These are just a few of the questions I am often asked by clients - if you have any which aren't listed here please get in touch!

  • 7How do I choose the right landscape designer?

    Engaging the right landscape designer is crucial for your investment, just as much as choosing the right builder for your home. It's a decision you'll be reminded of every time you step outside.

    Landscaping and garden design is an investment, so it pays to do your homework.

    • look at the gallery of landscape projects they have completed on their website
    • make a few phone calls and chat to a landscape designer about your project
    • visit their landscape design studio to view their portfolio of garden designs

    Open, honest and clear communication - plus a feeling of connection with your landscape designer - is key. This results in a great garden design which is perfect for your home, family and lifestyle.

    The right landscape designer will listen to your wants and needs and understand the importance of your home and your dream for your space. They will also be able to assist and guide you into establishing these if you are struggling to determine how to best use your outdoor space.

    Good landscape designers should have sound knowledge in the following:

    • Construction
    • Local council codes
    • Water corporation sewer lines
    • Inspection point requirements
    • Skill in general site assessments - such as levels and retaining

    Consider whether your Perth landscape design company can assist you with the implementation of the garden design with their recommended landscape contractors or offer a landscape project management service. This will ensure quality landscape construction and give you peace of mind moving through to the next phase.

    I only work with my trusted contractors when I project-manage a landscape design for a client - this way I can be sure the design I created will become a reality which meets your expectations!

  • 7How much does a landscape design cost?

    Cost of a landscape design is based on an hourly rate.

    The number of hours it takes to create the design and compile plans depends on the complexity of the design, how accurate your existing site and house plans are and whether you require 3D visuals and fly-through.

    Once the initial consultation has taken place an accurate quote for the detailed landscape design is emailed to you.

    The landscape design quote will outline each stage of the design process including:

    • further site assessment works,
    • a detailed 2D garden design,
    • material and plant schedules,
    • sectional elevation drawings,
    • a schematic lighting plan,
    • set-out plan,
    • 3D visuals & fly-through
    • viewing the design
    • garden design visuals - possibly consisting of images of all selected plants and overall inspirational images.

    To discuss the process further, enquire about my fees or just have a chat about your up-coming project I would love to hear from you!

    Denise x

  • 7What's a 3D landscape design?

    This is when your landscape design is entirely built in a 3D model including the house - so you get to see exactly how your completed design will look.

    3D garden designs are perfect for those who have trouble visualising from a 2D (top view) plan. The 3D fly-through allows you to virtually walk through your space whilst we discuss design elements and make changes if necessary.

    My 3D style is soft and subtle, capturing design elements rather than a full realistic approach.

  • 7Should I get a consult before designing my landscape?

    If you are wanting to re-work your existing landscape, then a consult helps you figure out how to best use the space you have to work with. A professional designer can talk you through options and how to realistically get what you want while working within what your space allows.

    The best is always when we can plan your outdoor space at the earliest stages of your building or renovation works. Sometimes this happens even before plans have been finalised by your builder or architect, and most definitely before you go purchasing big-ticket items such as a fibreglass swimming pool.

    Engaging a professional landscape designer from the beginning will allow them to discuss flow from the inside of your home to your outdoor spaces, such as suggesting a door where a window has been placed. There could be other landscaping ideas which could impact on the building; the positioning of a swimming pool, pool landscaping, outdoor kitchen or retaining walls and steps. If space is limited, it's also essential to think about small garden ideas that are functional and practical. All your landscaping ideas can then be presented to the builder. This could be implemented throughout the building process or at least considered, as this may save you money once construction begins on your outdoor areas.

    It's always a good idea to try and list your needs and wants for your outdoor space. Gather some inspirational images which reflect your personal style. By thinking in advance, you'll be able to communicate these thoughts to your landscape designer during the consult.

    A consult also helps you to be realistic about the budget. $10,000 will not accommodate a list of needs that may include retaining walls, planter boxes, quality paving, along with the basic needs of a well-designed outdoor space. Be sceptical if you are told otherwise.

  • 7Can I DIY my landscape design?

    Absolutely!

    The landscape plans I produce are extremely detailed and easily worked from - I even calculate material quantities to make your shopping list a breeze! I'm also always available to chat with you if you have any queries throughout the construction phase.

    If you require an on-site visit my fee is charged on an hourly rate.

  • 7Do you provide costs for landscape installation once the plans have been completed?

    Absolutely!

    A detailed landscape construction estimate proposal can be compiled using my preferred landscaping contractors. This can take anywhere up to 2 weeks and may require another on site visit with the landscapers.

    I do charge a small fee of $350+gst to compile a full scope of works, organise landscape quotes from the landscape contractors, attend to cost queries and then submit my proposal to you.

    The landscape construction proposal is inclusive of my project management fee which is based on a percentage on top of the landscaper's quotes.

    This fee covers scheduling the project, managing and dealing direct with all contractors, regular site visits, problem resolution, keeping my client up to date with progress and loads of work behind the scenes!

    Sometimes my client's budget does not extend to the additional fee charged for a landscape project management service.

    If this is the case, I can then put you in direct contact with my preferred contractors and you can manage the landscape installation yourself.

    If you choose to manage the install yourself, I offer a garden design site visit service where a small fee is charged to visit your site when required to discuss any queries the landscaping contractors may have and inspect the works. This way we can make sure all is well and on schedule!

    Crucial components of the landscape installation such as; plants, trees, garden planters, garden accessories, outdoor furniture and garden lighting can be purchased through me. If you are interested in this service, we can discuss at the time of landscape design hand-over and I can provide you with a quote.

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