Boroondara Dual Occupancy Landscape Plan
The most common type of planning permit that we prepare landscape plans for are dual occupancies. These are particularly popular for new clients who haven’t undertaken a development before. Despite us doing so many of them and the fact that most clients have a similar brief (for low maintenance landscaping on a budget) every single plan is quite different.
There are many factors to consider when preparing the landscape plan for a dual occupancy.
The amount and shape of the space in the front setback and each private open space (and sometimes the preferences of our client and council) will determine whether including a lawn is appropriate.
Access paths need to be included to connect the external doors of the dwellings to the gates and driveways.
Arranging the private opens space area to include a location for bin storage, clothesline, rain water tank, the required external storage area, a canopy tree and screen planting can be a complicated task in a small private open space and we aim to make sure these are kept as simple and tidy as possible. We show clotheslines, water tanks and bins that are actually available to ensure that they really will fit in the allocated space and be functional.
The plant selection then changes with every project, determined by the aspect and exposure of the garden bed, the soil type and climate of the local area (which varies widely just within Greater Melbourne), the specific requirements of the relevant council or VCAT ruling and the width of the garden beds. Plants are carefully chosen to ensure they will thrive in the location with minimal maintenance and to ensure they won’t outgrow their position.
Many dual occupancies involve retaining an existing house on the property and constructing a new dwelling in the rear. These projects tend to involve the same amount of attention from us as a brand new dual occupancy on a cleared site. There may be a landscaped front setback that can be retained as it is (and this will significantly reduce the cost of landscape construction) but we still need to show it on the landscape plan, which means going to the site and measuring and notating all of the existing landscaping and then adding it to the landscape plan. The private open space of the existing house may be able to retain an existing path, paved entertaining area and lawn but we would usually be required to add a canopy tree and some screen planting to the new boundary fence.