Discover The Benefits Of Landscape Design Adelaide Residents Receive From Tony Stanton.
It all starts with a clients wish for a better backyard or front garden. With overseas holidays no longer on the horizon, or not any time soon, it is understandable that many people want to bring a part of that dream destination to their own home. How many times have you said “wouldn’t it be great if we had… in our own backyard?” Perhaps now you’re ready to turn that dream into reality.
Residential landscape design focuses on the integrated master landscape planning of a house within the specific garden design of landscape elements and plants. Practical, aesthetic, horticultural, and environmental considerations are taken into account by landscape designers when producing both the hardscape design and softscape design plans. Bringing the overall garden design to life is always a collaboration with a number of contractors, especially landscapers.
Other specialists such as outdoor kitchen cabinet makers, pool or tennis court builders, painters, electricians and carpenters are some of the more commonly used trades that may become a part of turning the plan into a Living Picture.
Just like when building a new home, it all starts with a plan, or two!
The Landscape design Adelaide residents deserve combines both artistic composition with horticultural knowledge and expertise.
Living Pictures By Tony Stanton’s garden design process places an emphasis on detailed site analysis from the first conceptual stage through to measuring up for scaled working plans and if clients would like culminating with the logistics management of all landscaping construction work.
The basic principals or elements of good landscape design include mass, form, line, texture and colour. In the landscape, they’re used to transform space and create a unique experience. While both colour and texture add interest to a design, it’s mass, form and line that are critical to organising the space and providing structure, regardless of whether it’s a formal or informal look you’re wanting to achieve.
Each and everyone of the garden makeovers Adelaide home owners request are unique, so each project is tailored to each clients needs and preferences to produce a Living Picture that forever changes as plants grow and flowers bloom. With the change in seasons, there’s the opportunity for new sights and smells to enjoy.
Your lifestyle and family situation is important and taken into account when considering the final layout. Which plants and elements are to be retained, modified, or replaced is also considered.
Design factors including artistic composition when looking upon as well as observing from within is something that can’t be done without training and experience.
Spatial development and definition using lines, sense of scale, balance and symmetry, along with an understanding of plant palettes and artistic focal points for enjoyment, are all taken into account when working on the often complex process of designing a garden that is beautiful, well-functioning, and that thrives over time.
With Living Pictures By Tony Stanton as your landscape designers, nothing is left to chance, incorporating innovative landscaping ideas to produce a landscape design Adelaide landscapers can then build.
Often, environmental consequences have to be considered when changing the landscape of your outdoor areas, especially when there are competing land uses. When it rains for example, where will the water flow once the existing natural slope has been altered with retaining walls and paving.
This is one of the reasons where not engaging a trained landscape designer can end in tears. A quick sketch drawn by landscapers followed up with Fluro paint lines sprayed on the ground does not take into account the consequences of changing bench levels with water flow. A professionally drawn up hardscape design plan to scale does however, and will specify drainage and stormwater where required.
Gardeners often have an increased knowledge over home owners on how to care for many plants, how much water they need with how and when to prune them. Often however, as the saying goes ‘a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing’ especially if they’re the ones planning and placing plants to start with.
A deeper knowledge that comes from the training and experience of being a Microbiologist and Horticulturist factors in the soils Ph, wind and rain conditions, each plants growth rate and proximity to other plants and structures as part of the overall landscape design Adelaide residents have been grateful for when engaging Living Pictures by Tony Stanton to plan their garden makeover.
The ever growing array of garden design software programs can, and sometimes does give a perception of knowledge, but without the actual artistic training and scientific knowledge, what is produced can amount to no more than a pretty picture, which if acted upon may result in very costly landscaping construction nightmares for the unsuspecting home owner.
In many cases, having both hardscape construction and softscape design plans drawn up by Tony Stanton before any landscaping commences can save Adelaide home owners thousands of dollars. Poor site work preparation and unnecessary earthworks can be expensive mistakes, particularly if after only a few months there’s flooding and retaining walls start to lean because there was no plan with specifications to follow.
A formal garden is based on strict geometric shapes, whether circles, rectangles or squares and is rigid, clean and uncluttered. Many modern gardens are structured with formal shapes and the plants chosen to match, or are pruned in the case of hedges to make strong geometric shapes.
An informal garden is looser, not following rigid geometric shapes but rather follows curves with arrangements of features or elements, spaces and plants allowed to grow into their natural shape. Examples of this are found with many native garden designs. Water ponds made from rocks would fit here as opposed to a rectangular base with a fountain.
Note: wild garden designs are even more lose in their structure, often planted out in the Adelaide Hills to provide colour and interest amongst the Gum trees. This garden style relies also on more natural elements including rocks and fallen trees to separate areas or make visual statements. Rambling paths of mulch or pebbles, bordered with logs or sleepers are common, like you find constructed throughout the many National Parks across South Australia.
Hard landscaping consists of the hard things you will have in your garden, like bricks, concrete, stone, gravel etc. As soft landscaping is the soft or living element of your garden, flowers, shrubs, grass, trees, soil, and anything growing in general.
Typically for most suburban residential gardens, you should budget to invest between $2,600 to $3,900 for both hardscape construction and softscape garden design plans.
For larger acreage sized blocks, $3,500 will usually cover both types of plans.
After the initial concept design meeting, these costs will be precise and known, taking into account the amount and nature of the work involved.
For a more detailed explanation of what’s included for the price, take a look at the Design Process page on this website.
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After completion of both your hardscape construction plans and softscape design plans, you’ll also have a good idea of what the costs will be to transform your current garden into the dream outdoor oasis you’re after.
Whether you’d like a formal or informal design, whether you have a small or large front garden to renovate, a courtyard garden to update or large backyard you’d like to transform, you can trust Tony Stanton to come up with innovative garden design solutions to match your lifestyle.
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