Begin with the End in Mind
Yogi Berra famously said that “If you don't know where you're going, you'll end up somewhere else.” When it comes to your yard—be it big or small, intended for curb appeal or for extended living space—you'll want a clear picture of what you're after before you get started.
As we walk the area or areas in question, I can ask some important questions to narrow down the focus and clarify what the possibilities might be for best area usage and drought tolerance: hardscape (patio areas, walls, walkways, play areas), landscape (plants, ground cover, percolation or drainage areas like dry creek beds), or buildings (storage, etc). We'll look at pictures of recommended plants and garden materials (cobbles, crushed granite, top-dressing). Then I'll produce a rough sketch and a plants/materials list based on what's been determined to guide you through your installation.
Usual time: about an hour (could be more for larger yards)