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Do you have a landscape design or installation project in mind for your home?

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If you are interested in improving the outdoors of your home, we invite you to visit our design office.

We are closed for the winter season. We will be open the following weekends this winter: January 24th to 26th and February 7th to 9th. We will reopen officially in the spring on March 23rd.

Store Address:

2701 Cumming Avenue
Cumming, IA 50061

Mailing Address:

Cumming, IA 50061


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.

The Design Build Process
and Associated Fees

Why Should You Choose Ted Lare Design Build?

Ted Lare Design Build was founded in 1982 and has been the best in the business for thirty-five years. Ted started the business founded on education, experience, and creativity. Thirty 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 design office or call (515) 981-1073. We may also be reached on the web at tedsgardens.com or by e-mail at [email protected]

The Initial Visit & Design Consultation

A $100 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.

Out of Town Work & Design Fees

A minimum of $500 will be charged for design work 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. For larger projects and masterplans, this fee could be $1000 or more. Your designer can aswer any questions about this process prior to scheduling a meeting.

Completing the Design

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, 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 upon delivery of 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.

Planting & Construction

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 $300 in design fees, you would have to spend $3000 in the first year to get your $300 credited back to you.

Design Process FAQs

Q: If I am only looking for ideas and do not need a plan, do I still have to pay the $100 consultation fee?
A: Yes, if you want a designer to visit your home and talk about ideas, the cost is $100.

Q: Do I have to pay $100 every time a designer comes to my home?
A: 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.

Q: Are fees different if I want to complete the installation of the project myself?
A: The initial fees are the same, regardless of the outcome of the project. If you buy materials from Ted Lare Garden Center, you may receive $100 back for every $1000 you spend in the first year after receiving the plan. Please save invoices and receipts in order to get credit back for design fees.

Q: If I only need an estimate for work to be done at my home, does it still cost $100?
A: If a designer needs to visit your home for the estimate, the cost is still $100. If you know exactly what you want, and an estimate can be completed at our design office, we will waive the $100 fee.

Q: What if I just want a sketch drawn at my home with an estimate?
A: If you are only looking to address a small area, and a sketch is adequate for your needs, we may accomplish this on site at your home. This will be included in the $100 fee.

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