In our first meeting we will talk you through the processes which are involved in delivering the completed design. We will take your “brief”, a detailed description of your needs and how the garden will be used. We will walk around the garden together with you, discussing the requirements and then the designer will need to spend time on their own in the garden to make notes and take photographs.
A very important element of this first meeting is discussing the budget, as this determines what can be achieved and it is usually the basis on which the design fee is calculated.
We would follow up this meeting by sending you a proposal letter containing the detailed brief and contract.
A nominal fee is charged for this initial visit which is set off against any future work, should we be instructed.
Depending on the size and complexity of the site a professional topographical land survey may be required. A plan of the site is then drawn to scale, to include all boundary walls, existing buildings and features, trees, services and existing ground levels. We can arrange this for you if required.
This information is then interpreted on a local scale and incorporated into the surrounding landscape to put it into context.
Taking the information from the analysis plans we can begin the design process. We will take you through the concept stages to the final design, rendered perspectives and if the site requires them, elevations.
The drawings will show hard and soft landscaping, planting areas and lighting suggestions.
We can prepare full tendering documents complete with construction drawings for any bespoke features, hard landscaping, drainage plans, setting out and ground levels. These documents would ensure competitive legal tendering took place.
We can prepare fully detailed planting plans for all the beds to include a bill of quantities. We source the plants from our carefully chosen wholesale suppliers and if required, we can also produce full maintenance schedules for you.
As part of our service we would also set out all the plants in their correct positions prior to planting.
During the building process we would hold regular on-site inspection meetings with the landscapers and any other contractors to keep the project on track.