Inner West garden story part 2 – Detailing the design

9 Jul

You’ve seen the site, and the concepts in the previous Inner West post.  You can read it here if you missed it, or if you need a refresher, it was a little while ago.

The next stages involved refining the design and detailing and documenting to enable construction.  This is sometimes the hardest part of the design process.  It involves some hard decisions, compromises and a lot of calculations and cold hard facts.  This is the part, as a designer you can either fall in love or fall apart with your design.

After chewing through a lot of butter paper and a fair amount of red wine (most of our design discussions were held over food or between kid minding duties) a final design was reached.  It was time for the hard work to start.  Fortunately, they already had a landscape contractor they wanted to use, so there was no real need for a full set of documentation and specification.  We agreed that I’d put together a basic set of detail and planting plans.

Some of the butter paper workings

What does a basic set of plans entail?  It’s still a fair bit of work, especially when you’re a hand drawer, but you need to get them right to ensure that your design is communicated and able to be translated into a living breathing garden. I prepared 3 basic plans and some details and planting schedule.

The final plans

1. Site set out, demolition and general information – gives basic site information and instructions to the contractor.

2. Hardworks and finishes plan – this included all the basics hardworks finishes like paving, garden edging and drainage.

3. Softworks plan – identifying all plants, their location and size.  The accompanying plant schedule provided quantities and container sizes.

4. Some basic construction details were also provided.  As I was assuming that the contractor could knock off the basics, I was more concerned with the construction of the retaining wall and ensuring this was sound.

I seemed like the design process took forever, but eventually the construction was underway.  Here are some “in progress” photos.

I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Sam

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