Good design is led by function and the needs of the users over time. Good design will take into account the existing constraints, current and future use, maintenance and also budget.
To quote any works a design is essential, We provide professional computer design service For more info on design click the word design in the title
What style of garden do you like?
Even if you do not know what your style is called, in our experience, the best way to communicate this to us, is by putting together a virtual/digital “scrap book” of pictures, with little notes on each pic like “I like the pathway in this one” or ” I like the look of the plants in this one”. This eliminates the need to be an expert gardener that knows the correct names of each plants and will let us know your ideal concept or overall feel…
We can discuss the wish list of what you are after and let you know some very rough ballpark figures whilst onsite to help you make a decision. It is best to have a budget in mind, whether that figure changes after initial onsite consult, as it is important to be realistic on outlay as this affects the design options/suggestions and ultimately the final product.
Bloomin Deserts prefers to produce a design that suits your budget rather than design a beautiful garden that is not achievable for you. Even if your dream garden does not fit into your current budget we can look at stages of construction or DIY parts of works to achieve the end result you are after
Separate to the general garden use considerations and the overall feel of the garden, it is good to get a wishlist together of specific inclusions and rough priorities.
Start with practical areas like clothesline, area for garden shed, car parking and disability access
Then move on to features like pools, plunge pools, spas, fire pit, lawn, sandpit, pizza oven, entertainment units etc, etc
As can be seen, the list is endless…but if you prioritise these, then it will be much easier for us to give you your ultimate garden.
How will you use your garden?
- Do you want an entertaining area, if so what is the minimum and maximum number of people you would like to be able to accommodate?
- Do you have children, or the possibility of having children in the future? Therefore is an area of lawn or a natural type play area required?
- What is the age/access requirements for the users of the garden?
- Is the garden required to have a space for quiet relaxing by yourself with a book?
What is your budget?
We realise why most people chase a quote; because they need an idea of cost and people are reluctant to name a figure. We find a lot of people underestimate the true cost of landscaping and their wish list exceeds what they can spend.
You will get the best value for money by being upfront with your budget, as we can then squeeze as much of your wishlist as we can into it
Accept the things you cannot change
Somethings in your property can not be built on or planted on, like easements and existing services.
Somethings in your existing gardens may be required to be keep if your budget does not allow, like replacement of concrete driveways or sheds.
In these instances it is better to accept the things you cannot change (Yes, just like the saying) so that you can focus your efforts on getting the most out of your budget for the things you do want.
For example don’t spend $45,000 on removal, disposal and replacement of a driveway and shed to a different location if that is better spent on a new pool. Remember, you cant swim in a new concrete driveway (I dont think we have that technology yet)
Last, but definitely not least, work out what time you are willing to spend in the garden maintaining it.
Some garden styles require more maintenance, so your garden style or what you would like, will depend on what maintenance you can do or pay someone to do for you.
In most cases we can choose plants for most style gardens to keep maintenance down but some styles are more maintenance heavy
High maintenance features include hedges, lawns and topiary. These are found in more traditional formal style gardens
Low maintenance features include natural bush style gardens and paved surfaces.
Pools can be surprisingly low maintenance with the advances in automatic PH dosing technology, automatic refilling, automatic covers and cleaning robots. just ask us the options for easy maintenance as part of your pool quote