Landscape Design

Imagination at work

We approach each and every project with open ears and open minds. It is only then that we can begin to imagine an outdoor space that will be uniquely yours.  We can then, through our collective experience, knowledge and diverse set of skills  begin to transform imagination into reality.

A Collaborative Approach

From design concept through project completion, and from design charrettes to technical consulting with in-house irrigation and construction experts, our collaborative approach provides added expertise and value to each and every project, at every step of the process.

From grand ideas to the detailed selection of each important component of the plan, we welcome and encourage your collaborative input throughout the process to ensure the final result is indeed uniquely yours.

Steps towards a successful design

The steps you can expect to go through as we transform imagination into a realistic plan.

After contacting Native Edge Landscapes for the first time, our team evaluates your project and returns your call or email within three business days. Fit is important to us. Due to high demand, we cannot accommodate every request we receive. We carefully assess every inquiry, and will let you know whether we can take on your project or if we have to decline due to factors like scope, budget or location.

We carefully assess every inquiry. If your project is within our service area and scope of services one of our design professionals will reach out to schedule an initial phone conversation to learn more and answer any questions you have.

If there’s a good fit between us, we’ll schedule a visit to your property. At this first meeting, we’ll discuss your vision, goals and budget. Your design team will also listen to your ideas and help you create a wish list for your project. An overview of budget and pricing for different landscape elements will be explained to ensure we’re all on the same page.

Based on your feedback and the scope of work needed, you’ll be presented with a Proposal for Design Services that will summarize design goals, fees and deliverables.  Design fees typically amount to 2–4% of the total project cost.  Once a design contract has been signed, and a deposit paid, the design phase begins.

We visit your property to gather detailed measurements, grades, and house elevations. We’ll also take more photos. We use this information to create a complete scaled base plan for your site.

We’ll determine if any by-laws, zoning, lot coverage, offsets, or conservation will affect your project. This information will also aid our designers.

You’ll be presented with a 2D concept plan along with an estimated budget for the build cost. We want to hear your thoughts about the concepts and any changes you may have.

Based on feedback from the concept presentation we will develop the plan to a much more detailed plan that will call out specific material choices, elevations, construction details etc. The high level of detail will ensure that you, your design team, and your install team are all on the same page as we refine the design, scope of work, and project budget  Depending on the nature of the project, a 3D digital model may also be included in this phase.

When you’re ready to approve the design, Native Edge prepares an itemized final construction estimate with a detailed scope of work.


“We have worked with Native Edge on a variety of projects over the past five years at our home in north Boulder.  From peace of mind for problems solved, to enjoyment of the beautiful landscape that surrounds our home, we experience the success of those projects on a daily basis.  It has been an additional plus for us to work with Native Edge for our ongoing landscape maintenance and irrigation needs where we benefit from their intimate knowledge of our landscape and irrigation systems.” 

Joanne and Jim

“Native Edge did a terrific job for us!  We were impressed by their professionalism, knowledge,and timeliness. We also appreciated the amazing landscape designs, as well as the courtesy of everyone working on the projects at the house. Five stars!”  

The Marcil Family

“We were happy all the way from design through construction.  They prepared great design concepts and were very responsive to the client’s comments and requests.  They were also very helpful in preparing cost alternatives of various concepts.  When it came to construction, I was just as pleased.  The crew who set the very large boulders did so with great skill.  The dry stack walls also turned out very well.  And the landscape install also was done with great execution.   And finally, I know that the clients are looking forward to working with Native Edge in an on-going basis for landscape management. Great Job and I look forward to working with you all again……!”

Stephen Sparn | Sopher Sparn Architects LLC