It all starts with a vision


A lot folks when starting a new landscape project don't know where to start. It's no problem, that's what we're here for! We take on your projects big & small, but to truly get the most out of your investment, the work starts with the property owner first.

Things to think about your space

What do I want use the space for?

Do you plan on entertaining large family & friend gatherings, or do you see yourself relaxing at the end of the day around a firepit?

What's my budget?

Come up with a range that you'd be comfortable spending. Our designer will use this to help create the best space within your parameters. If you aren't sure of a budget our designer will help you create one!

What landscapes do I like the look of?

Finding examples of landscapes and properties that you like the aesthetic of helps our designer to hone in on what style you're going to love in your yard!



You don't have to have these questions 100% figured out, but its very helpful for our designer when beginning to create your new space. After this, a site analysis & client appointment are scheduled to take measurements, and understand what your wants & needs are, so we can best utilize the existing space to fit the vision you imagine!

We'll ask you questions like

What colors are you most attracted to?

This helps us recommend better choices in materials such as stone & pavers, and tailor any gardens to your specific tastes.

Do you plan on having outdoor furniture in the space?

What you want to place in your new space will help us to envision a space around these pieces to create the proper atmosphere you're going for!

What features are you thinking of?

You have lots of options as to what to bring into your yard! Features such as pergolas, fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, and water features will all go into the big picture. These are just a few options, check out our construction page to see them all!



Our job is to be thorough, so this will help us create the vision for your landscape. From there, we'll go to the drawing board. An initial 3D concept NOT TO SCALE is created to let you visualize what we'll build. We'll work on it together and create as many drafts as takes to get the design you love! Once design is approved, we proposal and plans for the project. If all is approved, we create a 2D schematic drawn up for crews, and you're on the schedule. Sit back, relax, and watch the magic happen!

Want to get in touch with our Designer? Contact us today!

Design FAQ's

Do I need a design for my project?

Yes, most projects require a design in order to create the vision for the clients and allow our staff to accurately price your project. Typically, projects over $2,000.00 will require a design.

How long does the design process take?

The design & approval process can take anywhere from a few weeks, to months depending upon existing site conditions, local, state, & federal regulations, client wants & needs, etc. We do our best to deliver a thorough plan & design to our clients in a timely manner.

Is there a charge for a design?

Yes, there is a charge in order for us to produce a complete design for your project. This covers a site analysis, a computer-rendered design, the entirety of the design process, and any time spent outside meeting with government officials or other contractors. Designs are usually in the range of $200.00.

When is the best time to start my project?

There's never a better time than the present to get started on your next project! Our designer will work with you throughout the year, even in winter, to begin planning & designing.

That said, please keep in mind that Spring & Early Summer can get quite busy, so we encourage you to begin the design process as early as possible!

Do you provide design-only services?

Valley Outdoor Design does not separate design & installation services in our service range. We can, however, design for those across the country and recommend a contractor with our extensive network. Please contact us if you fall in this category so we can work with you!

What size projects do you take-on?

We've helped those with projects ranging from simple plantings to large residential projects exceeding $100,000. Our staff is here to help everyone with their yard!