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Thank You!…for your inquiry into our design and planning services. Please take a few minutes and read about our design services that are outlined below and will explain the benefits of starting first with a great design!

We are a resource for eliminating remorse that comes from hindsight disappointments for what better planning could have accomplished!

If you desire accurate planning that is connected to the truest meaning for the value in a “price” then you will need a portrait of those requirements in order to evaluate anything tangible.

There is great value in proper planning andfree designs do not offer greater value, as that superficial approach is only intended to be a sales tool of which you may be paying for,…for years to come!

Introduction

This introduction will be referencing several of our website’s linked web-pages below in order to provide you with more detailed information about our planning efforts.

These links will further explain how we focus our efforts at defining your outdoor living environment expectations on your plans.

Each link will be a blue bolded underlined heading of which you can “click” upon, in order to go to the subject specific appended informational.

Design Fee Basis…

Our design fee structure is based upon 2% of our Estimated Retail Construction Value (ERCV) for your project, which leaves you 98% to be invested in it’s construction.

We use your budgetary expectations combined with our multi-generational experience in construction, in order to equate a value for the size and scope of a project.

The design will be according to the terms and conditions stated in our Standard Design Agreement (SDA).

Click HERE to review our SDA (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

Estimated Retail Construction Value

The ERCV will be based upon our historical experience having designed, estimated and constructed outdoor living environments for over three decades. Our initial estimate will be assessed for the value of the work being proposed.

A unitized and quantified estimate will be forthcoming as a result of our design / planning efforts, which will clearly and concisely outline the requirements and establish a framework for soliciting like-minded contenders for the work being proposed.

The Plot Plan…

We will need a copy of this document, which will provide us information referencing several important aspects of your lot i.e. Building Set-Backs, Public Utility Easements, Lot Dimensions, Etc.. These are things that can restrict the space available for building of which we will need to know prior to engaging the design process.

In order to correctly exhibit any proposed development we must familiarize ourselves with any of these restrictions so that the proposed development does not conflict with the officially sanctioned conditional use of the property.

Click HERE to see a sample Plot Plan (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

The Process…

Our approach to planning an outdoor living environment involves a few sequential steps for getting your ideas and our knowledge and experience rolling on the same page!

We start by having you precede with the following;

  • 1st Contact our office at (800) 766-5259 and make arrangement to secure a 50% design retainer.

  • 2nd Email us a legible pdf. or jpg. file copy of you property’s officially recognized Plot Plan or Parcel Map.

  • 3rd Provide us with a rough sketch and or drawing of your initial ideas.

  • 4th Complete our Request for Information (RFI) (See form at bottom of this page and submit)

Design Implementation…

After receiving your fee retainer and requested information, we can proceed with preparing your Preliminary Base Layout (PBL). Depending upon your response time for executing the agreement to proceed with the design and the status of our current work load queue, the PBL will be forwarded to you within (5) five business days for your review.

The Preliminary Base Layout..


Sample P-1 Swimming Pool Plan Descriptions

click on image to enlarge the Pool Design

Sample Swimming Pool Descriptions Plan

The PBL is our attempt at getting your “Concept” in place, which will represent a true dimensional relevance to the space made available.

Scheduling Site Meetings…

We typically attempt to get the correct property information represented on the PBL plan prior to scheduling any site meetings.

This is accomplished by reviewing the property’s recorded Plot Plan information and then exhibiting our preliminary efforts on line with you.

In doing so…we place greater value on a more effective use of time, in directing us at making any revisions that are necessary so that the further efforts on-site will be most fruitful.

In taking these preliminary steps at preparing, we believe it makes a better use of your time and ours, as well as allowing the conceptualization for the placements and dimensional relevance to unfold and evolve more easily on line at your leisure!

The PBL is included in the 2% fee structure but, any subsequent revisions beyond that effort are considered additional.

This is why it is important to make any changes to the “PBL Concept” prior to advancing with the design, as compounding layers (P-2, P-3, P-4, etc…) my be added as the design progresses and changes will involve making modifications / changes to multiple layered sheets, which will involve the investment of additional time that wasn’t originally considered.

The Approved Base Layout…

The ABL is the basis from which all additional design layers evolve. Once acceptance is acknowledged the remaining design elements can be produced from this main layout P-1 Sheet and the corresponding layers may exhibit the individual deeper understanding for the “Permit Ready Requirements“.

What’s required for a Building Permit…?

Not all “P”-Sheets are necessary for acquiring a typical Building Permit, although in some case Owner Builder Assistance may desire the expressions for a deeper understanding in order to become more familiar with the individual trade performer’s responsibilities.

If desired, we can address these extended services as a design addendum as follows;

  • SHEET P-1: Site Plan (This sheet exhibits dimensional layout for improvements Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-2: Pool Plumbing & Electrical (This sheet exhibits Pad to pool’s corresponding numbers of pipes and conduits)

  • SHEET P-3: Title 24 VGBA Pool Codes and Safety Regulations (This sheet exhibits flow calculations, pump curves and drain cover criteria Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-4: Construction Details (This sheet exhibits the assembly and installation procedures for individual components)

  • SHEET P-5: Structural Engineering (This sheet exhibits the steel schedule and erection / fabrication conformity for the structural requirements Required for Permit)

  • SHEET P-6: Equipment Pad Layout (This sheet exhibits the diagrammatic placement of the pool / spa equipment layout on the pad)

Landscape Planning

  • SHEET L-1: Landscape Plantings (This sheet exhibits a symbolize placement of the genes and species of plantings)

  • SHEET L-2: Irrigation System (This sheet exhibits Irrigation System Hydro-zones and related components)

  • SHEET L-3: Drainage Network (This sheet exhibits Drainage System network of pipes, catch basins and french drains)

  • SHEET L-4: Landscape Lighting System (This sheet exhibits Low Voltage Landscape Lighting fixtures and power distribution)

Structural Engineering (beyond ABL)…

The ABL is the basis from which all additional design layers evolve that describe the overall general construction directions.

In some jurisdictions this may require structural engineering to accompany submission of the Plan Set.

This is on an additional fee basis and is quoted separately according to the project’s structural engineering requirement specifics. Click HERE to review more information about engineering.

In order to fulfill such prerequisites that may be mandated, we offer assistance in obtaining these remaining design elements that correspond to this additional design layer as follows;

  • SHEET P-5: Structural Engineering (Site Specific or Boiler Plate as quoted separately)

Additional services (beyond ABL)…

Base upon the completed ABL, we can provide you with additional information that is not required for gaining a Building Permit but, can provide you with a deeper understanding for how a 1st Class installation is intended to be constructed, should this information be of value?

This is on an additional fee basis and is quoted separately according to the project’s equipment and automation sophistication specifics.

  • SHEET P-4: Construction Details (Component specific, ordered separately by clicking HERE) (use your Browser’s back arrow to return to this page).

The Final Plan…

The Final Plan (FP) will be acknowledged as completed upon viewing the ABL. Upon receiving the ABL and confirming acceptance the remaining 50% retainer and any additional 2% value for the ERCV assessments will be paid in full.

Payment will authenticate your acceptance and be considered for the purpose of the design agreement, an authorization to proceed with finalizing the plans. See Permit Submission Services for an extension of our services that are offered.

The Completed Plan…

The complete set of documents will be made available on a limited “project specific pdf.file. reproduction licensing agreement. If additional printed copies and or permit submission assistance is required please refer to our SDA.

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Our 2% design fee is based upon our "Bronze" level of response time. If your project requires a faster turnaround time-frame, then an increase fee schedule will involve the following incremental increases; (2.50% = Silver 3.00% = Gold 3.50% = Platinum).
When completed...please provide us with a property "Plot Plan" that shows the officially recognized property line dimensions. It is important to indicate the location of the service utilities (Gas, Electric, Water, Telephone / Cable, Sewer, etc..) Additionally, site photos are most helpful. These can be in jpg or pdf format. EMAIL TO: mike@epoolscapes.com Thank You, Michael Chaffee

For further “Permit Submission Assistance” information click HERE