From I-35 take exit number 65 to Cumming/Norwalk, head East on highway G14, we are 2 miles on the North side of the road.
From Highway 28, head West onto North Ave/Highway G14, we are 5 miles on the North side of the road.
2701 Cumming Avenue
Cumming, IA 50061
PO BOX 67
Cumming, IA 50061
Ted Lare Design Build was founded in 1982 and has been the best in the business for forty years. Ted started the business founded on education, experience, and creativity. Forty years later, all of our designers have these same attributes. All of our designers have Bachelor Degrees in Landscape Architecture from Iowa State University, providing a strong foundation of creativity and problem solving skills. This education combines with years of experience to produce excellent designs that bring your dreams to life.
If you are interested in improving the outdoors of your home, we invite you to visit our garden center and outdoor showroom to see what we can do.
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Are you looking to start a project to improve your front or backyard landscaping? You can meet with one of our talented landscape designers for $300 to get the process started. They are experienced, knowledgeable, and fun to work with. If you are looking for a team to handle the design and installation from start to finish, we want to work with you to create the space you have always dreamed about.
Note: We are currently not offering Design Only Services – we are only accepting jobs from clients that want us to complete installation projects.
A $300 consultation fee will be charged for the initial meeting with the client. This fee applies to homes within 35 miles of our office. This will be a one time fee that is paid at the time of the meeting, with no exceptions. During the first meeting the designer will answer any questions you may have about the design process and discuss the scope of your project. If the scope of work is focused in one area, this fee will cover the design fee for the project. If you want to address multiple areas around the house, there will be additional design fees, at a rate of $100 per hour.
Depending on our work load, we may or may not be able to accommodate out of town installations. A minimum of $500 will be charged for the initial consultation located outside of town, defined as more than 35 miles away from our office. This covers the initial visit and design work focused on a specific area of the home. Depending on the scope of work, the cost of the design could be $1000 or more. Your designer can answer any questions about this process prior to scheduling a meeting.
If the design is focused in one area, there will not be any additional fees. If the scope of the project is broad and involves a large portion of the yard or structural elements, design fees will be billed at $100 per hour. During the initial consultation the designer will give you an estimate of hours required to complete the design and the associated cost. Payment is then required up front prior to developing the the plan. A typical 1/2 acre residence will cost $300 – $1000 to develop a detailed design. This cost is dependent on the size of the yard and the level of detail required for the masterplan. Costs will vary accordingly. This amount will be discussed at the initial consultation and agreed upon by the client and designer. Upon the completion of the design, the client may request changes to the plan. If the changes are minor, one revision will be completed with no additional cost. If the changes are extensive, then the same $100 hourly fee applies.
When you decide to move forward with construction or planting, design fees will be credited back to you when billed for the project. For every $1000 you spend with Ted Lare Design Build or Ted Lare Garden Center, within one year of delivery of the plan, $100 will be credited back to you. So, if you spend $600 in design fees, you would have to spend $6000 in the first year to get your $600 credited back to you.
If you end up completing a project with Ted Lare Design Build, future visits are free of charge at the discretion of the designer you are working with.
If a designer needs to visit your home for the estimate, the cost is still $300. If you know exactly what you want, and an estimate can be completed at our design office, we will waive the $300 fee.