My approach is a simple one. Do it right and do it once. Enjoy the benefits of a well designed landscape from day one. Invest wisely and the value you can add to your property no matter how big or small will surprise you. During my years as a practising Landscape Architect, I see many people and organisations moved into their new or existing premises finding themselves at a loss as to how to tackle the landscape. These areas are often a post construction “bomb site”, earthquake damaged, not child friendly, or just no longer suiting changing requirements.

The outside areas can make or break the whole experience. These days we all want good indoor-outdoor flow and typically require low maintenance landscape solutions.

With our typical Kiwi do-it-yourself tendencies, it is tempting to start without any overall plan, tackling various areas a bit at a time then find ourselves down the track “painted into a corner” at the same time, having unwittingly spent considerable time and money.

I trust that the following sequence helps you to understand what I believe is the best way of getting a top landscape solution for your property.

Start: Briefing

I will come to your property and meet with you, listen to your ideas, dreams and aspirations for your garden and take detailed notes.

One: Site Analysis

Site Analysis Record of detailed measurements of the site, building locations, items to be retained etc. This is so I can prepare an accurate base plan.

Two: Preliminary Discussion Concept

Takes into account briefing, site analysis phase, budget, plus my own design inspiration. Presented to you at your home. May include some 3D drawings to help clarify what is proposed. This plan provides an opportunity for feedback, before the design … Continue reading

Three: Master Plan

A highly accurate plan with all areas of ‘hard’ and ‘soft’ landscape clearly located & labelled. Includes comprehensive notes describing what the different hard landscape materials are. Indicative levels are also included. Note: the Preliminary Concept would need to be … Continue reading

Four: Setout Plan

Dimensioned plan to ensure the landscape contractor sets the design out correctly. Note: the Master Plan would be completed first.

Five: Construction Details

Includes sufficient detail so the landscape contractor (or you) will know exactly how things are constructed and from what materials. It may also be necessary to show this level of detail for Council Consent purposes. Includes information on dimensions, materials … Continue reading

Six: Planting Plan

Includes detail showing exactly what and where every plant is to be placed. Includes plant schedule with both botanical and common plant names, plant numbers and plant size at time of planting. Note: the Master Plan would be completed first.

Seven: Costing

To get the best price on the implementation of the job, it may be wise to ask for several (3-4) quotes from different proven landscape contractors. Includes detailed schedule of quantities. This phase helps to check prices against my own … Continue reading

Eight: Project Management Service

Provided to any level you may require. Recommended so that any problems can be sorted out quickly without compromising the design. It also makes sure that work progress is kept on track and kept to budget.

As an alternative to the steps above, I can provide an on-the-spot design where I will visit, discuss options with you, and leave you with some notes/sketches etc. Contact me to discuss rates.

Jeremy Head Landscape Architect has had his work published in Landscape NZ, Urbis Landscapes, NZ House and Garden, Outdoor Trends, NZ Backyard & Garden Design Ideas, Habitat, Your Home and Garden, NZ Gardener, and has featured in the popular book ‘Landscape – Gardens by NZ’s Top Designers’ by Rose Thodey and Gil Hanly. Jeremy has been a judge for the nationwide NZILA Pride of Place Landscape awards and has taught at Lincoln University’s  Landscape Architecture degree programme since 1995.