Design Process
Every project is unique. While many gardens are of a similar size and shape that tends to be where the similarities end. Different aspects and soils create different growing conditions while the garden’s setting and surroundings creates a unique character or atmosphere. And most importantly, every client has their own tastes, requirements and aspirations for their outdoor spaces, something we feel passionately about reflecting in our designs.
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Initial Consultation & Client Brief
This consists of a meeting on-site and is a great opportunity for us to get to learn a bit about each other and to understand your requirements and aspirations for your outside space. It is important at this stage to get a feel for your garden, its surroundings and your tastes and interests. Following this meeting we would write up a client brief and send to you for approval. Only once approved would we move onto the next stage as the brief forms the basis of any further design development.
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Survey & Site Analysis
Before any design work can be started it is important to carry out a survey of the garden to understand the relevant dimensions, shape, slopes and positions of existing features. For small, uncomplicated gardens we would usually carry this out ourselves whereas on larger or more complicated sites a full topographical survey carried out by a professional surveyor would be recommended. In both cases the information would be used to draw up an accurate plan of the garden. At the same time, additional information such as aspect, sun positon, soil types and surroundings would also be collected.
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Outline Design / Master Planning
This is where the design comes together and hopefully the excitement starts to build. Initially, several proposals are created which would include sketch plans, a computer model and perspective drawings. This allows for discussion and room for modifications to take place. Following this, a master plan of the preferred option is created which would include presentation visuals, mood boards and details of planting styles and hard landscaping materials to be used.    
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Detailed Design
While the master plan provides a great feel for the way in which the garden will look upon completion it still isn’t sufficient for contractors to quote or build from. In the detailed design stage, all the technical drawings and specifications are put together and planting plans are drawn up, showing the positions, size and quantity of plans for each of the planting beds.
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The master plan, detailed drawings and specifications are provided to a number of contractors to enable them to produce detailed and comparable quotations for the work. We know many of the leading garden contractors and can recommend those best suited for a specific project. Alternatively, if you would like to use your own contractor that is absolutely fine. Once received, the quotations are reviewed and we can help you select the best team for the job.
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Construction & Planting
Once a contractor is chosen the build can start. While you will have a separate agreement with the construction firm we can act as a consultant throughout the build. This involves overseeing all works to ensure the highest possible quality of finish is achieved and that the garden develops as envisaged in the design. We can source plants and trees from reputable suppliers and will be on-site to ensure they are of the highest quality and are planted correctly and in the correct positon.
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Garden Development
Unlike most work that takes place inside the house your new garden will change throughout the seasons and develop over the years. Careful management is required to ensure that plants thrive and you get many years of enjoyment from your outside space. We can create a detailed maintenance schedule for your garden, highlighting pruning and other requirements for specific plants and can make periodic visits to ensure everything is on track and suggest improvements. We can also recommend good maintenance teams where appropriate.