Design: The Process
This is the first step in designing your garden. I will visit your garden and talk through your initial design ideas, any practical issues, and budget.
This meeting will establish how you want to use your outdoor space and what you would like included in the design, such as areas for eating, sitting/relaxing, storage and screening. It also gives you a chance to meet me and see some of my work.
I will then write to you confirming the design brief and a quotation for the cost of the design work.
SITE SURVEY AND ANALYSIS
Once the quotation is approved, a site analysis takes place to assess the aspect, views, soil conditions, drainage, existing features and any other issues that may affect the design.
For small urban gardens I can carry out a detailed survey, but for larger or more complex sites, I would recommend that this is carried out by a Land Surveyor.
CONCEPT PLANS, MOOD BOARDS AND MASTER LAYOUT PLAN
A concept plan of the new garden is drawn up, using images, 3D visuals and hard landscaping materials to show you what the new garden will look like.
Throughout this stage you will have input into the final design. Once the concept plan has been agreed, the final Master Layout Plan will be drawn up to scale, and will show enough detail for contractors to work from.
CONSTRUCTION AND SITE VISITS
I will help to choose a contractor suitable for your project, taking into consideration the location, project scale and materials to be used.
Once a contractor has been appointed, I will visit the site during the build phase from beginning to end as required, making sure the construction follows the agreed design and specification, and that the work is carried out to the highest professional standards.
I will produce a planting plan regarding preferences, local conditions and plants that are suitable for the site. Plants are chosen for size, texture, form and colour, attractiveness to various pollinators as well as maintenance level and suitability of soil.
Planting plans are produced showing the location and spacing of all plants selected for the garden, and a plant schedule lists the sizes and quantities for costing and ordering.
I will manage the delivery of trees and plants, and also be responsible for planting on site.
Once the garden is completed, maintenance schedules can be drawn up to make sure the garden investment is maintained to keep it looking its best.