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Gold Coast Landscapers

What is landscaping. Is it an art form, is it engineering solutions, is it construction, is it problem solving to create the best possible solution for every individual situation, or is it just plain hard work? I would suggest that landscaping is all of these things and more. If designed and installed correctly landscaping address any drainage issues, create usable outdoor areas, be constructed with integrity to last the test of time and provide a eye pleasing finish for you to enjoy for years to come.

Whilst it is possible to teach different elements of landscaping the only real way to bring them all together is years experience of dealing with different challenges  and creating the solutions needed to overcome them and deliver the best possible finish to any landscape project. Any landscaper who aspires to be good at their job needs to learn through solving problems on the job and creating the best solutions. The question is; do you want someone learning on your job or do you want to feel sure that the person you engage has the experience to complete  your project professionally to the highest possible standard?

When you engage a contractor for your landscape project there are things you should check; 

Ask for and check references.

Check QBCC license details and history. 

Ask your contractor about different options for your works i.e fences, retaining walls, concrete etc. A good contractor will have at least 2 or 3 options and be able to explain the pros and cons. Make sure you feel comfortable with the person you engage for your project. Remember experience counts, not all good landscapers have been around for a long time but all landscapers that have been around for a long time are good ones.

When you engage a  contractor to deliver your landscape project ensure that they can complete the scope of works required to deliver the finished product. If other trades are to be engaged, such as plumbers, electricians, renderers ensure that the contractor you choose has a  Builder Restricted to Structural Landscape license, otherwise they will not be able to engage other contractors to perform your works legally.Potentially leaving you to deal with and organize other trades and contractors. This can be time consuming, add to construction time and costs and frustrating if you don’t understand exactly what has to happen to finish your landscape project. If you engage a contractor who is capable of quoting all of your works there should be nothing left out of the pricing, everything should be considered and the quotation should reflect the true cost of the project to be undertaken so that you don’t end up with a costly extras bill at the end of the job. This also means that the project is considered as a whole, all sections of works being performed in consideration of the next stage to provide you with the best possible finish to your landscape project.

Bluestone Landscaping has been servicing the Gold Coast/South Brisbane area for more than 10 years. Our staff have been landscaping for more than 25 years and are ready to provide you with the best possible service. We specialise in refurbishment and restoration of existing private residential landscaping. From repair/replacement of retaining walls to garden rejuvenation and full landscape refurbishments. We value our customers and endeavour to provide them with the best possible solutions, personalized service and an experience that means you will want to  refer us to your friends. Whether it be our polite, courteous staff; attention to detail; site cleanliness and organization or our willingness to go that extra yard to make sure our customers are happy.

If you are considering a landscape project that involves;

retaining walls; timber, concrete sleeper, linkwall,  block

retaining walls higher than 1 metre fences; colourbond, timber,  blueboard,  pool fencing.

concreting; plain, exposed, covercreting drainage

deckspergolas and patios paving 

tiling turf and gardens water features irrigation design  and consultation

Please contact us at Bluestone Landscaping for an obligation free quote. We Service all areas of the Gold Coast and South Brisbane. From Coolangatta, Elanora, Southport, Ormeau, Willowvale, Hope Island, Maudsland, Ashmore, Robina, Logan, Springwood and all areas in between. Whatever your needs we look forward to servicing you landscaping requirements.

Retaining wall with fence

 

 

 

Often retaining walls are situated on the boundary line of a property. This means that they are also in alignment with the boundary fence. This can create some interesting challenges to ensure that the you get the best possible solution. If you are considering a project in the Gold Coast, South Brisbane region I hope you find the following article of assistance.

Types of construction

The first step is the selection of wall and fence type. One of the most common solutions is a sleeper retaining wall, either timber or concrete sleeper with a timber or colour bond fence. Any combination of wall and fence will allow for both to be built inline with the boundary, saving space and providing the best structural solution. There are other options of retaining walls and fencing however they may not suit all situations or be practical at all when considering the construction of a retaining wall/fence combination in alignment with a boundary. Other options may take up too much room, not allow for the fence to be fitted properly or not be able to be constructed in a manner that is structurally sound.

Considerations

Once the selection of construction method of the wall and fence has been selected there are further considerations in relation to approvals, certification and council requirements. Such considerations would include things like; is the retaining wall/fence combination going to exceed the minimum height that is required for a relaxation; will the retaining wall/fence combination cross a sewer or stormwater line; will the height of the retaining wall exceed one metre. If the wall exceeds one metre in height it will require an engineers design. The design will need to comply with the relevant Australian Standards. All of these potential issues can and should  be addressed by you contractor.

Choosing a contractor

Choosing your contractor may be the most difficult part of your project. The outcome of your project will depend on their experience and capabilities.                                                                                 Your contractor should:- be licensed correctly with QBCC, any retaining wall over 1 metre in height will require that the contractor hold a Builder Restricted to Structural Landscape  license.   -Should be able to provide references from recent clients.  -Be able to demonstrate that they have the knowledge about various methods of construction to ensure you endupwiththebestpossible outcome.  -Be able to engage an engineer/certifier on your behalf and deal with all relevant approvals.  – Be able to produce all relevant insurances, especially in relation to subcontractors and working adjacent to roads. You/your insurance may be held responsible if you engage a contractor who does not have the relevant insurance and there is an accident.   -Maybe the most important thing to consider is to make sure that you feel comfortable with your choice of contractor.                        -Care about your landscape project more than you do.

Many of the larger companies provide a one size fits all solution to your landscaping project. Their main point of difference is that they can build your retaining wall/fence “cheaply”. They only use/sell one method of construction and will contract out your work to anyone they can get to do it for the “right price”. The salesman you dealt with initially takes no further part in you project. This usually means that you end up with an inferior final product that could have been avoided if you had the correct contractor to begin with. Sometimes the little bit extra it costs to deal with someone who cares about your project and will ensure you get the best possible outcome will be the best money you spend on the whole job.

The owner of Bluestone Landscaping has been building retaining walls/fences and landscaping on the Gold coast for the past twenty five years. We at Bluestone Landscaping would love to have the opportunity to provide a quotation for your project. Let us take the hassle out of your retaining wall/fence project. We can provide you with the best solutions, deal with all the engineering and approval requirements and we are fully licensed and insured.

Thank you if you have managed to read this far, I hope that you have found some value in this article. We would love to hear from you if you require and further assistance/quotation for your retaining wall/fence project.

Gold Coast Landscape Drainage Solutions

Drainage is an integral part of any landscape project. Sometimes drainage needs to be retro fitted to alleviate drainage problems. Usually this is because the drainage was not considered when the landscaping was constructed. Whilst not ideal there are many options to consider when fitting drainage retrospectively.
Such options would consist of
-fitting of drainage pipes and pits.
-minor alterations to existing landscaping to direct/control water flow.
-installation of subsurface drainage.
-installation of waterproof membranes to inhibit water flow.

Of course the best solution for drainage is to consider the issues during construction and install the correct drainage solutions into the landscape project. Retaining walls, falls and land levels, installation of paved/hard surfaces, subsurface drainage, pipes and pits etc should all be considered when creating the best possible solution for the drainage of your landscape project.

Finding A Reputable Gold Coast Landscape Contractor

There a plenty of people out there who are present themselves as landscapers, however potential customers need to be aware not all is as it seems. So how can you tell if you are engaging the services of a reputable contractor or some “fly by nighter”, who will change their phone number once your job is finished.
1.Check their BSA trade license. Make sure the license is for the correct trade i.e structural landscaping. Make sure the name on the card matches the name of the company / individual you are dealing with. Make sure you get a signed contract for the work to be carried out.
2.Ask for trade references and check them out. View the contractors previous projects.
3.Don’t fall for the cheapest price. Call for more than one quote and compare the description of works and price quoted. ASK QUESTIONS!