Garden Design

The Garden Design Process

The garden design process consists of 4 phases, from initial consultation through to a bespoke, hand drawn, presentation plan.

Phase 1: Free Initial consultation (telephone/email)
I ask you to share photos of your garden by email and then call you to discuss your requirements and your plot.  I provide a quotation and then clarify the details of your brief in writing.

If you would prefer me to visit your garden in person prior to quoting, you could opt to book a Design Consultation Visit.

Phase 2: Site survey and analysis
I visit you and your garden where I take measurements and complete a visual site survey.  From this I will draw a base plan and perform an analysis of the features of your site

Phase 3: Sketch Concept Plans
I develop sketch concept plans and accompanying mood boards that demonstrate how your space could be developed to meet your brief and budget.  We meet to review these.

Phase 4: Presentation Plan
Taking into account your feedback, a detailed presentation plan is produced, to scale, with a description of the main features and materials.  You will pass this on to the person who is to construct the garden.  A black and white plan view is produced as standard but you may wish to commission a colour rendered copy or 3D axonometric/elevation drawings to help you visualise how your finished  garden will look.

Construction Phase

I offer a client-led design service and work independently of any contractor. I will, however, be able to introduce you to reputable landscape contractors in your area.  If required, I can liaise with them on your behalf at key points in the project or undertake a project monitoring role.

Planting Phase

For details of planting services offered, please visit the Planting Design page

Additional Garden Design Services

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Enhanced colour presentation package
A package designed to give you the best possible idea of how your finished garden will look.
An additional, colour rendered copy of the presentation plan is produced, accompanied by a 3D axonometric or elevation drawing that shows your garden as you will see it.

Setting Out Plan
An outline plan with measurements, levels and angles recorded, designed to be used by the person constructing the garden. This option is especially recommended for designs that include curves, circles or changes in level.

Construction details
Detailed construction drawings for hard landscaping elements or garden features.
Useful if you include a bespoke feature in your design, or if you are planning to construct the garden yourself.

Sourcing materials
I source materials and features on your behalf.

Meetings with Contractors/Site Visits
This includes:
Support as required whilst obtaining quotes from contractors.
A site visit at the outset of the project to walk through the details of the design with the contractor.
Scheduled project monitoring visits throughout the build to check that construction is going according to plan.

All additional design services will be quoted for separately, as requested.

Pricing Structure

Quotes are produced after the initial consultation. Prices depend upon the size and conditions of the site and the complexity of the client brief.  My quotes are broken down so you know what each stage of the process will cost.  My quote will be tailored to your own garden and will reflect the time I will spend working on your project.

As a guideline, for a  straightforward new build garden of 100 square metres:
Initial consultation, survey, base plan, site analysis, concept plan with mood board and review (phases 1 – 3) –  approximately £395.   Garden design presentation plan (phase 4) will cost from £275.

My flexible design service ensures that you have all the help you require, but no more than you need.  For example, if you would like support throughout your project then a presentation plan, site visits and planting plans could be commissioned to help you achieve your dream garden.  Alternatively, you may opt to stop at phase 3, inspired and confident after the concept review to take the project forward yourself.