The design process varies dependent on the scope of the project but whether you are looking for a full re-design or just want to re-vamp & re-vitalise part of your garden, the process starts with a consultation on site. Don't worry if you don't have clear ideas about what you want - the purpose of this initial discussion is to identify your vision for your garden and how you want to use it. If you do have some ideas, for example you have been inspired by pictures you have come across in books, magazines or online, then we can look at these. The aim is to understand your requirements: designing a garden is a collaborative process, taking your needs & wants and translating those into a beautiful but practical design so that you can really enjoy your outdoor space.
This visit is followed up with a written design brief and a quote for the design process. Once you are ready to proceed, the next step is to re-visit your garden to undertake a detailed assessment of the site. If you are planning significant re-design this will include a site survey. We usually carry out the survey but for very large gardens or complex sites with varying levels it may be appropriate to use an external landscape surveyor. The survey is then used to prepare a concept plan to be agreed with you before a detailed design plan is drawn up to scale. This will usually be presented to you with drawings, images and sketches of the proposed design and suggestions for materials & structural planting. If required, we can prepare detailed construction drawings, lighting and irrigation plans and draft detailed specifications to assist with the process of approaching contractors to obtain competitive tenders.
Once you have chosen and appointed a contractor we can help with any queries, prepare setting out plans for contractor if required, attend site meetings and so forth.