The Design Process

While each project and vision is conceptually different, the approach is the same. Through a calculated seven-step process, Amy Belt Landscape Design combines in-depth knowledge in project design, horticulture, landscape construction and renovation of existing landscapes to ensure a stress-free experience from conception to completion.

Click on the Steps below to see drop down menu of the Design Process.

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On this phone call Amy will get to know more about you and your project. You can also get answers to all your questions with this no-obligation call.


Imagine your dream outdoor space...

Timeline: 1.5 hours

What does it look like? How does it feel? Does it inspire you? Prior to diving into any design, we’ll arrange an on-site visit to get a cohesive idea of what you’re looking for and how we can make your ideal outdoor space a reality. The initial consultation is also an opportunity to get to know each other. Landscape design is an art that reflects the client - it should be a good fit for both parties. Design is an intimate reflection of your tastes and lifestyle. To prepare for the initial consultation, you’ll be requested to gather imagery that you connect with to determine the direction to take your outdoor space. If you’re not sure of the direction you’d like to take, Amy will offer a myriad of options. Within two days of your meeting, Amy will send you a landscape design agreement along with a link to pay the deposit fee. 

Project Scope

Estimated Budget

Key Elements

Potential Materials



After the initial agreement is signed and sealed, we’ll take another visit to your home to fully understand the intricacies of your space and gather measurements and photos of the site.

This information is used to footprint a scaled base plan of your house, property lines, and any existing elements to remain in place.

No one needs to be home during this visit, but it can be used as an opportunity to review any questions or notes discussed during the initial consultation.

Site Measurements

Photographs of the Space

Topographical Transitions

Specific Site Information

Additional In-Person Consultation (if requested)


Custom landscape plans

Timeline: 8-12 weeks

The outstanding balance is due at the initial delivery appointment. All detailed plans are delivered through a CAD (computer aided drafting) program on a 1/8" scale. Plans are displayed on a 24x36 blackline paper format, along with a digital .pdf file that you can share with contractors and HOA’s (homeowner’s association). 

3D Computer Rendering: Watch your project come to life. In this video, you’ll see your home recreated and reimagined with a new outdoor living space.

Detailed Landscape Plan: 2D scaled plan of conceptual hardscape elements such as pool, spa, patio cover, fireplace, firepit, barbecue, etc.

Detailed Planting Plan: Visualize your green space with specific photos of each tree and shrub. The planting legend lists all plants by both botanical and common name.

Detailed Low-Voltage Plan: This 2D plan view design provides a low voltage lighting plan that shows fixture type and location.


If key elements need to be removed or added we allow up to two revisions after delivery of the initial plans at no charge.

Timeline: 7 - 14 business day turnaround on each revision step

Consultations for revisions are conducted via screen share software to cross-reference the designs. If the HOA requires specific revisions, there is no charge. 

Up to two revisions

Revisions are done on the 3D Video Rendering first which is sent to the client for review prior to revising the CAD plans


By the end of the design process, you’ll have a complete set of landscape plans that include all the information necessary for a licensed contractor to install your design.

Handing off your scaled plans to licensed contractors to bid from makes it easy to effectively compare their proposals.

We’re more than happy to serve as a reference as your licensed contractor builds out your design. We stay involved to provide assistance with design details, material choices, plant placement, and site observation while periodically visiting the site to ensure everything is going to plan. 

Complete Set of Scaled Landscape Plans

Plans for HOA Submittal and Contractor to Bid and Build From

Recommendations of Licensed Contractors (if needed)


Once your project is completed, we’ll come by for a final on-site meeting to discuss your finished project.

In addition to answering any outstanding questions, we’ll do a walk-through of proper plant care to ensure that your garden and outdoor living space are nurtured to full maturity. 

Any Outstanding Questions

Plant Care

Outdoor Decor Tips


Dream     |     Create     |     Cultivate

Pricing Expectations

Keeping in mind that every space differs, Amy Belt Landscape Design offers project-based pricing, taking into consideration the number of elements to be designed and the size of your lot. Amy offers plans that are tailored to either the renovation of an existing yard or new home construction. After initial consultation and site visit, Amy will send a landscape design agreement along with a link to pay the deposit fee to get your project started.

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