The Arcadia landscape design process starts with listening to your needs and thoughts and potentially ends with a wonderful new garden, with further sharing of ideas along the way. This process is outlined below, but you might require something simpler, such as a nice planting plan for a small area or just some horticultural advice. A tailored service can easily be made for you.
The first part of the garden design process is an extended visit to talk about and analyse your site and offer advice and ideas. This time can also be used to prepare a design brief for a landscape plan.
- Listening to you to understand your interests and needs
- Looking at examples of design possibilities and ideas
- Exploring your site to discussing garden design ideas
- Taking measurements and photos of the site and assessing the soil and environmental conditions
- Determining the positions of services as well as current and potential use of the site
The design process is also explained using some examples and tailored to your needs. A costing for the garden design is also provided. The design will take into account the budget you have available for construction but a more accurate quote can be provided when construction plans are available for the contractor.
If you wish, you may just have a consultation without the rest of the planning process.
From the design brief and site analysis and your feedback from a preliminary ketch, a full Concept Plan is developed. This is printed up and presented to you for further feedback and elaboration. This will include
Coloured 2D and 3D scaled plan including:
- The layout and general description of plantings
- The arrangements and general description of hard landscaping such as paving and decking.
- Descriptions of materials and plantings including some suggested plant species.
Following the Concept Plan, to build the landscape you will need a detailed, scaled plan that can be given to the landscape contractor to complete the final project.
This will include
- Fully scaled and detailed construction plan
- Full list of plant species with placements, quantities and descriptions
- Construction drawings of built features
- Specifications that detail the types of materials and features of the plan
- Maintenance schedule that describes how to look after the completed garden
- A plant information booklet that gives further information on each species with notes on how to look after them is provided along with the Planting Plan. It includes pictures of the plants so you feel confident about what what will be planted.
You receive consultation along the journey so that your needs and preferences are taken into account.
Arcadia will also organise the construction phase if you wish through our preferred contractors. Otherwise or you have the option of building and planting yourself, or even using another contrator.
Call Gary if you are considering a garden consultation or landscape design for your home in the Melbourne Metropolitan area.
Gary Shadforth – Arcadia Sustainable Design – 0431 022 953