During this first meeting we discuss the project and your requirements in depth. It is a chance for us to walk around your garden together. This will give me an insight into how you want to use your garden and the space around your home, as well as highlighting any site challenges that may need to be tackled. This meeting forms the foundation for the brief from which the design will be developed.
Survey & Analysis
Depending on the complexity of the project, a topographical survey may be needed in order to gain accurate information about the site. The survey underpins the design ensuring the accuracy and scale of the plan.
Estimate & Brief
Following the initial consultation a report will be written up. This document forms the basis for the design brief and outlines ideas discussed at the meeting. It also sets out the cost of the design work. I will then ask you to put together a wish list for the garden and to populate a Pinterest board. This helps me to formulate your style
ideas and plant preferences so that the design brief is comprehensive and incorporates all your needs.
Detailed Outline Plan
The Outline Plan is the detailed concept design for your garden. This is like an architect's plan for your garden detailing the complete layout, showing each area and how you transition from one to another. The plan includes all planting areas and specifies the structural planting. Once the outline plan is approved, any construction drawings and other documents needed for implementation would then be drawn up as required.
Once the Outline Plan has been completed, a detailed Planting Plan can then be produced. This plan takes into account our wide ranging discussions. The plants selected will be suitable for the site conditions and will have been chosen to give long periods of interest as well as suiting the level of maintenance available thereby making the design practical, sustainable and pleasurable for years
Overseeing the Project Build
Some clients want help with appointing a contractor and working through the tender process or with overseeing the build itself. These are all areas in which I have considerable experience. The whole process is very flexible and any part of it can be undertaken in isolation depending on the client’s needs and requirements.
Illustrations: Drawings to give you perspective views of the garden in relation to the plan.
Construction Drawings & Specification Documents: Essential for the landscape contractor to be able to cost and build the garden. Prepared as required.
Setting Out Drawings: A technical drawing needed by contractors to set out and build all the elements of the design.
Monitoring Service: Overseeing the construction of the garden’s build. This ensures that the build is on schedule, within budget and of the right quality.
Maintenance Manual: A guide to the plants within the garden and their seasonal needs.
Consultations: I work with both existing and new clients reviewing and developing their gardens, advising on planting, horticultural and maintenance matters.