This is the typical design process I'll guide us through. We can tailor this process to suit what you need.
One hour with Landscape Architect; Kirsten Wilson at your place to discuss goals for your property and develop design ideas so you can proceed with confidence. The meeting doubles as a project scope to create an obligation free price proposal for further design services.
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.