How It Works


EIDER's E-Design online design service can make professional design services more affordable.

Getting Started


To get started, please contact us first to let us know who you are and what sort of project you have in mind.  Projects can be anything from a planting recommendation for a certain spot to a whole landscape plan and vision.


What We Need From You


After we connect to discuss your project, we will ask you (the client) to create or gather the materials we will use to begin the design process.  These can include:


  • An Assessor's Map of your property or other property description
  • A base plan for the area in question
  • Photos of the site
  • Your thoughts, concerns and ideas for what you want from your yard
  • Design ideas you've collected (magazine photos, articles, etc.) with notes
  • Other materials that will help us understand your situation and your aspirations


The Best Design Starts With Understanding The Client & The Place


After we have received and reviewed your project information, we arrange a time to talk by phone or, if possible, by Skype.  This initial meeting is usually focused on clarifying your situation and desires to ensure that what we produce for you is best suited to your needs and tastes.  We can discuss the scope of our services and estimated cost to you at this point, also.


The EIDER Design Studio Goes To Work For You


With the information you've sent us and what was discussed in our first meeting, we prepare our first draft design recommendations.  Whether your project is fairly limited or a whole reconception of your yard, the first draft typically consists of basic plans and sketches.  We have found these unrefined, "quick and dirty" exhibits to be effective ways to convey ideas to the client without incurring the expense of elaborate illustrations.


In our experience, the effort we put into understanding our clients, their situations and their goals often shows results in this first draft - some of our past clients have told us that the initial design met or exceeded their hopes for the "final" plan.


Clients interested in "do it yourself" installation and those with fairly limited project areas and objectives have often been happy to call the first draft the final plan.  Clients wishing to hand over plans to a contractor and those wanting more comprehensive plans usually proceed to the next step.


Taking Good Ideas & Making Them Great: Collaborative Design Development


After you have had time to review our design recommendations, we will schedule another time to talk with you about your project.  In this consultation we can discuss the draft designs and how you would like to proceed.  Some examples of what clients might request at this point include:

  • Design revisions based on thoughts you've had in looking at the initial recommendations or other new information
  • Design recommendations for additional areas
  • Recommendations for project phasing and/or infrastructure (such as drainage improvements)
  • Additional construction or plant care suggestions


Finalizing Your Design


Depending on your wishes and how you would like to implement your new design, we can prepare exhibits to suit your needs.  You may want:

  • Beautifully rendered illustrative plans or drawings (to inspire you or show to others)
  • Detailed plans suitable for handing to contractors or landscapers
  • Quick, rough sketches, plans and details to help clients who want to keep the design phase of their do-it-yourself project as affordable as possible.


Whatever your situation, we will be ready to answer questions and help you get your dream built as you proceed with your project.


Send us a note and we can get started.

Information You Can Put Together:


Below are some examples of the kind of things you can put together and send us to begin the design process:

An Assessor's Map is a good starting point.  These maps usually show property dimensions but do not typically show structures.  Assessor's maps are usually included in the Title Report when a property is purchased, and can be obtained from the county in which the property is located.


Images from Google Map, Bing, or other online services can also be helpful.

A base plan for the area can be a fairly simple sketch.  When preparing a base plan, don't forget to label elements of the drawing and include dimensions so we have an idea of how much space you have to work with.
If you need a little help with this step, some tips are available here (Better Homes and Gardens), here (University of Florida Extension Service) and numerous other places on the web.
Photos of your yard are immensely helpful and can be sent with or without notes.  With good photo documentation, we can help you identify opportunities and constraints before beginning the design process.
Photos and drawings from books, magazines or websites with notes indicating what you like (and dislike) about the image are very helpful in crafting a design suited to your situation and your tastes.