THE DETAILS ARE NOT THE DETAILS. THEY MAKE THE DESIGN. CHARLES EAMES
The first part of the design process is to 'take the brief' - getting to know you and understanding your needs and wants for the garden. My job is to interpret and translate this into a design that works for you and is sympathetic to house and setting, as well as the all-important budget. I am used to working with all sizes of budget and advising clients at the outset on what kind of garden is achievable and realistic to expect from this. Whatever the budget, I aim to ensure the build is of the highest quality possible within the available spend.
I offer two garden design services, as described below, but these can be flexible depending on the needs of each project, and I am always happy to have a chat about which service would meet your requirements.
I am frequently asked to design a garden as a consequence of renovations or a new house extension and work with other professionals, such as architects, builders and suppliers, often 'off plan', before construction begins. Planning the garden early ensures different work streams for house and garden are coordinated.
ESSENTIAL DESIGN SERVICE
If your garden is small (up to 150 square metres), your budget is under £15,000 and/or you want to build the garden yourself, this may be all you need to kick start your project.
For a one-off fee of £750 I will provide a concept design and a basic layout plan from which the garden can be built.
The service includes:
An initial consultation/site visit of 1-2 hours during which I will discuss your requirements in depth and develop the brief with you. This will be followed up by a short questionnaire on your preferences for materials, plants and how you want to use the garden.
Site analysis, topographical site survey, photographic survey
Initial concept ideas with explanatory 3D visuals.
A final 2D concept design on plan with 3D visuals, along with a dimensioned plan for setting out.
The service does not include detailed construction drawings, technical specification or planting plans. We can discuss requirements should these arise, and I will quote based on my hourly rate.
COMPLETE DESIGN SERVICE
If your garden is large or has more complex design requirements this is the service for you.
It includes everything in the Essential Design Service, as well as producing detailed technical construction drawings, planting plans and monitoring the build.
This image below shows an example of a construction drawing I prepared for a garden rill.
For more information on the design process, please click here.
For after-care visits at an agreed frequency and duration to ensure the garden develops as intended and to advise you on any maintenance queries.
PLANTING MAINTENANCE PLAN
Supply of a maintenance schedule for each plant for the first few years, advising you what to do, when, to keep your garden looking as intended.