Join our supportive landscape design network
We have met many landscape designers that, for one reason or another, lack the confidence and/or knowledge to develop a sound design business of their own. Landscape design as a sole practitioner can be lonely, frustrating and confidence eroding.
We are working towards the creation of a network of landscape designers consulting and designing within the supportive framework of the Cheswick Consultants business.
You are possibly :
A designer (of any age +18) with little to 1-2 years design experience, but perhaps more.
Lacking confidence and experience, perhaps having experienced depression, anxiety or addiction and need a helping hand getting back into the workforce. Perhaps meeting new clients is very stressful, perhaps you have a strong ‘inner critic’ that constantly tells you that your work isn’t good enough.
Unable to work full-time due to family commitments.
We can provide :
Develop your knowledge
Develop your business skills
Support and help improve your confidence.
The design of any landscape is a skilled and sensitive process, existing initially in a designers mind. It's those wonderfully intangible but practical thoughts that you are paying for rather than the piece of paper which we call a plan.
Our design and supervision fees are in line with industry wide fees of 10-15% of construction costs depending on the size of the project. This percentage fee is based on an hourly rate of $120 / hr and the known hours required to complete design, documentation and supervision services.
Fully insured with both Public Liability $20,000,000 and Professional $1,000,000 Indemnity insurances.
Preliminary Design Consultation
Site Feature Survey (this is not a Licensed Survey)
Detailed Site Measures and Preparation of Existing Conditions Plan
Masterplanning & Feasibility Studies
Preliminary Design Development
Planning Application Drawings
Project Specification and Schedule of Finishes
Call Tenders, Liaise with Client and Builders, Attend Contract Signing
Lodge Building Permits and Liaise with Building Surveyors
Site Attendance and Contract Administration
Engagement of Consultants
Our workflow with clients follows a similar pattern with each project:
Site consultation and approval for design fees as a percentage of installation costs.
Presentation of 3D concept animation and initial cost estimate to client
Design revisions. Planting and materials plans and schedules created. Cost estimate refined based on changes.
Presentation of refined 3D and 2D presentation material.