Our landscape design process results in plans and designs to help you create functional and beautiful gardens, homesteads, and landscapes.

Our planning & design services begin with an on-site or online consultation.

This might be enough to point you in the right direction. But if you need a landscape plan or design we'll send you a customised services and fee proposal. Once you've accepted the proposal, the design process usually continues as outlined below.

Phase 1

Research

People analysis

We ask you to complete a questionnaire that helps define your goals and requirements. Then we meet in person or by phone/video conference to discuss the information you've provided to clarify and fill in any further details.

Site Inventory & Analysis

We visit the site again to inventory existing features and conditions such as micro climate, slope, water, solar access, soils, prevailing winds, and vegetation. Then we analyse the value and importance of the information. The purpose of the site analysis is to determine the problems and potentials created by the existing site conditions, which helps create a custom design solution based on the unique conditions of your site.

Design Program

We summarise the information gathered in the people and site analysis. The design program is a list that outlines all the elements, spaces, and requirements that should be incorporated into the design solution. It serves as a checklist for the design phase. You'll receive a copy of the final design program you approve. 

Phase 2

planning

Base Map

We create a base map drawn to scale depicting the property lines and site features (roads, vegetation, water, structures, topology). It provides the foundation for the rest of the drawings. Usually we'll obtain a current aerial/contour map from council for a small fee, but might not be necessary if you can provide suitable maps.

 

Concept Diagram

We create a diagram/sketch depicting the rough functional layout and relationships of the spaces and elements of your site including relative size, proportion, and configuration. You'll receive a computer drawn and coloured two dimensional plan to scale for your review and feedback either in person or by phone/video conference.

 

Preliminary Plan

First draft of the design detail depicting shape, form, and materials of spaces and elements developed in the concept diagram based on your review and feedback. You'll receive a computer drawn and coloured two dimensional plan to scale for your review and feedback either in person or by phone/video conference.

 

Master Plan

Final draft of the design detail representing the final and most complete design solution incorporating your review and feedback of the preliminary design plan. You'll receive a computer drawn and coloured two dimensional plan to scale, and notes summarising the design elements, including specific & general plant suggestions.

 

As you can see, this thorough process seeks to create a plan customised to your goals and the conditions of your property. You'll end up with a road map for developing your site at your own pace. To bring the design to life we can also help you develop implementation plans & consulting, detailed planting plans, and ongoing maintenance instructions and advice.

At the end of the design process, we request a rating out of 5 stars on Houzz & Google. We aim for 5 star reviews, so if at any point you feel you would be unable to give us 5 stars, please let us know so that we can do our best to ensure you're happy.