Integrating Design and Construction

A positive experience from start to finish

We are committed to providing excellence in design, construction, and customer service. We work hard to communicate with you throughout the design-build process, so you know exactly what to expect.

Initial Meeting

Your designer will meet with you to discuss your landscaping project, and answer your questions about our design-build process, warranty, and qualifications. There is a design fee to proceed with the next step: design and preliminary budget.

Design and Preliminary Budget

The purpose of this phase is to clearly define the overall scope, direction, and parameters of the project. After measuring the property, your designer will produce a landscape design showing the elements of your landscape. Your designer will also provide a reasonable estimate of what it will take to build your landscape, general information about construction methods, and some early suggestions for plants and materials.

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Planning and Specifications

Once you and your designer have agreed on a preliminary budget and design – it’s time to focus on the details of your project: refining the layout, plant selection, choosing materials for hardscapes, soil testing (if necessary), inventory and analysis of existing plants, and coordinating bids from subcontractors.

During this phase, you will rely on Southview for our construction and budgeting expertise. Many questions will be asked and answered, new ideas will surface, and early ones might be scratched. In the end, you will have a detailed landscape plan, timeline, and line-item budget.

Contract and Scheduling

You can decide at any time to sign a contract for construction. Projects are scheduled in order, based on the time we receive a signed contract and payments.

Fantastic from start to finish. Loved the entire crew. They worked incredibly hard. We couldn't be happier. Thank you again for the wonderful service, design, and project completed. Noelle & Jeff Surratt


Many projects can be built in just a couple of days. More complex projects may take a number of weeks, depending on the size of the project. Sometimes projects are delayed due to inclement weather, but we do our best to keep you informed and minimize surprises.

Final Walkthrough

On the day of completion, your Southview project manager or designer will take you on a guided tour of your landscape and provide information about how you should care for newly planted trees, plants, and turf.


Or work is backed by an industry-leading warranty on hardscaping and plant materials. For details, visit our website, or ask your designer.

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Our crews will never abandon someone else’s project to start yours and will never disappear from your project to go work on another.

Design | Plan | Build | Enjoy

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