A garden is an extension of your house, an outdoor room to relax, play and entertain. A well-designed garden can not only improve quality of life, it can add significant value to your property too. Having your garden designed is an exciting prospect. It’s important to be inspired, stay enthusiastic and have a realistic budget in mind. Together, we will discuss issues and ideas that will form the basis of the concept design. It’s helpful to understand how you want the garden to function on a practical level as well as how it will look when finished. A step by step approach will guide you through the design process.
HOW I WORK
The design stages below should provide enough information for someone with a little garden and construction knowledge to implement the work themselves or to pass to a landscape contractor to take on the project to completion.
This is a free consultation where we meet on site and discuss the issues, aspirations, style preferences and an idea of the budget.
Based on our discussions, I will produce a design brief together with a fee proposal (usually a fixed fee however in some cases a time charge fee maybe more appropriate). Once you are happy with the project brief and fee proposal, we can progress to the next stage.
Hannah Peake and Gareth Taylor – Levenshulme
“Hannah sought to understand us in terms of how we use the garden and would like to use it in the future. The design she came up with really reflected what we’d told her and asked for.”
A measured survey will be carried out noting all existing elements including trees and plants to be retained. Other aspects will be considered such as overlooking neighbours, local setting and soil conditions.
This information will form the basis from which to work.
If the garden is a significant size or complexity, a topographical survey will be required.
Once all the survey information has been collated and analysed, the concept design will start to form. A design pack will be produced to include some or all the following as appropriate to the project:
Site analysis looking at constraints and opportunities using site photographs and diagrams to illustrate
Concept images to convey design intentions
Indicative setting out plan with implied dimensions
Coloured concept plan to illustrate the final concept design as it may look when completed, accompanied by illustrative sections to highlight any significant level changes
General arrangement plan of the garden identifying hard landscape elements, materials and planting
Detailed planting plan with a full schedule for costing / ordering plants