Below is a typical process for completing an extra-ordinary design just for you and your piece of paradise. We can tailor this process to suit what you need.
We'll spend an hour talking about what you want to achieve and take a look around your property. We'll discuss some ideas, step it out, wave arms and try to imagine some possibilities. From this I can put together a design brief and price a proposal for you.
Property boundaries, gradient, buildings, underground services, existing trees, retaining walls, context etc. You can get started by digging out some plans from the filing cabinet. I'll add to it with a site measure up and assess the orientation to the sun, wind, views, and neighbours etc.
Before we can look at what plants species to use, we need to work out a functional layout. Enough room to back a trailer? Can visitors find the front door? A nook to hide the rubbish bins and is the patio large enough for a BBQ table and chairs?
With a concept design in hand, we can move forward with more detail. Edges and corners that meet nicely. Gradients and height changes organised. Lighting. Characteristics of planted areas. Colours and materials to suit the existing features.
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These are a few challenges that I come across regularly. You can get a head start by thinking about what they might mean to you.
Spouses often have quite different preferences for what they think will work in their backyard. My job is to find the middle ground, or provide professional advice on which option will work the best.
Outdoor living areas like patios and decks are often constructed at the same time as the house but more often than not, they're too small. You need at a width of 4m to comfortably fit an outdoor dining table with chairs and room for people to move around.
Which plants are good and which ones are bad? Plenty of weeds start out as garden plants but they grow too well and take over. This is a great little booklet and online resource to select better plants and avoid infecting our lovely country with more invasive plant species.