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Design Process

We can be as involved in your project as you wish us to be. From simple design and planting ideas in an on-site consultation, to construction project management and maintenance of your new garden - it’s up to you. We love the opportunity to be involved in a project from inception to completion in order to maintain design integrity and ensure it is built to our high standards, but we also understand that this is not always going to happen. Below is a brief outline of the different levels of service we can provide.


On-Site Consultation


The on-site consultation is a great way to develop initial ideas and inspirations for your outdoor space. It is also the perfect prelude to the concept design stage. During the on-site consultation we discuss all elements of the design process including how you wish to use the space, budget, time lines, design solutions, planting and material suggestions. There is no obligation to engage Garden Life to undertake a concept plan following the on-site consultation.

The on-site consultation lasts for approximately 1 hour. A fee proposal for a concept design will be provided after the consultation if required.

Our fee for on-site consultations is $300 including GST.



Styling Package


Targeted towards balconies and smaller spaces in need of an aesthetic update, the styling package is a great way to rejuvenate your outdoor space. Following the on-site consultation we will create sampleboards of indicative plant, product and design ideas for your garden. On completion of the package we will invite you to the Garden Life shop to present placement diagrams, sampleboards and a quote for supply and installation of specified products and plants.

The Styling Package starts from $500 including GST in addition to the on-site consultation fee.



Concept Design


The concept design is a great opportunity for Garden Life to combine your requirements and desires and our creativity to develop a functional and aesthetic design solution for your garden. As part of the concept plan we spend time familiarising ourselves with the site conditions, including aspect, soil, existing vegetation, views, surrounding structures, levels and climatic information. Most importantly, we will spend time with you getting to know your likes, dislikes, ideas for the space and practical requirements.

After we have collected this information we will create a unique concept design for your space, addressing the requirements addressed above. The concept plan includes a plan of your garden, sections and elevations, and sampleboards illustrating design elements, plants and design intent.

If council approval is required, an application is prepared once the Concept Plan is completed and approved by you. The landscape plan for council submission is usually costed as a separate item in addition to the concept design fee.

Concept design fees start from $2500 including GST



Construction Documentation


Drawing on the ideas presented in the concept plan, the construction documentation stage provides essential information from which the design can be built. This stage is extremely important in ensuring the integrity of the design is realised to the highest standards. Depending on the complexity of the design, the construction documentation stage can include complete working drawing sets for tender, detail drawings documenting structural elements such as walls, water features, bespoke furniture, sculptural elements etc. We can also include planting plans and softscape specifications and lighting plans. Fees for construction documentation depend on the level of service required. A comprehensive fee proposal is issued following completion of the concept design stage.



Installation and Maintenance


This is where the fun begins! Garden Life’s team of designers, horticulturalists and project managers can work together to bring the design to life. We can undertake all softscape installation, plant supply and product installation, and can organise sub-contractors to complete other works as required.

Following installation of your garden, Garden Life offers a full maintenance service to ensure the garden develops to its full potential.  Our team of experienced horticulturists will ensure the highest standard of care for your garden so you can enjoy it for years to come.