Client Questionnaire

Purpose

To be respectful of your time and to make the most out of our meetings, please take 10-15 minutes to fill out our client questionnaire so I can get to know your style preferences, lifestyle, and project.

Background Info

Client name(s)  
Project address  
What is your budget for design work?             
What is your budget for your landscape installation?  
What made you decide to work with a designer?    
Have you worked with a landscape designer before?  
What is your biggest concern you have working with a landscape designer or contractor?    
What is your biggest frustration with your landscape?    
What have you tried so far with landscaping that has not worked for you and your family (on this property or others)?    
Do you have any questions when it comes to the landscape design process?    

Your exsisting property

How long do you anticipate being in your current home?
What is the biggest challenge you would like solved with your current landscape?    
What do you like most about the current landscape?    
What parts of your property are you interested in landscaping?    
List any features you wish removed:    
List features you wish to update:    
Consider the areas of you garden that are viewed from the inside of your house. Which are most important to you?    
Are there specific features that you wish to see from certain windows?    
Do you want to screen specific views or sounds with plants or architecture?    
Are there any drainage problems or standing water?    
Do you know your soil type?  
Please check if you have any of the following documents:
Site plan
Survey
Measurements of design areas
Previous designs
CAD file of property
None
Please check which one you have: Septic Sewer
Please check if you have any of the following:
Installed drainage system
Irrigation
Water well
Dry well
Please check if you have any of the following:
Active homeowners association
Known covenants, conditions, & restrictions
Please check if your property has or borders any of the following:
LakeRiver or creek
Wetland
Native growth protected area (NGPA)
Other environmentally sensitive area

The functional environment

How will this garden be used:
Outdoor entertaining
Relaxing outdoors
Sports and recreation
Growing edibles
For children
For pets
Other ________________________________________________________
Design mood. Check all that apply:
Relaxing
Secret/private
Whimsical
Social
Spiritual

softscape: the planted environment

Check each that you would like to achieve with plants:
Provide a low maintenance, drought tolerant landscape
Make a statement
Utilize native plants and or enhance a natural feel
Create privacy/screen neighbors
Reduce wind/noise
Grow edibles
Provide cut flowers
Attract wildlife
Deter wildlife
List any plants you are particularly fond of:    

Are there plants you dislike or are allergic to?  
 
List any wildlife that you are aware of on your property:  
 
List your color preference:    

Check the seasons you will use your gardens:
Spring
Summer
Winter
Fall
Check the times of day you will tend to use the garden most:
Morning
Noon
Mid-afternoon
Early evening
After dark
Lawn:
Lawn is important to my landscape
I can take it or leave it
I dislike lawn

Hardscape: the structual environment

What are your style preferences. Check all that apply:
Asian (strong symbolism, simplistic, use of sand and gravel, stone elements)
English (colorful, naturalistic, mixed borders, perennials, topiary, eclectic)
Contemporary (single specimen plants, clean lines, mass plantings, simple
Natural (Native plant use, pulling in the natural surroundings, natural materials)
Formal (symmetrical hedging, formal lawns, seasonal container plantings, traditional)
Check the type of shapes and styles you prefer:
Curves
Geometric
Natural
Tiered/stepped
Formal
Informal
Rustic
Other________________
Check all that apply to you as possible building materials:
Bluestone
Nature, irregular flagstone
Pavers
Concrete
Loose decorative stone
Wood
Wood composite
Mulch
Gravel
Steel
boulders
Check all utility features you would like to include:
garbage/recycling area
compost area
storage shed
fence
potting shed
firewood storage
pet area
irrigation system
outdoor lighting
rainwater collection
outdoor shower
other__________________________________________
Check all the features you currently have and would like to keep:
deck
patio
paths
steps
seating
pots
trellis
barbeque or kitchen area
playground
pool
planters
arbor
pergola
sports court
hot tub
gazebo
retaining walls
water feature
fence
lighting
fireplace/firepit
rain garden
vegetable garden/edibles
garden art
What features you would like added to your landscaping:

If you have any inspiration boards (i.e. Pinterest, Houzz) list them here or copy and paste links:      

installation

What is your timeline for completing this project, both the design and the landscape installation?
 How do you intend to have the landscape installed? (i.e. by yourself or a professional)  
Will you employ a landscape maintenance service after installation?  
Approximately how much time are you willing to spend on maintenance each week?
Less than an hour
1-3 hours
3-5 hours
5+ hours
Healthy soil is vital to the growth and health of your plants. Are you willing to allow for soil amendments in your budget?  
Do you currently use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides?  
What will your form of watering be after installation?
Hand watering
Soaker hoses
Manual sprinklers
Irrigation system
Iโ€™m not sure

lifestyle

Hobbies, interests & activities:
Arts & crafts
Astrology
Astronomy
Biking
Bird watching
Boating
Camping/hiking
Car enthusiast
Cooking
Entertaining
Feng shui
Fine art
Gardening
Health and physical fitness
Hunting & fishing
Meditation
Music
Outdoor lawn games
Photography
Reading
Spirituality/ religion
Spending time with family/children
Sports
Traveling/vacationing
TV & movies
Yoga
Wine tasting
Woodworking
Writing Other ________________________________________________________
How many family members live at home?  
How many and what type of pets will be using the landscape?  
Are there any other concerns, comments, or things that you can tell us that would help us understand your needs and desires for your landscape?              
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