For clients requiring landscape concept design, the first step in the process is to meet on site and discuss your requirements and wishes for your new garden or landscape.

From this meeting, a written brief will be provided. This describes what is required of the design and a fee proposal for the design work outlined in the brief.
The design work starts on receipt of an acceptance of the fee proposal.


Usually the first step in the design process is to complete a site analysis.
This is necessary to ensure compliance with Territorial Authority District Plan rules and enable costing for construction and installation of the completed design.

If the landscape design is being undertaken as part of other work, then often the design is based on files from an architect or architectural designer, otherwise it will usually be necessary to undertake a survey or other site measuring.


Based on the completed site analysis, a Landscape Concept Plan will be prepared.This drawing shows the proposed design, accurately to scale, including suggestions regarding materials and finishes.

Often the concept will include sections, elevations or a perspective sketch to explain the ideas and design.

Planting on a Concept Plan is shown generally – such as where it is intended to provide screening or a particular feature tree.