Landscape Architecture / Design

STAGE 1 – Design Consultation

Fee Information: $250 + GST

This stage will involve a site visit to discuss ideas and options for your garden design, including swimming pool or spa, outdoor entertaining and/or cooking areas, planting styles, preliminary finishes, connection to existing spaces and internal living etc. We will also talk through your budget for the project and the best way to manage this through design and construction.

After the initial site visit you will be supplied with a design fee proposal. The design fee proposal will consist of a design brief developed from discussions during the consultation.

– Concept Design

Following acceptance of the design fee proposal we will then begin work on the concept design package which includes a scaled and annotated concept plan, mood board, 3D perspectives and animation, along with a budget estimate of construction costs. Following your initial feedback on both design and budget we will then refine the concept and turn the budget estimate into a construction quote.

During this process we will look to address all items within the brief, along with any other specific requests, in order to ensure the final concept meets both design brief and budget. We will also determine whether the project requires any approvals, and if so what type of approval (eg. CDC or DA)

– Approval Drawings and Documentation (CDC/DA)

This stage will be included if the project requires approval through either council (Development Application) or a private certifier (Complying Development Consent). In the case of a DA we will need to design your landscape area in accordance with the local councils DCP. We will also be required to supply extra drawings and documentation to support the DA submission. A CDC requires the landscape design to strictly comply with the state legislated Complying Development Code, and a number of detail drawings and documents will need to be prepared in order to clearly explain this to the private certifier engaged to approve the works.

As part of this stage we may need to engage other professionals depending on the elements of the design and the council requirements for your area.

– Design Detailing + Documentation

This stage involves the preparation of construction drawings to refine the concept plan and detail finishes for the project. This stage includes drawings and specifications for the key construction elements along with any required design development and detailing throughout the construction process. This will include site visits, plant set-out and detail drawings, such as planting and lighting plans, along with the specification of all materials and a meeting to review and approve these items prior to construction commencement.

Initial site consultation will cost $250+GST. During this meeting we will discuss a design fee proposal – including a detailed design brief and the associated costs involved with the concept stage. We will also provide you with information relating to the costs of the remaining stages of the design project, which are dependant on the scale, complexity and required approvals involved in completing your landscape design.

Yes. Fifth Season are Licensed Structural Landscapers and Pool builders, with an in-house construction team who manage a hand picked group of specialist trades. All sub-contractors understand the importance and quality of our work ethics, resulting in high levels of attention to detail.

Pool Design & Construction

Yes. The Fifth Season Design Team will design a pool that is integrated into the wider landscape within your premises. The design of a good pool has to consider style, aesthetic, scale, aspect, material and product selection.

During the pool design stage, the details of your pool are created based on your wants, needs and budget – combined with our nous for pool design and construction. This will include size, shape, step design and swim-outs as well as spas, water features and material finishes.

Yes. As fully licensed pool builders, we proudly construct all pools with our in-house professional team. We design and build in conjunction with the surrounding landscaping works. Not only does this compress the construction time but you’ll get one dedicated Site Manager, and one set of construction plans – for both pool and landscaping. This eliminates compromising due to crossover.

As with our Landscape Construction, you will be allocated a Construction Manager for your pool and landscaping project. This Manager will be the only point of contact you will require for the entire project – managing everything, including the timeline.

Our pool quotes will include ALL essential items to meet current Australian Standards. This includes all certification and the associated planning / documentation, engineering, supply of tiles and pavers materials, pool fencing and power supply to pool equipment. Getting you in the pool faster, with a lot less effort.

Landscape Construction

Yes. A landscape design will allow us to discuss the project with enough detail to allow for an accurate price estimate. This design process will also determine whether council approvals are required, which can impact cost and timing.

Yes. All items discussed during the design phase will be included in the detailed estimate.

Every landscaping job is unique. Some require approval from your local council and some may be carried out as an exempt development. At Fifth Season Landscapes we do our best to design within the exempt development rules so your design can come to life as quickly as possible – without the hassle and associated costs of dealing with council. If your design does require council approval, we can help manage the process to ensure you are supported from the beginning to the end.

Prior to beginning construction, the Fifth Season Design Team will engage in a detailed handover to both your dedicated Construction Manager and Site Manager. This handover ensures that intricate details are acknowledged and the construction takes place as per the design.

A communication channel remains open throughout the entirety of your project. This ensures consistency and enables the whole team (Design & Construction) remain involved throughout the works – including any ‘tweaks or changes’ along the way. This maximizes the integrity of the design and minimizes compromises due to rushed on-site decisions.

Our construction teams work with and manage, a tight team of specialist trades and sub-contractors who understand the importance of our Construction Programs and our attention to detail.

Your designated Construction Manager is available for phone calls and regular meetings to discuss access, progress and timings – and to answer any of your questions.

Garden Maintenance

Professional garden maintenance is about nurturing your surroundings to ensure a healthy and tidy garden. Each season needs a different program, so we’ll customize a plan to suit your site-specific issues including environmental elements, desired results and allocated budget.

Once your garden has been designed and constructed, you will need to maintain it in order to keep it looking great and encourage the space to reach its full potential.

One of our maintenance professionals will meet you on site for a consultation to help create a plan to ensure your garden gets the right amount of attention – only when it’s needed.

Our rates are based on industry standards for quality workmanship.

Additional materials (fertilizer, pest spray, garden rubbish removal etc.) will be clearly marked on the invoice, so you know exactly what you are paying for.

For any items requested outside of the regular maintenance program, like new plants, pots or irrigation, we will provide a quote including materials and labor for your approval, before commencement.

Lawn Care (residential, strata & acreage)

  • Mowing – based on season & agreed routine
  • Weed, pest and diseases – identification & control methods
  • Fertilizing – tailored programs & rejuvenation
  • Turf installation, aeration, top dress – repairs and new lawns

Garden Care

  • Weed control – mechanical and chemical methods
  • Pruning and hedging – formal and informal
  • Pests and diseases – identification and treatment
  • Mulching and water retention – new gardens to replenishment
  • Plant supply and replacement – small to advanced plant stock


  • Design
  • Installation
  • Maintenance
  • Automation
  • Drip conversions
  • Pop-up sprays

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