We are happy to meet you at your property to discuss your requirements and a potential collaboration - FREE
consultation with sketch design
To meet you, understand your site a little more and give you suggestions with a simple sketch ideas. This depends on the complexity of your project and your aspirations. But if you just need a little guidance to help you on your way - This is for you.
This service is charged at a lump sum.
Examples of simple sketch designs
There are set phases to the design process. These phases vary upon the type and complexity of a project. They may not all be required.
Knowing your site is the most important aspect to getting the design right, and having a plan to work with. Depending upon the complexity of the site we will either visit and draw up a plan for you or ask you to hire a surveyor to provide one. This phase also includes a number of site visits and discussions with you to learn as much as possible about your property and ideas.
Once we have a plan to work with and a good idea of your needs, we develop the schematic design. This is a set of drawings with designs (and alternatives) for your property. They will include sketches and images to give you a full appreciation of what your design could look like.
Once a sketch design has been approved. Then we continue to design development, transferring the design to a computer generated plan, and developing it
consultants & pricing
With the completion of design development we can get a good indication of the likely cost of the design, plus identify if we need input from other specialist consultants, such as irrigation specialists or structural engineers.
Some simple projects may not need any further development in the design process, and the design can go straight to construction.
If an outside contractor is hired to build and construct the design, then a set of construction documents are produced. These are drawings that explain exactly how and what materials are required to build the design. These can include, but not limited to, planting plans, grading plans, irrigation plans and or construction drawings. The consultants drawings and specifications will also be part of this package. Once completed the project can accurately go out to bid to several contractors, to get the most competitive price for the job.
Q + O have a contractor they work with to construct simple projects, this negates the need for construction drawings as the builder is capable to interpret the schematic design drawings. On more complex projects, where construction documents are required, then we recommend the client put the project out to bid, to get a competitive price for the construction.
Simple planting designs can be installed by Q and O. Again more complex designs, with large tree installations, etc and where the planting should be warrantied, we get a horticultural company to install.
Q + O work with a trusted and reputable irrigation consultant to design and install your irrigation system.