Kate Martin Design

Kate Martin Design

Best of 2022
1 employee

About this pro

Whether you need a little coaching, complete project services, or something in between, I welcome the opportunity to work with you.

You’ll find that my fees, whether hourly or fixed-fee, are competitive for a designer with 25 years of experience and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture. The process we'll work through together is sensible, efficient, creative and enjoyable. I’ve been rated “Best of Houzz” for excellent service four times. That rating is based on my clients’ reviews of my work.

Let’s get the conversation started with a House Call which you can book at a time that is convenient for you on either a weekday or a weekend. I charge a flat rate of $250 for a House Call. Please allow 2 hours for that meeting. We can exchange ideas about your project, get to know each other and identify next steps to move forward. 

It's best to schedule that House Call when all of the project deciders can be there. Just give me a call or shoot me an email and we'll get something on the calendar.

I'll look forward to hearing from you.
-Kate Martin 206-579-3703



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Seattle, WA 98117
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What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

We start with a House Call. It's a 2 hour meeting to exchange ideas about your project, get to know each other and identify next steps. It costs $250 and can be booked on a weekday or weekend.

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

I have a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree and nearly 30 years of design experience "on both sides of the door". I work on both landscape and floor plan projects.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your services? If so, please share the details here.

My hourly rate is $100. I also offer fixed fee services. I do not charge for travel.

How did you get started in this business?

I was interested in construction, plants, and design.

What types of customers have you worked with?

I do mostly residential design work and most of that work is design for the remodeling of homes and gardens.  After the House Call, we usually proceed with a fixed-fee Feasibility Study so that we can scope the project program and develop a preliminary diagram with accompanying cost projections so that couples can get on the same page before launching into a more expensive step of the process.

Describe a recent project you are fond of.

Recently, I worked on a Feasibility Study for the remodel of a landscape on Mercer Island. The house is a Miller Hull designed home from the early 90s that has a stream running between the house and the garage. 

What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a pro in your area of expertise?

I would suggest understanding the difference between a contractor, a design/build company and a designer. Contractors build, Design/Build companies design in order to then build the project and designers design, but don't build. Designers can be hired to coordinate the construction and see your project through to the end as your representative.

What questions should customers think through before talking to pros about their needs?

I spend a lot of my time doing low cost Feasibility Studies so that couples can agree on the program, the layout and the budget before getting involved in the more expensive processes of design development, permitting and construction.

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