Landscape Plans – DA

Most councils across NSW require a landscape plan for new development applications. In general, the plan should include a detailed site analysis of existing and proposed hard and soft landscape features. It should also contain information on:

  • existing trees and other vegetation to be retained or removed, including information on species, height, spread of canopy and diameter of trunk
  • location of building footprint
  • schedule of proposed plantings indicating species, massing and mature height
  • existing and proposed fences and retaining walls and their proposed heights and materials
  • drainage structures
  • location of outdoor clothes drying area

We decided to engage Out There Landscapes and Design to prepare our plan. You can read more about our concept meeting with Emily in this post. After only one round of changes, Emily sent us the final plan incorporating as much of our ideas on paper as possible but keeping the planting schedule to the minimum required by our council. 

We are very happy with our experience with Emily and her team. The process couldn’t have been more simple, straight forward and fun! What a contrast when compared to where we are with Metricon right now. We will use this plan as a starting point when we get around to doing the front and rear yard but given our current dramas with the house plans, it feels very much like such a long road ahead.

Landscape plan for DA

Landscape plan for DA

Landscape Plans

You know that saying ‘when it rains, it pours‘? Well after weeks of not much real action, it has been a busy week on the admin front. We signed off on the demolition quote after much deliberation on the contractor to hire and a bit of haggling over the fine print. And as I mentioned in yesterday’s blog post, our file is also now with the Metricon design team working on preparing all the plans, drawings and reports required for council submission. One of these reports is a landscape plan showing the proposed hard and soft landscape works and planting schedules including proposed planting location, species, heights and spreads.

Landscape Plans

Landscape Plans

Nick and I had our initial landscape consultation with Emily from OutThere Landscapes and Design to discuss our ideas for the front and rear garden. If first impressions are anything to go by then we are in very capable hands. Emily was not only knowledgeable about the ins and outs of our local council requirements but she was so easy to talk to and shared a lot of common aesthetic. We left the meeting confident and happy that she fully understood our vision.

So what is ‘the brief‘ I hear you ask? Nick and I are no green thumbs so we are going for something practical that looks attractive but requires very little upkeep. We want a relaxing space for our family to enjoy and a child-friendly backyard where our kids could run around and play to their hearts content.

We also want a seamless transition between the indoor and outdoor living spaces by putting in decking that wraps around the whole back section of the house. The bucket list is brimming with nice-to-have’s that at this point are heavily dependent on how well we stick to the budget. One on the wish list is the in-ground concrete pool that we would love to build before the new house but is now on the wait list after handover.

Here are some of the ideas for the front garden

Front fencing with slats

Front fencing with slats to give the house some definition

Paved pathway to the front door

Paved pathway to the front door

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Timber decking around the portico

For the back garden, I envision a lush weed-resistant lawn worthy of a world class golf course with low maintenance perimeter plants. I’m also dreaming of an outdoor entertainer’s delight with built-in barbecue and an inviting oasis to put our feet up and enjoy a glass of chardy.

My idea of a perfect outdoor living space

My idea of a perfect outdoor living space

Dream pool

Dream pool

Collage of beautiful images for the side garden

Collage of beautiful images for the side garden

I can’t wait to see our vision for the exterior reflected in Emily’s landscape plan. It’s so good to be ticking things off the to-do list! Baby steps…