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The Garden Design Process

Your garden should make your heart sing – get the design right and it will have the power to do just that!

A good structure will help to give interest even in winter. Good use of space is important – with an understanding of how you want to use the garden. Combine this with knowledge of the right hard–landscaping elements and beautiful interesting plants and the process of creating a garden just for you has begun!

THE PROCESS:

+ Initial Visit

We’ll arrange to meet at your home and explore the possibilities of what we could achieve in the garden. We’ll discuss concepts and general ideas of how you would like to use the garden and the areas which are not working for you.

+ Survey

I will organise the survey needed to create an accurate scale drawing of the garden, on which the design is based. It includes measuring and taking levels, plotting the position of the house and other permanent features of the site. It also allows quantities of materials and costs to be accurately assessed.

+ Design Brief

The most important part. We will take a step-by-step approach to the design, spending time discussing what you are looking for in your garden, how you will use it and how it can be made to enhance your lives.

+ Concept Plan

I will translate the design ideas we’ve set out in the brief, into pencil drawings and talk it through with you. New suggestions, alterations, additions are welcome at this stage.

+ Outline Plan

An annotated, scale plan with colour shading, is presented showing detailed hard landscape features, eg paving, steps, pergolas, water features, lighting and areas to be planted.

+ Planting Plan

This is a working drawing that plots the plant selection and placement of each plant, botanically named.

+ Building the Garden/Tender process

Construction details and Scope of works are prepared for the contractors… so that they totally understand what is required. I work with a range of landscapers and will meet them on site to answer their questions, enabling them to quote for the build fairly and accurately.

+ Looking After The New Garden

Monitoring the project – this ensures the smooth running of the project once the building process is underway. Regular meetings and written updates help keep everyone on track and informed, co-ordinating contractors and other trades to make sure that building work progresses to plan, minimising delays, resolving any unforeseen issues and controlling costs.

MAINTENANCE SCHEDULE
After completion how to take care of the garden month by month

REGULAR SITE VISITS
Health checks to edit the garden over time to keep it fresh and rejuvenated

APPLICATION FOR PLANNING
Preparation of reports and drawings for local authorities

OUTDOOR LIGHTING
Lighting schemes and liaison with lighting specialists

SUNDRY PURCHASES
Furniture, pots and containers, summerhouses etc

I’d love to talk to you about your garden project…

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