We design places that are rich and emotional, uplifting and transformative. Our work is based on our understanding of the environment and the needs of people. Our places foster enlivening relationships - between people, the earth, with ourselves - that delight and heal. We apply our skills, knowledge and experience with a light hand but aim for a profound impact.
We can tailor a design package or service to suit your budget and needs. Our call-out initial consultation is $220 for which we can discuss your garden or project and give you as many recommendations as possible. We can also advise if you need a more detailed plan, and a cost and time estimate for this. The cost of the initial consultation will be deducted from any resulting body of work.
OUR DESIGN PROCESS
We meet you ‘on site’ and learn as much as we can about your wishes – and needs – and about the site itself. Once we have as much information as possible, we write a Proposal.
The Proposal clarifies your brief and details the work and associated fees to meet the brief and design your garden or landscape. This is the basis of all further work. The proposal is not the landscape design; it lets you know what steps we will go through in the design process. With timelines and costings outlined, we then move into the design phase.
THE LANDSCAPE OR GARDEN DESIGN
The following stages are a guide to how we generally approach each project:
STAGE 1. CONCEPT DESIGN
A topographical survey is necessary for every project and forms the basis of all design work. You either provide us with one, or, for smaller gardens, we can undertake the curve ourselves (for larger gardens and landscapes we will commission one).
We get to know your land and everything that affects it:
- its environment - built and natural, historic and social
- its patterns - people, weather, traffic
- its spirit, or genus loci,
- the constraints on it imposed by councils, regulations, planning, budgets
- the opportunities and possibilities.
We work into this our understanding of your needs and everything you hope to achieve in your landscape and garden areas. We look at everything it could be for you. The detailed design process is built on our research and a guiding concept or philosophy. We design places that are perfectly functional, address all your requirements, but most of all, are inspiring and beautiful.
We discuss the initial concept design for a Master Plan with you and amend as you wish. We might use sketches and elevations to help explain the ideas.
STAGE 2. MASTER PLAN
Once the concept designs are agreed upon, we draft the final Master Plan in fully scaled CAD drawings which include lighting plans, material suggestions, perspective drawings and elevations as necessary.
STAGE 3. PLANTING PLAN
The planting plans are detailed and include schedules and notation as necessary. We provide a plant portfolio of the plants we are recommending to you, which tell you about each one. An average garden has between 20 and 30 species and each plant is chosen for its suitability to meet many criteria; soil, climate, size, flowering, shade, stabilization.
STAGE 4. SCOPE OF WORK
Once the Master Plan and planting plans are agreed and signed off, we can provide a Scope of Work for contractors to provide quotes to build.
STAGE 5. DOCUMENTATION, QUOTES AND APPROVALS
We can provide detailed construction drawings and technical information as necessary to contractors to help with their quoting for the work and planning for the building. If you need building approvals and certification, we can run this process for you and will give you a quote for this body of work.
STAGE 6. PROJECT CO-ORDINATION AND IMPLEMENTATION
Each contractor brought to the job will have a direct contractual relationship and liability with you. We co-ordinate, liaise and work to make sure that the project runs smoothly and that the garden or landscape is built to the highest standards. Being available and on site is critical to problem solving, design consulting and ensuring every detail is built and installed as planned
When the project is finished, we discuss and can arrange aftercare and maintenance.
GARDEN SERVICES FOR REAL ESTATE AGENTS ARE AVAILABLE.