THE DESIGN PROCESS
INITIAL CONSULTATION - THE DESIGN BRIEF
This is an initial meeting, of about two hours, to establish exactly what you want to achieve in your garden. It is an opportunity for us to get to know you and your garden before putting together the design brief and a fee proposal.
Following detailed consultation, survey and site analysis, an outline or masterplan of a concept design is developed and first drawn by hand. A meeting to discuss the plan enables you to give feedback and make any changes to the final design which is then developed into a 3D model in Sketchup. Meetings can be held in person or on zoom.
SITE ANALYSIS AND SITE SURVEY
Once the fee proposal has been accepted, a site analysis includes testing the soil, photographing the site, noting water table and drainage, views, neighbours, boundaries and potential planning requirements.
A full survey of the site will be carried out from which a scale drawing is developed showing the house, boundaries, trees, features, levels and buildings in the garden. This survey is then used to develop the concept or outline plan and to establish quantities of materials needed for the build. It is recommended that on larger sites, a full topographical survey is carried out and this can be arranged.
BUILD AND PLANTING
We work with a few independent contractors who are experts in hard and soft landscaping. The construction drawings and scope of works enable contractors to provide quotes that can be easily compared. Once a contractor is appointed for the build, we can assist in dealing with them to maintain oversight of the build and ensure that the design brief and specifications are met. Following the build, we can source the plants at competitive prices, arrange delivery and set them out ready for planting by the chosen contractor.
DETAILED DESIGN - PLANTING PLANS AND CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATION
A series of meetings and discussion on plants leads first to a set of mood boards from which the plant palette is narrowed down. Once these are agreed on, plans are drawn up showing the variety, position and number of plants required. Sketches are provided that give an idea of what the garden will look like. A plant schedule is used to order the plants and the plan is used for setting out and planting up.
Detailed construction drawings and a written scope of works are produced before going out to tender to contractors to ensure quotes are comparable and the work meets recommended construction parameters.