The Normark journey begins with your design. With all the elements to consider in a garden design, process is crucial to achieving a successful connection between your home and garden. The initial garden design provides a platform for diligent planning and considered decision making. Embracing the requirements of your client brief, our Melbourne landscape and garden design team will join the dots and drive the creative direction as the design evolves.
We follow a three step process as we create a landscape design to make sure that the design is the very best that it can be. These are the three steps that we follow:
1. Initial garden design consultation
The process begins with a site meeting to discuss your brief and assess the existing conditions. The garden is an outdoor extension of your home and should be a reflection of the family who lives there. Because landscaping plays such an important role in a home we make it a top priority to get to know you and how you intend to use the space.
We get a full snap shot of your lifestyle so we can create a garden that works for you, whether that be low maintenance if you lead a busy lifestyle or perhaps a veggie patch if you enjoy tending to the garden. We take into consideration any issues like safety, excessive sun, drainage issues so we can ensure our design aims to combat any potential issues.
During the visit we also study the topography of the land and find out what types of soil it has, so that we have an idea of what nutrients it is going to need and how water drains from it. We also identify micro-climates. These micro-climates can be areas that are completely shady or those that receive full sun. Familiarising ourselves with the micro-climates, soil and topography of the land that we will be landscaping helps us to determine what plants to use, where to install elements of the hardscape and also what type of maintenance the landscape is going to need.
We also pay special attention to scale and proportions at concept stage. The beauty of a landscape is determined by how well its different elements complement each other. In order to maximise the beauty of the landscape, we hold all the elements in the landscape to a scale that fits the surrounding environment and keep them in proportion to each other.
2. Garden design concept
A plan view landscape design is presented detailing the overall layout, planting options, material selections and image mood board. We present this to you in person and welcome client collaboration during this stage and work until everyone is happy
3. Landscape Design Final Documentation
Once the concept is approved we can develop the design with the level of detail necessary to carry out the landscaping. This will specify all material selections, plant types, technical information and construction requirements. These elements include:
Hardscape elements which are man-made elements, such as retaining walls, paths, decks, outdoor furniture, water features and sheds, among other things.
Softscape elements that are the living components in the landscape, such as trees, bushes, turf and all the different plants that are going to be used.
Landscape accessories which includes landscape lighting and also irrigation systems.
This helps manage expectations of client and landscaper ensuring that all elements are clarified prior to commencing the landscape construction.