The Atrium Landscaping Design Process

The five steps of the design process include:

1) Conducting a site inventory and analysis

The process begins with a site inventory and analysis of soil, drainage, climate conditions, and existing vegetation. This is a critical step for both plant selection and placement and locating family activities and functions.

2) Determining your needs

The next step is to make a list of your needs and desires—this helps you determine how your yard and landscape will be used.

3) Creating functional diagrams

The site and user analyses will also help you establish a theme for the form and style of your design.

4) Developing conceptual design plans

The functional diagram is then used to locate the activity spaces on the site and from this diagram a conceptual plan is developed.

5) Drawing a final design plan

The last step is a final design that includes all the hardscape and planting details that are necessary for installation.

Throughout the design process, we consider 10 important things:

  1. Understand your site for plant selection and activity location
  2. Remember the user by considering what you want and need
  3. Use a form and/or style theme to help determine shapes and organize spaces
  4. Create and link spaces by designating activity areas and linking with elements
  5. Consider the function of plants for both the environment and the user
  6. Structure the plantings by using massing and layering techniques
  7. Highlight important points such as transition areas and focal points
  8. Pay attention to detail in the materials, the colors, and the surface textures
  9. Take time into account for the growth and maintenance of plants
  10. Protect your resources by using sustainable design practices

Atrium – Transforming Landscapes, Elevating Life

Your yard is a valuable natural asset that enhances your home’s worth and your quality of life while contributing to a thriving, healthy community. Creating an appealing, functional, and sustainable design involves key concepts. Start by putting your ideas on paper to form a design plan. This process helps you understand your site and needs. Let a theme guide you, drawing inspiration from existing conditions for materials and plants. Design spaces as outdoor rooms for both function and human comfort, favoring human-scale dimensions. Use plants to shape the room’s physical comfort, remembering that they evolve over time. Embrace these changes as a rewarding aspect of your garden. In urban areas, private yards often serve as the last green spaces, so consider your yard’s role in the bigger environmental picture and how you can positively impact your neighborhood.  We will help you every step along your journey.