"Make Your Home, Your Vacation Home"

    Our Design Process


    Step 1: Develop A Program

    A program is quite simply a list of ideas, goals and objectives and even a wish list of all of the things you would like to include in your design. When it comes to the program I recommend that you dream and dream big. Now is the time to throw caution to the wind and be creative. It’s always better to include everything in the design and then scale it back or install the project in stages or phases later. My designs and design process provide you with the opportunity and flexibility needed to achieve your goals and objectives while working within your budget.    

    So start tearing out pictures from your favorite landscape and garden magazines, create project folders in Houzz and do some research on Pinterest for inspiration. This way, when you’re ready to create a landscape design, you’ll have all of the information you need to begin the process. One last thing. While you’re gathering information for your plan, make sure to find a copy of your property survey. It’s another important document to have to get things off to a great start.  


    Step 2: Perform A Site Analysis

    The next step in the landscape design process is the site analysis. This is where we analyze your property (the site) to develop an understanding of the lay of the land. A site analysis includes a study of the existing topography, sun angles, features to remain, such as large trees and/or existing structures, water flow, as well as property setbacks or other physical limitations.    

    Properly analyzing a property also requires the designer to recognize and note problem areas, such as standing water or exposure to a busy road, along with unique opportunities, like great views to a wooded area, pond, stream or lake. A good designer will also confirm and location existing underground utilities such as septic fields, seepage pits and wells.  Other utilities, gas, electric and city water are part of the “mark-out” process just before construction begins.  


    Step 3: Create The Dream Design

    Now it's time to take your program (that includes a list of your goals and objectives) and combine it with the information we obtained from our site analysis and create a one of a kind landscape plan that is perfect for you and your family. A plan that can be installed all at once or phased out over time.

    Your dream design can include: 

    • Hardscape elements - patios, walks, walls, driveways, etc. 
    • Planting layout - trees, shrubs, evergreens, perennials, etc. 
    • Outdoor structures - pool houses, sheds, pergolas, fencing, etc.
    • Water features -pools, ponds, fountains, waterfalls, etc.   

    Once the plan is completed you are ready for pricing and the installation.  

    About Us


    Experience Matters

    I have been designing residential landscapes for almost 40 years.  My industry background and experience allows me to create landscape designs that are exciting, creative, practical and affordable.  


    Begin With A Plan

    Regardless of whether you are a homeowner or landscape contractor, every installation should start with a plan.  A landscape plan is the least expensive and most important part of any landscaping project. 


    Get Started Now

    Landscape plans can be created any time of year in as little as 1-3 weeks (depending on the season).  Call or email me with any questions or better yet, let's schedule an appointment this week. We are available days, evenings and Saturdays.

    Download Our Design Proposal

    Download our design proposal and mail it to the address down below along with a copy of your property survey, and a  deposit of 50%.  Once we receive your paperwork we will schedule an appointment to meet at the property and discuss your program (goals and objectives).  Please feel free to call (201 -783-2844) or email ( with any questions you may have.

    If you don't know the size of your property to determine the proper design fee just go to and put in your address.  Zillow will have the the size of your property along with a lot of other information about your home and property, however all we need is the size of the property.

    Ready To Get Started?

    I look forward to working with you - Jody Shilan

    Remember to send

    1. A signed copy of the design propsal
    2. A copy of your property survey
    3. A deposit of 50%

    Jody Shilan Designs

    58 Walnut Dr, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458, United States

    (201) 783-2844


    Monday - Saturday: By appointment

    Sunday: Closed

    Email: Anytime