dsb offers a full range of landscape architectural and horticultural consultancy services for private-residential projects including:
Site landscape Design
Front & Backyard Design
Pool Concept Design
Water Feature Design
Frequently Asked Questions
I'm interested in discussing my project, what's the first step?
One of our team members can discuss your project via an initial email and follow up phone call. If you are able to provide photos or site plans that help us fully understand the site, as well as a detailed brief we can prepare a fee proposal for you without an on site consultation.
Can you do designs if my property is located outside of Melbourne and Canberra?
We certainly can! Depending on the project size and requirements we can include travel as part of our fee proposal for your project. Alternatively, we can provide our services via online consultations and presentations!
What kind of design do you do?
Do I have to wait for my new property to finish construction before I get a design?
No, the earlier dsb are engaged the better! Our aim is to provide a landscape that not only suits your needs and budget, but also ties in seamlessly with the site architecture. We find coordination and collaboration with yourself, the project architect, and builder throughout the project build is the best way to achieve the maximum result!
I've accepted dsb's fee proposal, what's next?
Upon acceptance of the design fee proposal, we will conduct a full site analysis. This will help us understand the site requirements, take any required measurements and photographs to help us produce our concept drawings.
How long does it take to produce the concept designs?
This depends on the size and complexity of the site. Generally, after acceptance of the fee proposal the Concept Phase is usually between 4-6 weeks. If your project requires Council approval landscape plans (Development Application / Town Planning) then this may take more time depending on Council processes. We can discuss this in more detail at the initial consultation.
How much does it cost?
This is entirely dependent on the size of the project, complexity and scope of services. The initial consultation will allow us to determine the scope of services required for your project and allow us to give you a general idea of costs before preparing the formal fee proposal.
Do I need Detailed Design / Construction drawings?
Our Concept Plan phase provides you with a set of drawings that can allow landscape contractors to understand the design intent, and provide competitive quotes for the construction. However, these drawings may still not provide the scope of information and detailing required for complex sites (site slopes, retaining walls, drainage, pools etc). We will always aim to provide the most comprehensive design package possible for your budget.
It allows for greater accuracy of contractor quotations,
Provides the Contractor greater understanding of the design and requirements, and gives them the confidence to commence works sooner,
Reduces project timelines and potential for mistakes,
Allows for the highest quality outcomes