The Garden Design Process
Designing your garden involves a number of stages, so for simplicity, we have broken this down into three options. For an ‘at-a-glance guide’, please see the table below:
Option 1 – Garden Consultation Only
Regardless of project size or budget, we begin with a minimum 2-hour consultation at your home or property. Chris will meet with you, along with partners, kids (and dogs, if you like!), to discuss your needs and wishes. Spending time outside with you in the garden, Chris will listen to your ideas, sharing his thoughts and expertise, which will result in a sketch of a very loose vision for your garden. The aim will be to get to know each other, and to both inspire and excite you about the potential for your garden. Even if you’re just looking for ideas to redesign the garden yourself, Chris will give you the confidence to move forward with some tangible ideas that you can put into action. Chris may leave you with some rough sketches or suggestions for how to proceed.
We also discuss your budget in terms of any limitations or opportunities. Your budget will be considered in relation to our garden design fees.
Option 2 – Garden Concept Design
The next stage would be to progress the outcome of our initial consultation into a working concept design. This will involve a full survey of the garden, measured to scale, and an analysis of site conditions. Designing how your new garden layout is going to look, ideas will be presented to you, as either 2D hand-drawn plans or a 3D visual. The design will include suggestions for hard landscaping materials and ‘mood boards’ that evoke the feel of the planned garden.
Once you’re happy with your garden design, the approved concept will be turned into a 2D scale plan, showing dimensions and general material guidance. This will enable a landscaper to be able to provide a quote (it will be up to you to agree the exact materials to be used, which can affect the quoted costs). We can provide you with trusted contractors or you’re welcome to use your own.
Option 3 – Concept to Completion
We can help take care of the whole garden creation process for you. We would work through options 1 + 2, and then act on your behalf to find contractors to build the garden for you. A detailed specification is drawn up to ensure that both you and the contractor know exactly what materials and finishes are to be used in the garden. We will liaise onsite with the landscapers to discuss the project in detail, always obtaining up to 3 quotations based on approved and detailed plans, so you can choose who you would most like to work with.
We will cover lighting, water features and bespoke elements that are to be used in your garden. Where required, we will provide construction drawings to avoid any misunderstandings between designer, client and contractors. This gives you greater security in the event that something is not built to the agreed plan; we can act as a moderator in any dispute.
We will monitor the progress of the project, help manage timescales where possible, and visit your garden regularly during the build to make sure it is going to plan.
Finally, we will create a planting plan for your garden and a quote for the supply and planting to high horticultural standards. Our planting team can then come in once the building work is completed and finish off your garden ready for you to enjoy!