Creating a new garden or improving parts of an existing garden is exciting, but can also be a little daunting. Where do you start?
I have a collaborative approach, by which I try to understand your needs and aspirations, whilst bringing you fresh ideas.
It is important to get the design right, and I love working through options to make sure that we find the best solutions for your garden.
There are various levels of design service available, from on site consultation to the production of master plans, planting schemes and illustrations.
The design process can be used to create small borders to whole gardens, whether private or public gardens.
Typically, this is what would happen for the creation of a new garden:
- An initial meeting with you to discuss your requirements and preferences, and possible budget. Once I have seen the garden and know your requirements, I will be able to confirm the cost for the plans. This initial meeting is at no cost and with no obligation.
Once you give me the go ahead for the planning stage, the next steps are as follows:
- I will carry out a survey of the garden: measuring up the space, checking the soil, aspects…etc. For particularly large or complex sites, a chartered surveyor would take on this task.
- Production of one or more scaled draft plans and sketches.
- A meeting with you to review the draft plan and finalise a plan, for which either a trusted landscaper or I will prepare a detailed estimate.
As part of the design process, I can provide advice on the choice of materials or particular design elements (e.g. lighting, water features, possibility to re-use materials…etc).
Charges start at £450. The design fee depends on the size of the site, its complexities and the client’s brief.
50% of the design cost is payable prior to the survey stage. The remaining 50% is payable once the final plan has been submitted.
On site consultation is charged on the basis of £35/hour, with a £50 minimum charge.