The Garden Design Process explained
First, we’ll arrange a design consultation at a time to suit you. This involves meeting you for a chat and taking a deep look at your existing garden. We will ask you all the important questions about how you would like to use your garden space and what your dream garden will feel like (the brief). After this meeting we’ll set out our fees and process of working in writing, confirm the brief as we understand it, and ask you to confirm our appointment as your designer so we can begin work.
A topographical survey will be a necessary next step before we can start drawing up any designs to scale.
Next we use our design skills and expertise to create a design solution that flows, feels right, is in the right proportion to the available space, and creates the sort of atmosphere you’d like. We’ll present this as a concept to you for agreement, along with mood boards and visuals to help you understand the design proposal in 3D.
Once you’re happy with the concept, we can move onto the detailed design elements, which is collectively referred to as the Masterplan and Specification.
This detailed planning stage involves working up the details such as choosing specific materials, paving patterns, defining levels and sorting out things like drainage, and designing bespoke elements eg water features. Further detailed plans are then created for soft landscaping (planting), lighting and irrigation as needed to complete the scheme. At this point we can arrange for contractors to quote for the creation of your garden. We will liaise with your chosen specialists and supply them with all the relevant details, drawings and scale plans that they need to build your design.
When the garden construction phase begins, we can also optionally monitor the build process to completion so that your garden matches your expectations and ensuring everyone involved stays abreast of any changes on the ground.
We select specimen plants and trees, lay out and oversee the planting of the soft landscaping (planting) ourselves, to ensure that the finished result is of the highest quality. And when the build and installation process is over, we can ensure that you have enough understanding of the planting and relevant guidance to undertake maintenance of the hard materials and features included too.
Throughout all stages we are involved with, acting as Principal Designer we fulfil the statutory CDM regulations for domestic projects, liaising with the Client and Principal Contractor to ensure that the project site remains safe for all those who work on it, use the space and maintain it after installation is completed.
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