The design process explained


Step 1:

Initial Consultation Meeting




Step 2:

The Site Survey









Step 3:

Presentation Plan




Step 4 :

Technical documentation and tendering





Step 5:

Planting Plans and Planting












Step 6:

The Construction Phase


Step 7:

Ongoing project monitoring

The aim of the initial consultation meeting is for me to listen and together discuss ideas for the new design of your garden. During the meeting I will show you my portfolio with images of different designs, textures and planting styles that may appeal to you or simple spark ideas.

I can assess the possibilities and limitations of the site, considering the views, aspect, levels, access and micro-climate. Following the meeting I will draw up a brief for the design of the garden together with a commission document that outlines the services you can expect from me and the likely fees involved.

A site survey and analysis is essential to produce a scaled plan of your garden and to record all of the relevant information required to put together a carefully considered design.

The survey and site analysis consists of:

  • Measuring the site, building(s), access points, windows and ground levels.

  • Noting the particular characteristics of the entrance area: the setting, the soil type, drainage, aspect, views, existing plants, drains and manhole covers, local building materials and styles.

  • Assessing whether any views could be enhanced or obscured.

  • Photographing and sketching the site.

  • If the site is complex or problematic may recommend that a firm of surveyors undertake this aspect of the work to ensure the data is as accurate as possible.

The Presentation Plan is a 2D scaled drawing of the proposed layout for your garden, showing areas of hard landscaping, planting and features. The design will combine the aesthetic and practical considerations outlined in the brief to enhance enjoyment of your outside space.

At this stage there is always plenty of opportunity for client input. An exchange of ideas is an essential part of the design process so that tweaks and adjustments can be made at an early stage, prior to drawing up a final Master Plan in readiness for the construction of the agreed finished design.

Construction drawings
Even for small garden designs I will often recommend that construction drawings and a specification document be prepared to ensure that the built scheme is executed as intended. This provides an invaluable blueprint for the contractors to follow and will ensure piece of mind from start to finish.

Tender documents
If you would like to obtain comparable quotes from three reputable landscape companies to carry out the construction of the garden. I will be happy to prepare a tendering pack to send out to prospective contractors. I'll also help manage and oversee this process on your behalf.

A key part of an new garden is the planting and a great deal of thought can be put in to developing a style of planting that complements the design of the outside space and fulfils your own personal likes and dislikes. Particular attention must be paid to the local environment, aspect, exposure, soil conditions and so on.

Planting can be used to create focal points, enhance views or screen unsightly eyesore. Plants help to provide texture, structure and colour as well as providing seasonal and all year interest.

A 2D planting plan will be prepared which will show the exact position of each plant, its species and cultivar name as well as the number and size required. This ensures that plants are located in positions to which they are best suited.

Plant sourcing and installation
You can source plants yourself but , if you prefer, I'm happy yo select plants on your behalf from a number of high quality specialist nurseries, and I'll even plant them for you. If I do supply and install the plants for you I'll even provide a one year guarantee* on all trees and shrubs specified, supplied and installed by me.

If required I can source or commission pots, sculptures, water features or other furniture that you may desire.

* guarantees on extra large specimens or mature items will be subject to agreement.

I don't undertake the construction work myself but work closely with one of a number of tried and tested teams of professional landscapers, lighting and irrigation specialists who will provide quotes for the construction of the garden based on information supplied within the finished set of drawings and the specification documentation I’ll supply them with.

Once the construction phase in under way I can monitor the progress of the work on site from start to finish to ensure the landscapers and other professionals properly implement the design of your garden.

If required I can work as project manager to provide a seamless channel of communication between the contractors and you, the client.

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