1. Initial Visit & Briefing
Free of charge, I will visit you and your garden to discuss your ideas and aspirations for the space.
This is usually an informal visit, which involves us walking around the garden together and getting to know any particular likes or dislikes you might have. A rough idea of budget is also useful to have in mind.
I will respond with a written proposal, including my interpretation of the brief, proposed approach and process, along with design fees and timings.
2. Survey & Site Analysis
If your garden is quite small and straight-forward, I can usually survey the garden myself. This involves measuring the garden, taking photographs and recording important details such as position and species of key trees and large shrubs, soil type, changes in level and areas of light and shade.
Larger, more complicated gardens are likely to require a professional topographical survey. I can arrange this and obtain quotes from qualified surveyors.
3. Design Proposals
During this meeting I will present my creative ideas for the garden in answer to the brief, including an annotated scale design plan, 3D visuals, sketches and support imagery to help visualise key elements, such as materials, plants, features and colour schemes.
Following discussion, I will develop the designs further, to incorporate your comments and feedback, allowing a final design to be agreed and signed off for implementation.
4. Detail Drawings & Specifications
During this stage, I will produce a final design masterplan with measurements and setting out information. Construction details will be produced for all key hard landscaping elements of the garden, as well as a full written specification.
This information will allow contractors to quote for building the garden and I can oversee the tender process in order to ensure that competitive quotes are obtained and the best contractor for the job appointed.
5. Garden Construction
Once a contractor has been appointed, I will monitor the construction of the garden and liaise closely with the team to ensure that the garden is built to high quality standards and meets the specification.
6. Planting Plan & Setting Out
I will produce a full planting plan and schedule, specifying species, variety, size and spacings for all plants.
I can help with sourcing and supply of plants and liaise with trade nurseries on delivery.
Once the garden is ready for planting, I will set out the plants on site for the contractor to plant.