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Our Process

Information Gathering

During the initial landscape design consultation, we discuss all of the wants and needs you have for your space, how you hope to use it and which styles you prefer. This conversation, along with information provided via our Landscape Design Questionnaire, provides the framework needed to begin designing your initial concept plan.

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Initial Concept Review

Based on the information gathered in Step 1, you will be presented with an initial concept plan. In the Concept Plan, the general layout of the space begins to be revealed, and we will discuss and explore options for details such as materials and/or specific plantings.

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Finalization & Documentation

Once we have reviewed the Concept Plan and are agreed on the basic direction of the design, additional detail will be added and we will move into the finalization stage. In Step 3 we will review the final design, and make final material selections. I can assist in contractor selection by referring you to installers within a trusted network of service providers. One final revision is included in the initial design fee.

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Project Observation

As your landscape design team, we have an intimate understanding of the spirit and intricacies of your custom design. as an additional service, we will communicate and coordinate with contractors to ensure project quality and integrity. From interpreting construction documents to confirming material or plant selections, let us help ensure the end result meets the expectations of the original design intent.

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Post Construction Follow Up

Landscapes are ever evolving, ever changing. Good landscape design needs to account for that. As your project grows and thrives, we’ll schedule follow up visits to monitor how your landscape is maturing and address any other challenges.

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Embrace Your Environment

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space for your life

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MEET THE DESIGNER

Few roles are as rewarding as strengthening the connection between people and place using the universal languages of landscape and art. As a student of Landscape Architecture my goal was learning how to integrate the natural world with the realities and needs of a modern society. For nearly a decade I’ve studied and educated others on the benefits of an integrated, environmentally appropriate landscape on every scale, and each of my landscape designs is infused with that passion. My favorite part of working with clients is introducing and educating new Tucsonans about the beauty of their new desert home, which is so often wildly different than what they are used to!

Ready to work with us? Click the button below to fill out our Design Questionnaire!

OUR PARTNERS

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Association of Professional Landscape Designers

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Quality Pottery

Omni Pools Builders & Design

Omni Pools Builders & Design

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Sun Lighting

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

Dawna has a natural eye for design. With her vast breath of knowledge and years of experience, Dawna redefines the meaning of creativity by bringing comfort and class into any outdoor area. More importantly, Dawna is dependable and professional. We really enjoyed working with Dawna on our back yard project. She listened intently to all of our requests and worked patiently with our indecisiveness. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Dawna to anyone!

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Mariel R., Marana

Dawna was terrific. We live out of town, but were re-doing our 2nd home in Tucson. She was so easy to work with, and always went the extra mile. She sent pictures, went shopping for us, did great plans, and even supervised the installation. We would highly recommend her for any landscaping job. When we arrived at our house after the work was completed, it looked fantastic. It was a wonderful experience and we are delighted we chose to work with Illume and Dawna.

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Larry H., Oro Valley

Dawna's love of the outdoors is evident in her designs. She goes the extra mile for her clients and creates work that blends man-made with nature-made so seamlessly. I've had the pleasure of seeing several of her designs come to fruition and am always astounded by her work.

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Amber F., Phoenix

My landscape construction company just finished a large project in Oro Valley that Dawna designed. Dawna is a great landscape designer. There were a lot of moving parts on this job and I was very impressed with how organized she was every step of the way. Not only is she a very talented designer, she is also a very thoughtful person and a joy to work with. I can’t say enough about Dawna and I look forward to working with her on our other upcoming projects.

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gemmint100

Dawna is great at what she does. She has an amazing way of taking an idea and making it a reality. I have worked on a couple of projects with her and I know that everything must be perfect to size and top quality. I enjoy working with her and hope our relationship lasts a long time.

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ajmedina3

We hired Dawna to update our landscaping and pool area, and we ended up with an outdoor haven that we'll treasure the rest of our lives. Dawna is an exceptional listener and she is highly skilled at transforming what we thought we wanted into something that is well beyond what we could imagine. Dawna was there for us every step of the way, and her professionalism and talent together makes her an excellent choice for us, for anyone looking to update or build. Dawna was fantastic about giving us myriad options and the pictures to support what each would look like. She found materials and fixtures for us that match our style exactly. If you're looking for a partner with an outdoor update, I highly recommend you contact Dawna -- you won't be sorry.

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