Landscaping & Design Services

Carmel at Serendipity Garden Designs specialises in designing inspired spaces that enrich your wellbeing and life at home. Working closely with you and understanding how you function in the space, Carmel can design a space for you to thrive, that’s created to nurture you and your surrounding environment. 

Carmel enjoys using local materials to anchor her designs and create a sense of place. Carmel’s preference is to work with local Native Plant species, exploring how these choices can enhance biodiversity.



1. Consultation

You may have a clear idea of what it is you want with your landscape design, or have no idea what would work for your space. Either way Serendipity Garden Designs is here to discuss your ideas, goals and site specific requirements and to understand together what opportunities your property holds.

During the consultation, Carmel will learn and understand how you intend to enjoy the space, and what is important to you and your family. The consultation is your opportunity to share your thoughts, feelings and intentions for your outdoor space/s. Carmel will discuss a range of design options, essential design elements, budget and time frame.

Allow 1 to 1.5hrs for the consultation, at the end of which, Carmel will have an understanding of your vision. Design consultations do incur a fee.

Following the consultation a design fee proposal is developed which will outline fees and will be emailed to you for consideration.

Serendipity Garden Designs - Landscape Designer Northern NSW - Process

2. Concept Design

While working in collaboration with you, a Concept Design Plan will be developed. Your input and feedback is welcome to enable the best possible design to be produced for your garden and landscape. It will include a scaled concept plan, planting schedule and material choices.

You will have the opportunity to make minor adjustments at this stage if required.

3. Documentation

Documentation is the process of obtaining Local Council approval for construction/s proposed in the Concept Design Plan of a garden. This is obtained either directly though Council or with a private certifier.

Not all landscape construction requires Council approval. Depending on our vision and what we’re looking to achieve for your project, any relevant checks are researched prior to or during the Concept Design stage and taken into consideration.

Landscapes requiring approval will incur additional fees (e.g. documentation, private certifier &/or Local Council) and will be made clear to you at initial consultation and/or during the Concept Design stage. 

Please note that Development Applications are costed separately to the concept plan and will depend on your Local Council’s submission requirements.

4. Construction & Maintenance

Once your design has been signed off and appropriate approvals received (if applicable), it’s time to construct your new space. Serendipity Garden Designs works with a skilled team of Landscape Contractors in order to bring your new garden and outdoor area to life.

Carmel will assist you in engaging the required professionals to construct your garden design.