THE STARTING POINT
All designs start with the initial consultation meeting to establish what we are working with and how much of your garden is to be designed. For instance, you may have a blank canvas such as a new house on a plot or may be it’s a mature garden with many years of growing behind it. Perhaps it’s a small walled courtyard, an overgrown and out of control area or a field requiring change of use to a domestic garden. If you do not need a full design, we’ll look at the part of your garden in question.
THE SURVEY & SITE ANALYSIS
This is the first stage of the design process. A thorough survey takes place to gather all the information required to produce drawings of your new garden. Typically we will measure dimensions, assess boundary applications, take outside dimensions of your property, carry out a levels survey, plot existing planting and structures, take a photographic record, note aspects, views etc. the list goes on.
For larger and more complex sites, the services of a professional land surveyor may be sought. This survey will provide a great amount of detail. If required, a Surveyor can be commissioned on your behalf, the fee being met by you directly.
THE CLIENT BRIEF
If time permits, before a consultation, you will receive a Client Questionnaire the purpose of which is designed to focus your mind on your requirements. Many clients have said how helpful it is to have this prior to a meeting whereupon your answers and queries will be discussed in depth. The size of the project will determine how much time is required to formulate the brief – the bigger the project the more time is required.
THE CONCEPT PLAN
All the ideas, your feelings and desires, the style, the planting preferences and colours and much more which formed the Client Brief are then taken away and a Design Concept is created. The Concept Plan is used as a discussion tool for debate and to help you understand your proposed new garden. At this stage the detail of the design needs to be established so that the final scheme can be completed. If there are any planning issues these will require sorting out with possible LPA applications being made or permissions being sought if your property is in Conservation Area.
THE FINAL MASTER PLAN
Once the Concept Plan has been agreed the Final Master Plan Working Drawing is completed. This drawing is for a Contractor to understand the garden build. It will include Construction Guidance Notes for the building of your garden. In addition, detailed construction drawings may be required to include technical and cross section drawings.
PROJECT TENDER/MONITORING & FINISHING TOUCHES
Once the Final Working Drawings are completed its time to build and plant. If you wish and to save your precious time, we will manage the tender process for you. Your plans can be sent out to our recommended Landscaping Contractors who build garden projects from our plans. Once a Contractor has been chosen and work is under way, if you wish, we can then project monitor the build. All the hassle and worry about quality and progress can be taken out of your hands. By monitoring the Contractors to ensure your project is being built to the highest standard, we can:
- Check setting out at the beginning of the project
- Keep an eye on the construction quality
- Answer any questions the contractor has on site
- Answer any questions you may have
- Amend the design should unforeseen problems arise
As the construction of your garden draws towards the end, the planting will need to be addressed. We can:
- Organise the supply of plants and set out planting schemes
- Visit local nurseries to select the stock
- Arrange for the planting up whether by the contractors or our recommended, qualified and experienced gardeners
- Provide advice on furniture, planters and pots
“I’m happy if you are happy! I want you to be over the moon with your garden. I’ll work hard to arrive at the end result, not always conveying the problems which may be encountered along the way. In the end, we are in this together, and we have the same goal: to make your garden beautiful and something to be proud of”
If you are serious and ready to commit to having your garden designed then contact us to discuss how we might be of assistance.