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Bringing your new design to life can require engaging a variety of different contractors. Here are some helpful tips to ensure you end up with the garden of your dreams....

Taking some time now to work through and understand your design will pay dividends later on when dealing with different contractors at the build stage of your new project. It is vital you understand the basic elements of your design to ensure your contractors deliver what is required and on budget. Here are some simple tips to help you on your way; with things to be aware of and familiarize yourself with, when getting quotes for your new outdoor garden space.

Before you can start implementing your design, it is essential you get quotes from quality tradesmen who will give you a more precise estimate of the costs and expenses associated with each stage of your design. Depending on the scale of work involved, you may need more than one contractor to complete the work for you.

Now that you have your Concept and Landscape Designs completed, it will make things much easier when explaining what you require from your contractors and the work that needs to be undertaken. The ability to cross reference your Concept Designs with your Landscape Design will help your contractors better understand what work is required as well as the look of your new outdoor garden space. 

The tradesmen you choose should have a proven track record of quality work and good references. Taking some time to inspect these tradesmen before asking them to quote your design, will help ensure you find the right people for the job.

When meeting with contractors, walk them through your Concept and Landscape Design; pointing out the design details incorporated in your design. This will not only reacquaint yourself with your design, but it will show your contractors you know what you want. 

Tip 1: If you have retaining walls, paving, concreting and/or other hardscapes incorporated in your design, a Builder could be the best point of contact for your new project. A Builder can generally offer very reasonable rates for labour and materials, so it’s definitely worth engaging them as your first point of call.

Tip 2: The best way to find a good contractor, is generally through word of mouth. Ask friends and family if they can recommend someone that might be suitable to quote for your design. Another option in seeking a tradesman are trade websites like or

Tip 3: Always get three or more quotes. Prices for labour and materials can vary significantly between contractors, so it’s important you have several quotes from which to compare.

Tip 4: Make sure they itemise every aspect of their quote. This way you know where your money is going and what you are being charged for. Read the quotes carefully and ask as many questions as you think necessary.

Tip 5: Do not deviate from your design. You have invested time and money into a space that has been designed specifically for you. If contractors wish to change, remove or add elements of your design, you will inevitably compromise the integrity of your design. This will generally lead to bad decisions being made and budgeting issues.

Tip 6: A great site to source current costs is This site allows you to calculate the cost of materials based on your design. From retaining walls to concrete driveways to just about anything to do with trades. It’s a great way to get independent estimates for your design.