design process

This is a brief overview of the typical design process for a residential project. Not all jobs require the entire process, so if your requirements are less comprehensive, you’d just choose and pay for as much of the service as you require.


FREE INITIAL DISCUSSION: This is a no-obligation opportunity to meet me and see examples of my work. This first meeting usually takes place on site and is an opportunity to discuss the design process and to establish your requirements and the level of service that you require.

Following this meeting, I would usually prepare a fee proposal for you to consider.

CONSULTATION: Generally, a discussion of about 1 hour duration about problems and solutions. Using discussion, sketches etc. we can explore thoughts and ideas and possible solutions, suggestions for materials and planting,etc, and ideas that you may not have thought of.  This stage can be useful if you just want feedback on your own ideas or you need ideas to get you started and are planning to develop the garden yourself.

CONCEPT: This stage  comprises the preparation of a scaled outline plan showing

the proposed layout with notes on the factors that have influenced the design, materials and types of plants. This drawing is often accompanied by a sketch view to help illustrate the concept.

A prerequisite at this stage is the preparation of a scaled site plan. We can do basic site

but detailed or complex sites may require the services of a Surveyor.

As an additional option, I can also prepare 3 dimensional computer models of the concept to assist you in visualising the completed project before committing to development of the detailed design.


The purpose of these drawings is to take  the design from the ideas stage to something that can be built. In this, they are as much design drawings as the concept plans. Drawings required are different for every site and project, depending whether the drawings are for construction by yourself or by a builder or landscape contractor, or for building or resource consent. They could include construction and layout details, planting plans, schedules and specifications. We tailor the package of drawings  to the requirements of each job.


I can either recommend you to a suitable local contractor or if you would prefer, I would be happy to manage the implementation of your project for you.

TENDERING: Obtaining the best price for the work from a number of Contractors.

CONTRACT SUPERVISION: Monitoring the work as it proceeds to ensure quality of work and materials.

MAINTENANCE: Preparation of maintenance specifications and administration of contracts for ongoing maintenance work.