Ryan Prange, Landscape Designer and Contractor founded Falling Waters Landscape in the spring of 2007, after 7 years of supervising operations at his father’s Landscape Maintenance Company, R.B. Prange Inc. With an extensive background in hand-drawing, multi-media art, and painting - and years of Horticulture study, both in the field and in the classroom - Ryan combined his love for nature and art and began creating gardens.
Falling Waters believes Gardens should be fun, unforced and feel “just right”. With a collaborative approach, encouraging interaction with Clients, Architects, Interior Designers, Engineers and other disciplines, we believe the harmony between Architecture and landscape can be achieved. Not only can it be achieved; it is integral to the health and beauty of our environment.
We work closely with all related fields to provide design and construction solutions, which are sensitive to seasonal and regular maintenance requirements. Equally important is the direct involvement of the Client in the creative process, and recognition of economic constraints as opportunities and determinants of design.
In every project, a sustainable theme is encouraged which becomes part of the design inspiration. To us, sustainability isn’t just a buzz word or design trend. A sustainable landscape is a completed project that meets the needs of our clients, employs practices that capture water run-off, supplies natural shade and cooling elements, respects existing topography and plant materials, and uses materials sourced locally.
We are members of the CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Assoc.) and the APLD (Assoc. of Professional Landscape Designers) both leaders in the Landscape Construction and design industries. We are members of the United States Green Building Council, and Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden Committee.
FLWI has been the recipient of multiple industry awards each year in operation, and has been published in newspapers and magazines such as San Diego Home and Garden and Sunset magazine as well as dozens of online blogs. Ryan Prange is the founding Principal and lead designer at Falling Waters Landscape.
FWLI’s award winning projects range from show gardens to extensive estate properties. Falling Waters operates out of a studio space in coastal Encinitas, CA and offers design services and management services throughout the United States.
1. The initial site meeting: We will meet at the site in question during which we will discuss needs vs. wants, budget, permitting, timeline, etc. Typically, we can then give you an estimate on design fees and answer specific questions about the process. Before this visit we can send a copy of the design contract, rates and references upon request. This first visit is complimentary for our local clients (within SD county). The initial visit usually lasts between 45min – 1 hour.
2. Site analysis/audit: Upon acceptance and signed contract, an extensive site analysis will assess existing conditions. Photos will be taken. All this information will inform an initial conceptual design.
3. Concept Design: The conceptual design phase is the process by which the clients ideas and requests are implemented into the design, some materials are chosen, renderings of key amenities are provided for clarity, and the design begins to take shape
4. Conceptual budget allowances: After acceptance of the concept design, FWLI will proceed to send the design to a select list of Contractors for allowances. These allowances represent loose numbers, and at this time we can make budget-driven changes to the design if necessary. After these changes, the design phase is complete.
5. Permit plans/construction documents: FWLI will prepare plans as needed for the procurement of permits, and/or approval from local Home Owners Associations. This process varies widely and we make every effort to expedite the process. During this phase, FWLI will consult with Contractors and/or outside consultants (irrigation designers, pool designers, structural engineers, etc.) regarding construction methods, finalize materials, provide accurate information for the construction process.
6. Submittals: Either FWLI or the Contractor will pull the necessary permits
7. Construction Administration: The construction administration phase encompasses the whole construction process from demolition to completion. FWLI will be onsite throughout this phase and will provide the following services: