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 families 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. Over the years we have successfully completed all kinds of garden design projects. We are confident we can deliver a professional garden landscape design service as well as the efficient construction of a project.

DESIGN COST

Garden Design may vary depending on the designer or the size of the garden. Our competitive prices are listed below along with simple indication on the size of the garden.

Gardens below 500 sq ft - £500 - £750 amount + VAT
(approx. garden size - 6 x 9m)

Gardens between 500 sq ft and 1500sq ft - upto £1,500 amount + VAT
(approx. garden size - 8 x 25m)

Gardens above 1500 sq ft - start from £ neg amount + VAT
(approx. garden size larger then - 8 x 25m)

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Design
1. SITE SURVEYThe 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. It is 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. VISUALSVisuals, 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 PLANThe 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 master plan is an essential requirement. Concept drawings from the design package can also be referred to during the landscaping works. The master plan 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. PLANTINGThe 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 clients 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 master plan 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. Find out more on planting click here.

6. LIGHTINGA 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. TECHNICAL DETAIL DRAWINGSTechnical 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. MOOD BOARDSCommonly 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.
Finishing Touches

GARDEN LIGHTING

It’s strange to think that, domestic exterior garden lighting, as we now regard it, used to be virtually non-existent! Lighting was reserved for public streets – drab and unexciting but functional! What little garden lighting there was, was confined to the gardens of the wealthy and large stately homes. Even then this lighting was mainly in the form of decorative brass lanterns hanging in front porches or solely used as gateway illumination.

With the advent of ‘contemporary garden design’ garden lighting is now regarded as a staple ingredient in any successful garden design. Whether a small city garden, large country lawn, or roof terrace, the lighting is an integral part of the overall scheme. Using your precious outdoor space in the evening is now possible! Viewing your well designed garden from the house in the evening is a pleasure! Garden lighting adds a touch of luxury and ‘lifestyle chic’ to your home! In addition to their beauty, outdoor light fittings offer increased lighting for safety and security. An outdoor lighting system is the cure for any building or area masked in darkness!

WATER FEATURESThe introduction of water into a garden can be calming and refreshing or lively and exhilarating! One of the most stunning inherent qualities of water is its ability to reflect light. ‘Water features’ are a very simplistic way to describe a vast subject. Below we have listed a variety of categories to enable you to decide what type of water feature will best suit your garden design. From fountains to lakes, from ponds to contemporary self contained stainless steel feature. Garden lighting creates extraordinary results that never fail to impress!

DECKING

The most important part of the decking is the framework on which the decking sits. Foundation Posts are the main supports for the decking and will absorb all the load bearing from the decking boards laid above. Main bearers / beams are the intermediate structural members. Joists are normally 100mm x 50mm, with fully treated softwood timber. Decking (deck boards) are the actual upper surface which are visible and come in a variety of different timbers, both hard and soft woods, and sizes.

ARBOURS & GAZEBOSYour garden can often benefit from adding attractive and decorative features such as seating, arbours, pergolas and arches. Seating arbours allow for the enjoyment of a new vista or perspective in an already established garden. Arbours with ‘solid roofs’ allow shelter from a shower or from the sun, ‘open roofs’ are often made combining arches and trellis panels with stunning effect. All features can be dressed with plants or left as a strong structural element.

ARCHITECTURAL & BESPOKEA variety of garden structures can be created to add elements of interest and also for purely functional purposes, such as gates, bridges and cladding of buildings. Mirrors can be added to trellis to create wonderful illusions of space and reflection. A variety of materials can be combined successfully within a single feature giving a very contemporary twist to traditional garden structures.

TRELLIS PANELSTrellis panels are an attractive method of adding height to walls, fences and defining garden spaces. Provide functions such as, Privacy & security, Screening off unsightly areas, Support for climbing plants, Giving an established garden a new look and much more.

Trellis can be bought as standard ‘off the shelf’ in ready made sizes or can be bespoke, handmade to fit your own garden. Designs can be horizontal and vertical or diagonal. Options are available on the sizes of slats used and also on the distance between those slats. Timber can be hardwood or softwood, can be left to weather naturally, stained or painted to suit your personal choice.

Slatted panels are an excellent way to add a contemporary twist to your garden. Modern and streamlined slatted panels provide a stylish alternative to the more traditional trellis options.

Options are available on the sizes of slats used and also on the distance between those slats. Slats can be mounted horizontally of vertically. Timber can be hardwood or softwood, can be left to weather naturally, stained or painted to suit your personal choice.

PLANTERS & OBELISKSPlanters and obelisks are attractive additions to any garden. They create a focal points and also can be used to introduce colour to a scheme. Varying the levels of planting in your garden or on your terrace creates an attractive garden design. Planters can be free standing or built into a specific area.

BESPOKE SEATINGBespoke Seating can be built in a wide range of styles and timbers from the more traditional tree seats through to contemporary floating benches or circular seating.

COLONADES & PERGOLASColonades & Pergolas can be used to line paths or be built over terraces and decks, providing shade and extra interest.

GLASSThe use of glass in creating garden 'rooms' is becoming increasingly popular. Glass has the benefit of acting as a windbreak and creating suntraps without closing down the dimensions of the outside space. Nowadays, glass is available in a variety of colours and finishes - including frosted, clear, sandblasted, or even customised etched finishes. It provides a contemporary option to garden designers for ballastrading, wall divides, and even gazebo walls.