What should I expect the design process to look like?  First, we meet on the job site to discuss your ideas, style, budget, and a timeline/phasing for the implementation of the project (one hour consultation). Then, we gather all documents necessary (site plan, survey, inspiration photos) to produce a preliminary sketch to convey how the overall design will flow. Once we have decided on the overall layout, we move forward to the final plan which will include specific colors/style of pavers and other hardscape, names and sizes of plants, square footage of new patios/decks, etc. We adjust the plan until it's just right, then  bid out the project to three companies to find the best fit to install your plan. Once we settle on the right contractor and work out the details, the design team will observe construction while the plan is being installed to insure it all goes according to your design vision.

How long does the design process take? The design process can be as little as a few weeks up to a few months, depending on the project and its complexity.

I don’t know any contractors. Can you help me find one to install my design?  As designers, we are your advocate, and work for you and what's best for your job. We do not receive any compensation from contractors in exchange for our recommendations.  We can refer landscape contractors and other sub contractors based on our own experiences; however, we are not responsible for their work.

Will you be on the job site for the entire installation? If you choose a package with Observation of Construction included, we will be on the job site for key points of the installation, but not for every part of the install.  Your installation crew is hired separately from our design contract and, while we can make suggestions and guide the process,  it is ultimately the homeowners responsibility to resolve any issues directly with the contractor.




I’d like to submit my house for an episode of Simple.Honest.Design.  Where do I apply?   We cast for seasons of Simple.Honest.Design during the months of December and January. If you have a design dilemma that you want to share with the world, a budget to work with, and a great personality for camera, please submit your photos and information to . We can't wait to see what you've got for us!




Would you speak at our event?  Catherine speaks to a varied audience including garden clubs, festivals, and more.  Popular subjects include practical ways to design on a budget, curb appeal, and design process.  Please email us at to discuss availability and accommodations for your event.