Planning / Sketches / Hand Drawings / Preliminary Design
Most often, a simple pen and a sheet of paper are our tools of choice in creating our initial designs. Believing that almost nothing compares to a well-done, hand-drawn sketch, Reinhard uses this efficient technique as a conduit for transforming his ideas into a first representation of the client's wishes and notions.
Photoshop / Sketch-up / 3D & Animation / Media & Show
When a realistic view is required, we are able to manipulate and merge the present-day image with the design ideas. For the projects that necessitate extremely detailed planning from the onset, we utilize specialized graphic programs. Handmade models of Styrofoam or clay work very well in bringing design concepts to life and even creating animation or movie clips is appropriate in some instances to provide our client a realistic preview of his ideas.
Master Plan / Conceptual Design / Management Support / Idea Development
In order for a large-scale project to be successful, it must evolve with a focus on every detail. Aside from the natural expectations of beauty, the aspects of practicality, cost efficiency, ease of maintenance and ecological sustainability must also be taken into account.
Thus, the correct questions are asked and the responses executed with a sense not only of the customer's needs, but also those of the end-user, such as visitors or tenants.
This interpretation is vital and best brought into reality through our early involvement in the conceptual process.
Auto Cad / Execution Design / Detail Drawings / Design Development
Once the client has approved the conceptual designs, they are translated into technical drawings that can be followed precisely by a contractor. The transition from hand drawings to digital versions is done through the use of 'Auto CAD' programs, which are widely used among surveyors and technicians. Objective data is easily applied using the computer, whereas more artistic and subjective touches such as the shapes of natural landscapes, aquascapes, desertscapes or rockscapes as well as certain planting arrangements should always be sketched in by hand and carefully supervised during execution.
Bill of Quantities / Quotations / Estimates / Tendering
An important aspect of our project management is in ensuring that our client receives the most value for his investment in terms of materials, workmanship and the end product. Our support includes the preparation of a scope of work, list of deliverables or BoQ (Bill of Quantity), the evaluation of all tenders and assistance with selecting supplies prior to sign-off.
Review / Documentation / Report / Advise
At many points throughout the phases of design and execution, it is imperative to connect with the client. This may be during the initial interview through an exchange of ideas, with the continual re-assessment of an existing project or even by providing a review of an independent design. Comprehensive documentation is an essential tool in maintaining consistency, ensuring transparency and establishing accountability.
Supervision / Project Coordination / Checking & Testing / Handing Over
Consistent surveillance of the project from creation to realization is a guarantee that your landscape design will be executed and maintained as specified. Along with site supervision, we can coordinate all aspects of the project in terms of timing, works-pace and materials and ensure that the craftsmanship on all levels meets our approval.
When nearing completion, we can assist in checking and testing as well as commissioning and handing over.
Construction / Building / Maintenance / Gardening
Reinhard and his team have been formally trained as landscape gardeners and are therefore fully capable of hands-on work such as paving, fence construction, and structural works like stairs and walls. The ability to collaborate with, supervise and mentor collateral workers as required is an important factor in ensuring the quality of the project. As well, participating in practical garden work and maintenance is essential in order to avoid the analogy of an 'ivory tower' in regard to design.
Fact Finding / Research / Analysis / Diagnosis / Internet Research
Every project bears new challenges. We continuously strive to expand our knowledge by browsing through technical literature, researching the market or conducting other fact finding missions. In this internet-era, a lot of information is delivered right to our doorstep, but when needed, we also go out in the field and analyze the facts in the traditional way.
Teaching / Training / Education / Events
We offer a wide range of mentoring solutions which include workshops, instructional sessions or schedules and manuals for maintenance. Where appropriate, we offer educational internships or travel events to young people in a variety of settings. These can be combined with participating in charitable projects. In kindergartens and schools we co-ordinate and conduct 'do-it-yourself' workshops for kids, parents and teachers, which allow a wonderful hands-on experience. All events are managed by us with skill, experience and determination.
Preparation / Travel / Arrangements / Site & Equipment Setup
"If you fail to prepare you prepare to fail."
Our preparatory arrangements form the foundation of every project we undertake, and we provide a complete and chronological accounting of all time spent on your behalf.