Step 1: Initial consultation & brief
This will take place in your garden so we can consider the space and use our design expertise to explore it’s potential. We will listen to your needs and discuss how you imagine living in your newly designed space. After the initial consultation we will prepare a design brief for your project, this will outline our approach and our proposed fees to complete your design.
Step 2: Site survey
An accurate topographical survey of the existing garden is required before any design work can begin. This will be undertaken by a professional surveyor to locate the boundaries, hard surfaces, doors, windows, services, existing vegetation and levels all relative to the house. We will be able to recommend a certified surveyor for you.
Step 3: Master plan & mood boards
A master plan is a scaled 2D layout plan showing details of terraces, steps, walls, planting, lawns, trees and any other elements such as pergolas or water features. The master plan does not include planting plans, these will follow once the master plan is approved. The mood boards will reflect design details and give you a sense of the overall look and feel for your garden. Upon presentation we will invite your feedback and make any amendments to the design, should you wish. If you would like to see 3D renders of your design, we can quote for this service once the masterplan has been approved.
Step 4: Construction drawings
We can prepare detailed construction drawings to enable your landscape contractors to quote and then build the garden. This can include setting out plans, lighting plans and any technical drawings for items such as pergolas or water features. We would strongly recommend considering garden lighting within your design as it not only extends the use of your outside space but creates a beautiful backdrop from the house after dark. A lighting plan will show locations, quantities, and types of fittings.
Step 5: Planting plan
A planting plan and schedule can be produced once the master plan has been approved. This will detail species, size, quantities and positions to enable accurate quoting and implementation. We can discuss costs and timings for us to supply and plant once your contractor reaches a suitable stage in construction.
Step 6: Project administration
With a professional landscape contractor in place, we will supervise the garden build on your behalf to ensure that the project runs smoothly. We would also love to support you in sourcing any styling elements such as furniture and pots. We work closely with a range of suppliers and would be able to find something that not only suits your budget but works beautifully within the design.