Process Phases

Our design and implementation process has 6 different phases:

1. Site analysis

Site analysis The client's property will be fully analysed, to include aspects such as: soil types, shade / sun areas, frost zones, wind tunnels, slope, drainage, pipes, boundaries, existing vegetation, existing features etc.

People - Site Analysts, Landscape Designer Assistant

Systems - Conducted onsite with specialist mapping techniques

Technology - None

2. Client requirements gathering

Client requirements gathering The client's needs, wants and nice-to-have's will be identified and discussed. Functionality, practicality, aesthetic value and personal style will be primarily focussed on.

People - Landscape Designer

Systems - Clients gathering questionnaire and needs analysis

Technology - Database and programming technology

3. Master Plan

Design A creative customised garden design will be drawn to-scale, with the final placement of soft- and hardscaping features. A few adjustments to the proposed design are made on a high level and once this is approved further aspects will be depicted eg: planting schemes showing general plant size, foliage type and colours in an aerial layout view.

People - Landscape Designer Assistant, Landscape Designer, Project Manager

Systems - Ratio testing, Plant templates

Technology - Sketchup, AutoCad, 2D Components, plant database

4. Detailed Design

Planning The approved design will be taken and broken up into smaller elements. Detailing such as electricity cabling, irrigation pipes and plant lists will be finalised in contractor specifications, and materials, labour costs and management fees will then be calculated into a final quote/s. Additionally, should hardscaping be included in the design, various perspectives in 3D will be presented to the client for visualisation.

People - Landscape Designer, Project Manager

Systems - Supplier appointment and Quoting system

Technology - 3D Studio Max, 3D components

5. Implementation

Implementation The site will be prepared, measured and marked out. Hardscaping will be installed, irrigation and lighting will be laid underground and softscaping planted as per the original design and plans.

This part of the process will be planned, organised, coordinated and managed by Living Matter.

People - Project Manager, Preferred suppliers and implementation partners

6. Snag list and testing

All aspects of the garden will be tested over 2 - 3 weeks to ensure full operability. Any adjustments to timers, water strength etc will be made during this period.

People - Project Manager, Preferred suppliers and implementation partners

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