Design/Build Process

    CST Design Group is a Landscape Architectural firm whose objective is to provide clients with innovative high quality design that evokes a sense of space through sight, sound and motion. We are committed to personal service, collaborative solutions, and design excellence. The design phase of every project varies, and is based upon the unique and individual needs of our clients.

    We offer prospective clients an initial on-site consultation to discuss how we can transform your property into the retreat you have always desired. Fees for each Master Plan are site-specific and will be determined during the initial consultation. Two conceptual Master Plans are presented in conjunction with construction budgets during the preliminary design review to allow our clients to make informed decisions about their project. Completed plans are then finalized for construction.

    Collaboration with participating architects and engineers can also be coordinated to make certain all structural and aesthetic details are realized. To ensure the integrity of the design, on-site consultation can be arranged throughout the construction process.

Hardscaping
    Rationally organized, simply designed and highly specified to facilitate the best use of the space and to provide a clean backdrop for a palette of abundant naturalistic plantings. Materials are selected to complement the existing architecture and local vernacular, to create a sympathetic backdrop for buildings and the plants. A key strength to our designs is the play between formal and informal elements and in the relationship between volumes of architectural space and plantings.

Plantings
    Primarily selected for their suitability to the environment and for their compatibilitiy in forming self-suporting communities. Color, texture, form, foliage and scent are given equal importance in enhancing the sense of place. Plantings are designed to give year round seasonal interest, which is provided by a succession of trees, shrubs, hardy perennials and grasses, bulbs and annuals. Plants are used to help seat buildings into their sites, soften hard landscaping and create garden spaces with distinct moods while always referring to the surrounding environment. Decorative plantings are kept closer to buildings, where ornamental perennials and hardy exotics are used to create a heightened naturalism, while the use of native species towards the boundaries creates sympathetic links to the outer landscape.