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Understanding your site & lifestyle – Establishing the structure – Overlaying the aesthetics – Developing your garden concept

Why use a professional?

  • Tired of looking at your garden, knowing you want to create a special place but not able to put the right picture together?
  • A fresh eye is often all that is required to give a new slant to an outdoor space that is over-familiar to you.  One meeting with a designer may be all you need to unblock your vision and reveal the true potential of your garden.
  • Your designer has two roles.  The first is to present you with creative options – to use their training and experience to develop ideas you may never consider.  To save you hours searching for landscaping materials. To share smarter, better and more cost effective ways of achieving your desired final result.
  • Secondly, working together with your designer will focus your ideas about what you want from your garden and create a package that works both visually and functionally.  In the long run this is a sure way of achieving a result you’ll love.

What‘s involved?

  • The site and lifestyle information from Stage 1 can be used as the basis of your garden design.  Combining your designer's expertise with your ideas is the best way to develop an outdoor space that reflects your personality and desires. 
  • First up, match your key outdoor use areas to your living needs.  Consideration of microclimate factors such as light and shade and wind will ensure you will build a garden to use throughout the year.
  • Then focus on developing an appearance and feel that seamlessly links your home and garden.  Transforming your outdoor living will add a new dimension to your lifestyle – an ‘outdoor room’ that extends the available space of your home and provides an alternative living experience.

Do I need a concept plan?

  • A concept plan is a great way to collect your ideas and visually interpret all the interrelated design and site elements. 
  • It combines information about site factors, physical structures, level changes and contours, construction materials and plants in a single working drawing.
  • Seeing the project on paper, without the clutter of visual interference is a powerful tool to develop fresh ideas.  It’s the best way of ensuring your thinking isn’t restricted by the current look and use of your garden. 
  • A concept plan is also the basis for costing your project, preparing planting plans and developing detailed drawings.  A good plan will help you order priorities and tailor the work so that it takes place in a logical sequence.  This is important if you want to complete the project in stages or develop the garden yourself.  It allows you to allocate time and money efficiently.

What if I just want some ideas? 

  • Your designer can plan your whole garden, help you develop an overall design, just provide advice on a planting plan or provide targeted on-site advice. 
  • You choose how little or how much help you want. The design service can be tailored to meet your needs and budget.

 

 

Stage Three: Planning Your Project

 

Stage Four:  Planting & Maintaining

 

Landscape Design

 

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