The Design Process

The first step is a consultancy visit. It is a good idea if you prepare by making notes of how you want to use your garden and what style, materials and plants you like. I like to hear your own ideas to which I can bring my experience and expertise. I will show you my portfolio which, besides demonstrating what I have achieved, will illustrate the stages of the design process. It will also give you more design ideas and provide me with a fuller picture of what you like and dislike.

This can take at least 1 hour and more for a large or complex project. You may find that this visit is all you need to design your garden yourselves.

Based on our discussions I will draw up a design brief for your approval which will be included in my quotation for the design service. Each planning stage has a fixed fee, worked out according to the complexity of the project.

The usual stages include the following:

  • read moreSurvey and site analysis either carried out by Catherine or by a professional surveyor depending on the size and complexity of the site.
  • read moreOutline Plan, usually illustrative and in colour, accurate but not detailed. This includes sketches and accurate drawings to help you visualise the garden. I will help you to make decisions on materials and plants which will be incorporated into the next stages.
  • read moreHard Landscape Plans - detailed plans and specifications, including accurate setting out plans, materials, construction methods, lighting and electrics.
  • read morePlanting Plans – specific plant cultivars, sizes, planting method and season.
  • read moreTendering & Monitoring – working with contractors to implement the design.

Implementation of the design

I can oversee all or part of the construction of your new garden.

Handling the tender process and monitoring the construction and planting of the garden is quoted as a percentage of the contractor’s invoice. Accurate and detailed drawings will enable contractors to quote competitively.

My project monitoring service can:

  • help you to obtain best value and control costs
  • ensure that the work is completed to a good standard and that your vision is not compromised.
  • manage timescales, ensuring that the work is completed on schedule.

The completed garden

A successful collaboration between designer, client and contractors will result in fulfilment of the garden design which is beautiful, practical and good value.