Because you, your budget and property are unique, Mozaic Landscapes offers a spectrum of design services with a unique "modules" approach . Design modules are a packaged set of services that can be individually combined per your needs, providing you with a customized program. An extensive initial assessment with the designer guides you in in what services are recommended for your project.
On-site consultations provide immediate guidance for when you need information now. Ideal for when you need a fresh perspective, feedback on design ideas, or if you have a problem in need of fixing, a consultation helps get you unstuck and on to your next step. In the end, a copy of notes with recommendations, sketches, and any appropriate handouts are provided. Ideally suited for discussing design ideas, finding options for plant/tree replacement, tips for enhancing curb appeal, plant/pest i.d., or getting a second opinion on another design. If you decide to continue on with a design module, a $100 discount is given. A two-hour minimum per session.
Design Modules On-site Design Drawings
Design modules are a packaged set of services culminating in a specific drawing or report. They are unique in that the work is done on-site, and with your participation. Best suited for projects $100K, available modules include: concept design, details and materials, planting design, and lighting design. Modules generally address a need for landscape plans on paper, allowing you to participate in an efficient and economical process. We start with an extensive client profile, site photos, on-line idea books, and a 1hr telephone assessment that allows the designer to arrive ready to design with you. A site plan of your property will be needed- if you don't have one, guidance in drawing your own is offered, or arrangements can be made to one done. You and your designer pick and choose the modules that fit your needs and budget for your landscape, each with no obligation to buy anything else.
Full Service In-studio Design Plans
Full service in-studio design addresses the needs of larger projects and those requiring a full set of cad plans needed for bid or submittal. Best suited for projects over $100K and those who desire the quality time, consideration and research needed for a high end result. A no-obligation on-site meeting is scheduled to meet with you and review your and your project requirements.
Project Design Management
Project design management is for those seeking magazine quality results, and guidance during the installation process. the designer oversees design implementation and communicates regularly with client, contractor and installers from beginning to end, for smooth translation from paper to field. On-site guidance allows the designer to add and adjust design details to field realities. On-call and ready to check chalk layouts, view sheds from the house, answer frequent questions, hand-select materials, plants, furniture, pots, choose colors and more - you have an advocate for your design, and your time and attention overseeing and worrying about details is eased.
hourly and project rates available
Irrigation Audit and System Evaluation
Wanting to save water in response to the drought? Wondering how much water your landscape irrigation uses and how much it costs? Do you know your irrigation system is wasting water but not sure how to fix it? Or maybe you've had your irrigation system fixed, but it's still not right? Then this service is ideal for you. You are sent an initial profile to fill out for background information and send in. As a certified irrigation auditor, I come on-site (approx 2hrs) thoroughly check and run your system, check controller, water meter, valves, measure pressure and flow, identify equipment, troubleshoot malfunctions, check for presence of leaks, quantify water use, costs, check efficiency, and more. Nozzle spray and minor adjustments, as well as year-round scheduling is included. As a designer, I also make recommendations for changes in design or plant selection that can improve your landscape's water efficiency. You'll receive a full comprehensive report to give to a contractor or use the information for your own DIY project.
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Rosemary Chang, Sunol, CA
We love your designs!!
C. DeLara, San Carlos, CA
We love Mozaic Landscapes! I won't use anyone else besides Cynthia!
B. & E. Holmes, Menlo Park
Working with Cynthia Tanyan of Mozaic Landscapes was the highlight of our home building experience! Cynthia's extremely knowledgeable and made excellent recommendations to expand our original concept. Working quickly and within budget, she transformed our empty lot into an incredibly charming setting, beautifully complimenting our new home. Our garden has color, interest and beautiful views year round and is a constant source of admiration from passersby.
Palo Alto, CA
After spending a few thousand dollars on landscaping on my own, and still not being happy, I called Mozaic Landscapes for a consultation. Cynthia gave me amazing ideas that made my property really look professionally done. Now people driving down the street stop me to say how beautiful the landscaping is!
K. Rudolph, Los Altos, CA
Cynthia was incredible to work with. She is so intuitive about people. Our garden is completely unique and really reflects our culture and values. We couldn't have done it without Cynthia and her crew. Over the years the garden has become even more interesting and comfortable. I love sharing it with guests because I think that it truly expresses who we are.
S. Levin, Fremont, CA
Ms Tanyan's design skills produced the most wonderful second living room in our backyard. Working around the constraints of a small space, limited budget and a large dog, she created a beautiful outdoor living area that provides amenities for all. Visitors rave about the appearance and we love the easy care plantings. My husband and I have recommended Mozaic Landscapes to everyone.
D. Quinlan, Los Gatos
I hired Mozaic Landscapes to help me completely renovate and re-make our pool and yard into an oasis of tranquility and beauty. It is a fantastic success. People come, stay and relax. More often than not guests comment on how peaceful the setting is. Ms Tanyan is a delight to work with. Her iterative style allowed us to quickly try things on paper right in our working sessions. I loved not having to wait for a next review cycle. She works from the heart and her designs show it.
K. Phillips, Fremont, CA
It was a pleasure working with Cynthia. She was attentive to our needs and designed our garden based on those. She also was detail oriented and made sure everything was put into place. We now truly enjoy being in our garden. Cynthia did a great job of listening to our initial ideas and generated a design that also fit our budget and limited space. The final design for our backyard was great. We look forward to having her back when we take on the front yard. I would highly recommend Cynthia to anyone that desires a beautiful space they can call their own.
B. Rudolph, Mountain View, CA
As I've gotten older, it had become more difficult for me to get out into the garden. Cynthia designed a lovely space with wide stone walkways, benches and handrails, not only good for people in walkers and wheelchairs but also for small children on tricycles. We all love it. I noticed wherever I sit in different places in the garden, Cynthia planned harmonious and intriguing views. They are like beautiful framed pictures. She even picked out new colors for my house and doors so that everything relates to the garden. Living in California, I think that is the way it should be.
A. Espinosa, Burlingame, CA
We love the final outcome of our transformed backyard. The quality design/plans drove that result, which is why we will recommend Mozaic Landscapes to our friends.
J. Simmons, Los Altos, CA
As a Native American man, I wanted the garden to express my heritage, and we own several large sculptures that needed to be incorporated. Cynthia ability to really listens to her clients, and displayed all beautifully. We have all the elements, water, fire, earth and air. Our garden has truly become a place we live in all year. It refreshes the spirit.
When the site, client, and designer come together in a meeting of hearts and minds, a great design results. We delve into research that reveals the natural intelligence, history and ecosystem to understand the site. Extensive interviews, profiles, images and time spent connecting with clients is a joy and necessary in discovering design options that will truly satisfy. The ultimate design goal is an inspiring, sustainable and beautiful environment, where everyone learns something.
Principal designer Cynthia Tanyan holds a masters in Ecological Design and Certifications as a Greenroof Professional, and Irrigation Auditor. She has been designing residential landscapes throughout the Bay Area and beyond for over 20 years and her award-winning designs (Sunset magazine Dream Gardens and Best in the West) range from multi-acre sites to greenrooms to intimate courtyards. Now accredited in greenroof design, Mozaic Landscapes can assist in your project from beginning to end, coordinating installation, the professionals and materials required for a beautiful result.
Awards & Recognition
Sunset Dream Garden Award, 2011
"Best in the West" Award
Sunset Magazine 1999
"Up on the Roof", Sept 2008
Viva Mexico designs
Meadows by Design
by John Greenlee. Greenroof meadow design featured in this book.
Silicon Valley Magazine
Sunset Outdoor Living, Sunset Publications
Garden Tour Selection
Association of Profession Landscape Designers, Bay Area Designers Tour, 2002 and 2005
Our landscapes have evolved to be an important component of our lives. They are a sanctuary from worldly uncertainty and unrest, our place of connection with family and friends, of socializing and nourishment where food grows and is prepared, a healing rest for eyes weary from computers and t.v.s, a place of play with children and animals. Admist our busy lives, they are often the place where we most relate with the natural world. For many however, the lack of connection and nourishment is tangible.