By Gary Winter
All of those
home renovation shows encourage us to get our hands dirty. And there’s
something deeply satisfying about getting the job done yourself, knowing that
your ingenuity or hard yakka created the transformation.
possibly even saved a few bucks. Or thought you did. Until that day comes when
you realise that you didn’t know what you needed to know…
When DIY costs you more
qualified landscape designer with twenty years of builds under my belt, ...
Nature is good for us. I know if I don’t
get my regular fix I feel disconnected and not at all centred. My mind becomes
unclear and my body will be tense.
It’s not just in my head. Medical people
are doing the research and applying the results. Last year Scottish doctors began
to prescribe nature to patients with chronic illnesses, including mental health.
A recent study at the University of Exeter showed that a two-hour weekly dose of nature is the minimum required to boost ...
“I worked with Gary on the design construction of the landscaping package at my home.
Having Gary on board during from the early stages of the home’s Architectural design program proved to be immensely valuable. The collaborative effort between Gary and the architect yielded a more considered and impactful design- both in the home and its landscaping.
It might seem
all fancy pants, but for Gary Winter, landscape design is simply about making
the most of an outdoor space for people to enjoy. He brings harmony to places
by drawing up unique plans to suit people, their pets and material preferences.
the site, listening to clients and drawing on professional expertise, a good
landscape designer transforms concepts into concrete plans that can be
implemented by landscapers (and that includes the DIY landscapers out there). ...
Gary has two decades worth of know-how
in horticulture, landscape construction and design. This distinctive combo, and
his finely tuned communication and problem solving skills, mean he’s well equipped
to nut out theoretical and practical elements of any garden design project.
Gary’s a good bloke who’s not really
interested in gardens that are just for show. He’s more interested in you and
your relationship to the place. He’s keen on creating spaces that align
harmoniously with ...
Whether you’re just after suggestions or you need someone for the whole shebang, Gary Winter is a green thumb horticulturalist with two decades of landscaping experience, plus design and construction expertise that will bring your garden to life.
The short answer is, “it depends”. Design
is not an off-the shelf item, and there are different stages and levels of work.
But as a starter you can book a design consult visit for $330. If you like our
ideas and want to engage us for the next bit, a standard house block design plan
starts around $3,850.
all going to come down to your property parameters and specific needs. Our
transparent quoting process means you’ll understand costs upfront. We can also
develop plans to meet ...
We’re pretty good at reading people and
situations, but we’re not yet fully qualified mind readers. So we always ask
prospective clients to complete a questionnaire to tell us about your
lifestyle, workplace or community needs of the space you want spruced up.
If we’re going to design the dream place
to suit you and your people it’s imperative that we visit the site and have a
conversation with your head honchos. The design consult allows us to offer
advice, exchange ideas and size ...
When you get in touch we’ll have a general
conversation. Then we shoot you a client questionnaire so you can explain more
about your project.You might then engage us for a Design
Consult. That’s three hundred and thirty dollars well spent to have us visit
for an hour, provide on-site expertise and develop a design brief and plan
offerHappy days, you like our ideas and give
us the thumbs up to proceed to design stage. We’ll conduct site surveys, develop
a draft concept for you to review, ...
These are the official drawings we
deliver so that the design can be read and understood by the people who do the
build or issue permits. Our standard LDMP is a set of four plans; the concept
plan is the broad design drawn to scale; the planting plan shows where plants
go; the quantities plan is the basic site coverage that helps calculate costings;
and the dimensions plan has all of the site measurements. We also include landscape
design specifics and construction general notes.
There are a few variables that
influence the delivery timeframe. We’ll communicate these with you from the
start. As a rough guide, a standard residential block takes about 3-4 weeks to
Over the first couple of weeks we’ll
conduct our site survey and present the draft concept. After your feedback we
finalise the design plans and hand them over. The build stage then has its own
separate time span to be negotiated with contractors.