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Design Process

Your garden should be one of the most relaxing and pleasurable parts of your home. That is why utilising a garden designer and the overall garden design process is really important and sometimes essential in order to create a space you will always enjoy, that works for you and your familyís needs and one you can feel comfortable in.

Essentially you are more in control of styling your garden exactly to suit your needs, budget and requirements. You decide on theme, the materials, features, planting and the layout of your own garden.

1. Site Survey

The Site Survey also known as a site analysis, allows the garden designer to become familiar with the overall garden space at the beginning of the design process. Itís really helpful in order to understand the conditions in the garden. Every garden has to be measured carefully prior to the design beginning. On some occasions measuring the levels is also necessary in order for the garden designer to relate the overall garden space.

2. Concept Plans

An important part of the garden design process is the Concept Stage. This helps the client to see the garden from a wider perspective. Usually two or three different design options and layouts are presented to the client and a variety of ideas can be explored for example; formal, organic, traditional or contemporary garden layouts. The general layout of the garden and shape, including any focal points and features like specimen plants, sculpture, raised beds, water feature, trellising, steps, decking, paving or planting areas is included. The concept ideas outline the feeling of the garden as well as the use of it. If the client likes two separate concept options then of course these can be combined together in order to achieve the final master-plan. The client should consider their available budget for the essential works and then the extra budget for accessories such as furniture etc at this stage, prior to moving onto the next stage.

3. Visuals

Visuals, either computer generated CAD or hand drawn, both help the client to visualise the garden space according to the plan. A big advantage of the computer generated visuals is the special accuracy ñ up to scale 3D models can show an exact and sophisticated image of the garden space, including all heights, levels, features, planting and furniture, etc. Hand drawn visuals also show the client the potential for the garden and when drawn by a talented garden designer can be extremely pleasing and easy to understand.

4. Master Plan

The Master plan Stage is the final part of the garden design process and comprises a detailed plan drawn up to scale indicating all necessary:- details, requirements, features, areas, measurements and levels required in order to construct the garden. From a construction point of view the masterplan is an essential requirement. Concept drawings from the design package can also be referred to during the landscaping works. The masterplan is generally drawn as a black and white drawing and the elements of the plan are listed in its index. The scale of the plan depends on the size of the garden (1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100).

A master-plan is supported by a written specification describing in detail the construction of each element within the plan.

A written quotation detailing the cost of building the garden can also be provided at this stage if requested.

5. Specification Details - Planting List

The Planting Detail is one of the most interesting parts of the garden design. Plants have the power to completely transform every garden creating a soft relaxing space full of greenery and colour, a tropical paradise or alternatively a more dramatic architectural, contemporary, minimalist scheme. Whatever your choice!

The selection of the most appropriate plants for the garden is essential. A well thought out planting scheme adds huge visual value to the space as well as being a feature in its own right. Appropriate planting brings interest and life to a garden throughout all the seasons.

The Planting Detail is one of the last parts of the garden design process. The plants are carefully selected according to clientís requests and also to the garden conditions and location. Our skilled team all have horticultural training and between us we hold a vast knowledge of plants.

A Planting List is a detailed list of plants for your garden including the specific names, sizes and quantities required for each scheme. The planting list also can be used for obtaining the costs and ordering the plants.

A Planting List follows the layout order from the masterplan and is really easy to follow during the planting works once the project is built. The plants should be laid out according to the planting list and various positions checked and confirmed prior to planting up.

6. Specification Details - Lighting

A Lighting Layout is an additional specification that supports the overall garden design package. The correct lighting used within your garden can completely transform the space well into the evening. A colour coded plan indicates the positions of the various light fittings located around the garden. Each separate fitting in the scheme is identified by a different marker making the plan easy to follow by the client and and/or an electrician.

7. Specification Details - Technical Detail Drawings

Technical Detail Drawings are an important part of a garden design during the construction of any project. All technical details help the contractors and the clients to understand how structures and features should to be built. They are essential when building structures like retaining walls, water features, steps, pergolas, bespoke benches or screening, etc.

8. Specification Details - Mood Boards

Commonly used mood boards are an easy and convenient way to present suggested material concepts and/or plants within a suggested garden design scheme. The mood boards assist the dialog between the garden designer and the client making visualisation very easy and straight forward.

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