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spend about 10 per cent of the value of the home on landscape design and
installation. That figure includes everything external – all the paving, hard
landscaping, turf, lighting and plants – both at the front and back – as well
as the design and plans drawn up by a professional.
According to Janine Mendel from CultivArt, the cost of the design varies,
but should be proportionate to the final installation budget. “Simple designs
or plant layouts with little paving and minimal structure can be relatively
inexpensive, however more complex designs with water features, swimming
pools, built structures and difficult levels will be proportionately more costly.
“A detailed design showing a dimensioned layout, structures, retaining
walls, boundary walls, levels, lighting and a site-specific planting schedule
can cost between $5000 and $15,000. A small planting schedule and simple
design may start at less than $1000.
“I think you should expect to pay between 10 and 20 percent of the final
cost of your landscape on the design itself,” continues Janine. “This will be
the least expensive, yet most important part of creating a fabulous outdoor
living space.” Of the remaining budget, much will be spent on hard landscaping.
“Sometimes there is a great distance between what a client wishes
to achieve and how much they think it will cost,” explains Matt.
“Landscapes vary in cost for obvious reasons; items such as pools,
pavilions, significant retaining walls and boundary walls are big-ticket
items that can add serious cost to a project.”
The key to keeping costs to a minimum, says Tim, is designing the garden
early on. “The cost of retrofitting hard landscaping, once the house is
complete, is twice as much as it would be at sketch-plan stage,” he explains.
Remember, too, that you will have return on your investment. As a general
rule of thumb, a great, well-maintained garden will add between 10 and
15 percent to the overall value of your property. “Most houses will benefit
substantially in terms of increased property value with the addition of some
good landscaping,” says Janine. So, good landscaping? It’s money well spent
for short- and long-term lifestyle and investment benefits.
CONTACTS CultivArt Landscape Design 0414 865 747, www.cultivart.com.au;
Essentially Green 0439 961 362, www.essentiallygreen.com.au; Evolve Landscape
Design 0409 378 072, www.evolvelandscapedesign.com.au; Newforms Landscape
Architecture (08) 9331 7911, www.newforms.com.au; Tim Davies Landscaping
(08) 9441 0200, www.tdl.com.au .
“If a space is planned properly
and designed properly, then
you shouldn’t need
to spend any serious
money on it for
10 to 15 years”
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