Landscape architecture involves professional design and detailing, some processes of which are outlined here.
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The design process is ultimately the most important step in obtaining a resolved and successful garden. Our design process is carried out in three main phases.
Landscape Mockup/Concept Design (Generally takes 2-6 weeks)
The concept design phase is very important. This stage usually includes a meeting with the client, confirmation of project brief: on larger jobs it may also include telephone calls and liason with other project partners such as local council.
It involves making sure that the designer is familiar with the site and also helps to develop a project brief. If the schematic design was not undertaken, this stage includes a meeting with the client, confirmation of project brief and the production of hand drawn sketches, electronic plans and indicative photographs. On larger jobs it may also include telephone calls and liason with other project partners, such as local council. The starting cost for a concept plan is $1500 for a very basic design for a typical suburban block.
Typically the concept plan is in an electronic format.
Planting Plans for Council (Generally Takes 3 - 4 weeks)
Often as part of lodging a Planning permit to Council for a house, townhouses or units, you need to submit a planting plan to council. We have completed planting plans for most councils within the Melbourne Metro area and are happy to assist you. As part of the Landscaping Plans you may also require a site visit to identify existing trees or an arborist report. We can assist you with all of these items. If you need a quick turn around less than a week we are also able to assist, otherwise generally there is a 2 week turn aroiund period.
Preliminary Design Stage/Tender Documents(Generally takes 3 - 6 weeks)
After the concept stage is completed, the next stage adds further detail to the drawn design. A preliminary plan will give an indication of surface treatments, planting styles/schemes and materials. If required during this stage, the construction details and specifications are added to the preliminary plan. The construction design of large structures or elements is undertaken by engineers. This is usually the form of plan required for local council approval or for obtaining quotes from multiple landscape contractors. Samples of materials will also be given to the client.
Construction Support Stages
Most of the time there is little change between the tender issue of the drawings and the construction issue.
The role of your Landscape Architect throughout this stage of works, is to act as an impartial party between you and the landscape contractor and your agent if nominated. The landscape architect does not supervise the building works, as this is the role of the landscape contractor. The Landscape Architect will assess quality of work at key checkpoints of construction.
3D Model Generation
We have the ability to take your designs and show them in 3D using Vectorworks. This may be very important for council permit applications, presentations for stakeholders or just so that you have a better understanding of what your landscape area will look like.