Design Services

Design Services

We are inspired on a daily basis by our surrounding architecture, environment and landscape. We endeavour to create spaces that people want to spend time in. Our primary concern is with our clients needs, hopes and personal ideals, not with any preferences and prejudices of our own.

  • What we can do for you

    Our highly creative design team has the capacity to handle a wide range of projects for private and commercial clients, including but not limited to, residential gardens, commercial spaces and special event installations.  As a result of the high calibre of our design output, our projects are featured regularly in many major lifestyle and gardening magazines, national newspapers and have won national design awards.

    Our design team consists of Director and Garden Life founder, Richard Unsworth, Lead Designer, Rebecca Colechin, Landscape Designer, Sargon Joseph and Landscape Architect, Sonia Martins. We can be as involved in your project as you would like us to be – from simple pot and plant styling packages to a detailed garden where we document your garden and project manage the installation – it’s up to you. We love the opportunity to be involved in a project from inception to completion, we feel this maintains design integrity and ensures your project is built to our high standards.

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    Tell us about yourself and your project and we’ll get in touch to arrange a catch-up.


    Below is a brief outline of the different levels of service we can provide.



  • Small Space Design - Balcony Design - from $1,500.00

    As it’s name explains, our Balcony Design Service is targeted towards inner city balcony spaces needing an aesthetic update.  Incorporating Garden Life’s unique range of pots and accessories, it’s a great way to rejuvenate your outdoor space with pot, plant and furniture selections and layout.

    The Balcony Design includes an on-site consultation where we attend your property, measure up your space and get a good understanding of the aspect and site constraints.

    Following the site visit, the designer will prepare a layout plan which will provide location and specification of plants, pots and other design elements like furniture and cushions.  The layout plan is supported by a sample-board with imagery of all the suggested elements.

    We will then present this to you in our shop space, along with detailed costing for supply and installation.  Garden Life pots and plants are available to design clients at a 15% discount (from our RRP).

    Small Space Design from $1,500.00 (incl. GST) includes one on-site consultation.

  • Small Space Design - Courtyard Design - from $2,500.00

    For the inner city space that needs a designer’s eye to cleverly pull together detailed surface finishes, thoughtful layout and an enticing plant palette.

    The courtyard design includes an on-site consultation where we attend your property, measure up your space and get a good understanding of the aspect and site conditions.  For larger spaces, we do require a scaled plan or survey from which to work from.

    Following the site visit, the designer will prepare a landscape plan and elevations which will provide a high level of detail.  The plan is accompanied by a sample-board with imagery of all the suggested plant species and hard surface finishes.

    We will then present this to you in our shop space, along with detailed costing for supply and installation of the specified plants, soil rejuvenation and irrigation.  Garden Life pots and plants are available to our design clients at a 15% discount (from our RRP)

    Courtyard Design starts from $2,500.00 (incl. GST) includes on-site consultation.

  • Preliminary Design Meeting - $300.00

    The preliminary design meeting is an opportunity for our clients to meet with our design team and develop an initial rapport.

    The visit allows for in-depth discussions about what you want to achieve in your space, as well as a chance for the team to analyse the project heroes and constraints. This meeting is crucial to develop a good understanding of the scope of works that you would like us to help you with.

    Following  this meeting, our team will prepare a design fee proposal based on your  agreed scope of works for your approval.

    Meeting duration runs up to 1 hour.

    Preliminary Design Meeting – $330.00(incl GST) deducted from our design fees if you choose to proceed with our design services.

  • Detailed Concept Design - from $4,400.00

    The detailed concept design is where we combine your requirements and desires, with our creativity, to develop a functional, enduring and aesthetic design solution for your garden.  We approach each project with fresh eyes, spending time familiarising ourselves with the site conditions, getting to know your likes, dislikes, ideas for the space and practical requirements.

    After we have collected this information we will create a unique concept design for your space, addressing the requirements addressed above.  The concept plan includes a plan of your garden, sections and elevations, sample-boards illustrating design elements, plant material and design intent.

    If council approval is required, an application is prepared once the Concept Plan is completed and approved by you.  The landscape plan for council submission is usually costed as a separate item in addition to the concept design fee.

    Detailed Concept Design – from $4,400.00 (incl GST)

  • Development Application

    Our team of qualified Landscape Designers and Architects can prepare documents for DA and CDC applications as required.

    Garden Life have practised knowledge of the Exempt and Complying Development Codes and extensive knowledge of Council Development Control Plans, Local Environmental Plans, SEPP’s and processes.  We can work alongside your Project Architect to prepare a landscape plan to accompany house plans or we can prepare entire applications for separate landscape development proposals.

    Our team also have experience liaising with developers, planners, certifiers, arborists, hydraulic engineers, structural engineers and geotechnical engineers.

    Fees provided on a per-project basis

  • Construction Documentation - from $2,200.00

    Further refining the scheme presented at the concept stage, the construction documentation stage provides essential information form which the design can be quoted and built. This stage is extremely important in ensuring the integrity of the design is realised to the highest standards

    This stage typically includes:

    • Detailed Setout Plans
    • Planting Plans
    • Material Specification
    • Detailed/Shop Drawings
    • Garden Lighting Plans
    • Landscape Installation Quotation

    The complexity of the design will guide the fees for the construction documentation stage.  A comprehensive fee proposal is issued following completion of the concept design stage.

  • Installation and Maintenance

    This is where the fun begins! Garden Life’s team of designers, horticulturalists and project managers can work together to bring the design to life. We can undertake all softscape installation, plant supply and product installation, and can organise sub-contractors to complete other works as required. Following installation, should you prefer to not look after your garden yourself, Garden Life can suggest a number of maintenance services which you can employ to ensure the garden develops to its full potential. Be sure to chat with us about this at the end of your installation for more information.

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