Stage 1: Initial Consultation
We look at your space and discuss your wants, needs, and preferences, as well as your budget. The resulting discussion forms a key part of the design brief, which is developed through discussion and agreed before any design work commences. Services provided and fees will be confirmed in writing prior to commencing work.
Stage 2: Site analysis & survey
Once you wish to proceed the site will be measured in detail and analysed in terms of its existing features, levels and unique characteristics. For complicated sites and larger projects we will also engage professional surveyors for the most accurate survey possible.
Stage 3: Preliminary Ideas & Design Development
Before producing the final plan and visuals we will discuss ideas and produce outline sketches, concept plans and material swatches for discussion.
Stage 4: Presentation of Master Plan & other Landscape Drawings
A scale masterplan is the key outcome of the design process. This sets out the layout, main structural features, heights and levels, and the areas to be planted. To give you an idea of how the garden might look in 3-D we commonly develop models using IT packages or traditional media. These will also be presented at this point.
At this stage estimated costs particular to the design will be specified – with your original budget in mind.
Stage 5: Construction & Planting
Once the design concept has been approved, we provide construction drawings and detailed specifications. If you wish we can identify experienced contractors and produce the necessary documentation to enable them to quote for the work. On smaller projects work can be done in house, using reliable tradespersons and craftspeople we have worked with before.
We often carry out the planting ourselves, except with larger projects where we work closely with contractors to ensure the scheme is implemented correctly. We can also help with sourcing quality plants from trusted suppliers.
Stage 6: Monitoring & Project Management
Some clients prefer to project manage the build themselves, others ask that we monitor the work and liaise with contractors on their behalf. We prefer the latter, and make regular site visits during the construction phases.