Established in 2007 and located in Solana Beach, CA Falling Waters Landscape is a 21-person landscape design and construction firm specializing in residential landscape design, construction and fine garden maintenance. We believe that harmony between Architecture and landscape can be achieved no matter what the style may be. We believe this harmony is integral to the health and beauty of our environment. We believe in simple, honest materials and uncluttered plant palettes. We believe that sustainability is a balancing act with practicality. We believe in taking care of our employees first, then our clients, then ourselves. We believe in quality workmanship, attention to detail, staying curious, creating relationships... and making people and plants happy. We are FWLI
We are members of the CLCA (California Landscape Contractors Assoc.) ASLA (American Society of Landscape Architects) both leaders in the Landscape Construction and design industries. We are members of the USGBC (United States Green Building Council), and Surf-rider’s Ocean Friendly Garden program. From our offices in coastal Solana Beach, CA we offer our full services to our local clients in San Diego and select services in Orange County.
For those located outside Southern California please email for more information on services provided.
Ryan Prange holds an Assoc. Degree in Landscape Architecture . He began in the industry at an early age working for his Father’s landscape maintenance company. Building from over a decade of experience at R.B. Prange Inc. landscape management, Prange decided to establish his own practice in 2007, and began designing and building landscapes.
Prange, and his associates have spearheaded over 160 projects, ranging anywhere from small garden designs to multi-acre estates. FWLI has been the recipient of multiple industry awards each year in operation, and has been widely published in newspapers and magazines such as San Diego Home and Garden, Riviera, Luxe, Garden Design, and Sunset Magazine.
Because every project is unique, our approach varies depending on several factors including: location, budget, client involvement, City/HOA requirements, etc. the following is our general process and will help to clarify how we work. For your specific project the approach may change.
We are a design + build Landscape Company. That means we build what we design for you. Beyond standard landscape design, we can prepare detailed renderings, 3D concepts, and also offer “one time” on-site consultations for those interested in ideas only (please inquire for more details). Construction plans and permit drawings can be prepared as part of the Construction agreement. Please inquire via email for current rates and additional services offered
Landscape Maintenance services are offered to our clients based on geographic location.
It is important for us to be right fit for a project. We ask that our clients fill out and return a Landscape Design Questionnaire so we can understand more about you, the project, and determine if FWLI is the best fit. Sometimes we are not. If that is the case we will be happy to refer you to another landscape professional who may be better suited to your project.
1. After receipt of the questionnaire we schedule The initial site meeting: We will meet at the site in question during which we will discuss needs vs. wants, budget, permitting, timeline, etc. 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 coastal SD county). The initial visit usually lasts between 45min – 1 hour.
2. Site analysis/audit: Upon acceptance and a signed design 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 provide allowances for all aspects of the project. At this time we can make budget-driven changes to the design if necessary. After these changes, the concept design phase is complete. During this phase, FWLI will finalize construction methods, materials, provide accurate information for the construction process and provide a timeline for the project.
5. Construction Contract: With materials and design approved, a construction contract is prepared and signed.
6. Permit plans/construction contract and documents: As a condition of a signed construction contract, FWLI will prepare plans as needed if permits, and/or approval from local Home Owners Associations is required. This process varies widely and we make every effort to expedite the process and keep costs to a minimum.
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:
- Payment schedule and revised time-line if needed
- Pre-demolition site meetings to ensure protection of existing buildings and/or site elements
- Regular site visits to ensure design integrity and provide quality control, and to answer all questions.
- Respond to variables in the site that affect the design as well as provide clarity on details.
8. Completion and maintenance requirements: FWLI will continue to monitor the general maintenance of the site for 60-90 days after construction completion. After which we will make the transition to our Maintenance division (R.B.Prange Inc.) or to a maintenance professional of the client's choosing.