be constructed? (i.e. concrete, brick pavers, stone and mortar, loose gravel, etc.) 3. Would you prefer a more natural curving type of design or would you prefer one that uses more straight lines and 45/90 degree angles where turns are needed? 4. Do you have any special handicap requirements we need to consider when planning your sidewalks? 5. Would you like stone pathways (not formal sidewalks) in your landscape to allow you to walk from the house to the various areas of your yard without walking through the lawn or mulched areas? 6. Do you prefer pathways lined with a mulched material such as pea gravel, pine straw, cypress mulch, etc. as opposed to stepping stones? 7. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Drainage

1. Do you have any existing problems such as standing water in your yard, a wet basement, soil erosion on existing slopes, etc.? If so please describe where in your yard this occurs. 2. Do you currently have gutters on your house? If so, are the downspouts from your gutters allowed to simply dump all the water at the base of your house or are they piped into underground pipes and discharged elsewhere in the yard? 3. Do you have any drainage or sewer easements running through your property? 4. Does the water from any of your neighbors create problems on your property? If so, on which side of your house when viewed from the street? 5. Are there any existing water bodies located on or adjacent to your property? (i.e. a creek running through your back yard, a lake located on the back left side of the back yard, etc. If so please describe where it is located.) 6. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Driveways and Parking Areas

1. Would you like us to redesign your existing driveway or add a new driveway? 2. Do you have any need for additional parking spaces for guests or residents? 3. Do you desire more driveway width and depth around your garage that would allow for easier 2 point turns when entering or exiting your garage? 4. Do you currently have more cars parked on your property than the garage can accommodate? If so, where do you currently park them and where would be the preferred place to park them in the future? 5. Do you have a need for additional parking areas for boat trailers, RV’s/campers, or any other vehicle? 6. Would you have any need for an additional driveway to provide you with access to another area of your yard? (i.e. a driveway to a basement garage, etc.) 7. From what material would you prefer your driveway be constructed? (i.e. concrete, brick pavers, asphalt, stamped concrete, compacted gravel, pea gravel, etc.) 8. Would you like a semi-circular driveway with two points of access to the street? 9. Would you like any additional elements such as a parking circle designed into your property? 10. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Fencing

1. Do you have any need for any of the following types of fencing in your yard: privacy fencing, decorative wrought iron fencing, garden fencing, security fencing, fencing for pets, fencing for children, etc.? 2. In what area of your yard do you prefer to have fencing? (i.e. back yard, side yard, front yard, etc.) 3. Do you have a need for more than one type of fencing in your yard? If so which types of fencing do you require in which areas of your yard? 4. Would you ever have a need for a designated pet area within your yard to allow your pet to have ample room to run and still allow you to have a clean, maintained yard? 5. Does your subdivision have any restrictions regarding where fencing is allowed to be located, height used, or the type of material to be used? 6. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Lawn Areas

1. Do you prefer to have more or less lawn area than you currently have? 2. Ideally, how long would you prefer to spend cutting grass each week? 3. Do you have a need for large open lawn areas for things such as throwing a football or playing volleyball? If so, in what area of your yard when viewing from the street? (i.e. we would like a larger back yard lawn area so my children can play soccer) 4. Would you like more or less lawn area in the front yard? 5. Would you like more or less lawn area in the back yard? 6. Would you like a lawn area on either side of your house? If so which side when looking at your house from the street? 7. Do you currently have problems with your lawn due to shade or moisture issues? If so, where do you notice problems? 8. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Children's Play Area

1. Do you currently have a need for a children’s play equipment area in your yard? If so, where would be the most desirable location to place the equipment? 2. If you currently have an existing play equipment area, is your existing play area large enough to accommodate your needs? 3. If you desire a new or enlarged play equipment area, what size play equipment do you anticipate needing? (i.e. a swing set measuring 10’x 10’, a multi-purpose play structure measuring 20’ x 15’, etc.) 4. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below

Decks

1. What general size deck would you like us to plan for your yard? 2. What shape of deck do you prefer? (i.e. rectangular, square, angular layout with 45 degree cuts to create interesting nook areas, curvilinear design, etc.) 3. Are you interested in a multi-level deck? 4. Would you prefer to have bench seating planned into your deck? 5. How many stair access points from your deck onto ground level would you prefer? 6. On which side of your house would you prefer the deck to be attached when looking at your house from the street? (i.e. back left side, back right side, right side wrapping around to right side of rear as well, rear middle, etc.) 7. Do you prefer to have a deck that is not directly attached to the house but located out into the yard? If so approximate distance from the house and in what general area? (i.e. yes, a detached deck 20’ away from the house on right rear of back yard) 8. Would you prefer to have more than one deck planned into your yard? (i.e. decks that are not attached to each other in any way….but a multi-level deck is considered one deck) 9. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Patios

1. What general size patio would you like us to plan in your yard? 2. How many people do you plan on entertaining on this patio normally as well as in party situations? (i.e. typically entertain 4-6, up to 20 for parties) 3. What type of design are you interested in having? (i.e. a curvilinear design, rectangular/square, etc) 4. What type of material would you like to use as a patio surface? (i.e. brick pavers, concrete, stone with mortar joints, etc.) 5. Would you like to have low seating walls incorporated into the patio whether it be for aesthetics, retaining slopes or simply to allow for additional places to sit? 6. Would you like to have a water feature of any kind incorporated into or very near your patio? (i.e. a small pond, a self contained/re-circulating fountain, etc.) 7. Would you like to have the patio very close to your house for dining/entertaining purposes or would you prefer the patio to be out in the yard away from the house to serve as a focal point off in the distance? 8. Would you like a feature such as a fire-pit built into your patio for cooking or simply to provide heat in Winter months? 9. Would you like us to plan a pergola/arbor structure over some or all of your patio? If so, would you like a bench swing incorporated into the arbor? 10. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Ponds

1. Do you currently have any water features in your yard? If so where and what type? (i.e. we have a small 5’x 8’ fish pond in the back yard off of the back left corner of our deck, etc.) 2. Would you like us to design a water feature such as a pond and waterfall or a self contained re-circulating fountain into your yard? 3. Where would be your preferred location for such an element when viewing from the street? 4. What general type and size water feature are you interested in having in your yard? (we would like an approximately 8’ round formal fish pond with a ornamental statue fountain, etc.) 5. Are you interested in using the sound of the water to mask noises such as nearby roads and neighborhood dogs, or are you simply wanting a semi-quiet pond? 6. Would you prefer that the water feature be easily accessible to your deck or patio? 7. Or, would you prefer that the water feature be located out in the yard in some remote location that might serve as a destination spot for someone wanting to get farther away from the house? 8. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Retaining Walls

1. Do you desire or need any retaining walls in your yard? If so, in what areas when looking at your house from the street? 2. Would you prefer walls built with a flowing type of curvilinear design or do you prefer straight / angular walls? 3. From what material would you like the walls to be constructed? (i.e. pressure treated wood, natural stone and mortar, poured in place concrete, structural concrete masonry blocks, brick and mortar, etc.) 4. Do you have any drainage problems, easements, or concerns that we should take into consideration when the walls are being designed? 5. How high would you like the proposed wall(s) to be preferably? Are you open to accepting our design input should other design opportunities arise? 6. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below

Sports Courts

1. Would you like to have one or more sports type courts planned into your yard? 2. What type of court would you like designed in your yard? (i.e. a basketball court, a tennis court, a racquetball court, a volleyball court, a batting cage, etc.) 3. In what area of your yard would you prefer the court(s) to be located? (i.e. a basketball court in the back left side of our back yard 10’ – 15’ away from our house when viewing from the street, etc.) 4. Do you have a need for a less defined “court area” such as an expanded driveway which could accommodate a neighborhood basketball game or a tennis hitting backboard, etc.? 5. Would you like to have areas in your yard able to accommodate lawn games such as sand volleyball or Horseshoes, etc.? 6. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.

Swimming Pools

1. Do you currently have an existing pool? If so, would you like to have any aspect of it redesigned? 2. If you do not have an existing pool, would general size would you like us to design one for you? (i.e. approximately 20’ x 40’ actual pool size) 3. What type of pool design do you prefer? (i.e. rectangular, free-form curvilinear design, typical kidney bean shaped, etc.) 4. Do you prefer an in-ground or an above ground pool? 5. Are there any elements you would like to have incorporated into the pool design? (i.e. a hot tub, a waterfall, a slide, a diving board, a lap lane for swimming laps, “martini” benches built into the sides, etc.) 6. Are there any elements in your yard that would impact the location of your pool design? (i.e. a septic tank or septic tank drain field, large trees with extensive root systems, a drainage easement, etc.) 7. Do you plan on entertaining often around your pool such that larger pool deck areas might be needed to accommodate additional tables and chairs? If so, how many tables and lounge chairs would you anticipate needing at the same time? 8. Do you plan on using an automatic pool cover or another feature that might impact the shape of the pool? 9. Please provide us any additional information you might require in the form below.