Initial Consultation (preliminary services)
We appraise your space and discuss your wants, needs, preferences and budget, making suggestions of appropriate design strategies. This forms a key part of the design brief, which is developed through further discussion and agreed before any design work commences. Services provided, stages of work and fees will be confirmed in writing prior to commencing design work.
Site appraisal & analysis This entails us identifying the site characteristics which will influence the design idea and details including planting. In addition, we’ll explore the inherent qualities, opportunities and limitations presented by the space, the aim being create a design that befits the location, context and brief. We will need to clarify, and confirm in writing, your specific wants and needs with this analysis in mind. For complicated sites and larger projects we will instruct professional landscape surveyors to complete a measured, topographical survey so that site characteristics are recorded as accurately as possible. For smaller sites we typically complete the measured survey ourselves.
Outline proposals (& strategies)
Develop, discuss and agree on design strategies and outline proposals, typically in digital model form. This allows us to place you in the garden or landscape proposal and view it in much the same way as you would in the real world. Importantly this model helps to speed up the design process, and forms the basis of the necessary drawings required to see the proposals onto the ground.
Presentation of masterplan & associated drawings
The masterplan is a key outcome of the design process. This package sets out the layout, proportions, main structural features, heights and levels together with the areas to be planted.
At this stage estimated costs particular to the proposal will be specified, with your budget in mind.
Detailed proposal: Construction & planting Once the scheme has been approved, we develop design details and produce detailed construction drawings and planting plans where necessary to help see the project onto the ground. We can help identify experienced contractors and produce the necessary specifications and documentation to enable them to quote to complete the work. With smaller projects we commonly implement and oversee the creation of the design idea ourselves, using reliable tradespersons and craftspeople we have worked with before.
We typically source the plants and carry out the planting ourselves. For larger projects we will oversee the planting and work with contractors to ensure the planting is completed as specified.
We will oversee and implement the proposal, organising the build to an agreed schedule. When we are not undertaking the construction work in-house we will liaise with relevant contractors on your behalf making regular site visits during the construction phase to ensure that works are completed on schedule and as specified.
For smaller projects, and where necessary, work can be completed in-house drawing upon reliable tradespersons and craftspeople we have worked alongside before.