Preparing plans and documentation for building and development approval for commercial landscape design and planning projects are the core of the business. Examples of work for developers, architects, landscape contractors and builders extend from Brisbane to Alice Springs and Cape York with an extensive list of regular and new clients. As one of the first landscape designers to be listed on the Cairns Regional Council Approved Landscape Architects and Designers list I have an extensive knowledge of local planning policies and requirements and I have worked as a consultant in the planning and environment section of Cairns Regional Council http://www.cairns.qld.gov.au/ and been involved in revisions to the FNQROC (Far North Queensland Regional Organisation of Councils) http://www.fnqroc.qld.gov.au/
Hard and soft landscaping elements such as swimming pools, gazebos, pergolas and outdoor dining areas are all part of the landscape plan. A good design should stand the test of time and work well with the minimum of maintenance and meet the client’s budget. Frequently work involves a team of other consultants such as building designers, architects, engineers and interior designers. Projects have ranged from special needs areas in schools to medical centres, unit developments, car showrooms, warehouses and offices. Each project is approached with great enthusiasm and is often a great opportunity to develop an interesting but functional design.
Optional rendering and 3D modelling of plans using programs such as Sketchup https://www.sketchup.com/products/sketchup-pro help give clients a more easily understandable presentation of the project so that they now can have more involvement in the design process.