Initial Consultation – within 5-10 days
Once the initial contact has been made we will arrange an appointment to meet for an Initial Consultation. This is normally within 5 – 10 days. The consultation lasts about 60 minutes. The initial consultation is free within 45 minutes travelling time.
At the initial meeting I have a look at the garden to assess the site and we chat about what you would like to use the garden for, the ambience you would like to achieve and any practical requirements you may have. I show you examples from my portfolio, discuss the design process and the budget for the project.
After the meeting I will send you a written fee proposal based on the extent of the design work required.
Once you confirm that you are going ahead I will send you confirmation paperwork and ask for a deposit.
Although you may initially not want to talk about a budget the reason I ask about this is so that I can design a garden that is within your financial expectations and that is realistic for the size of the project you have. Look at your landscaping project as an investment, similar to adding a conservatory or a new kitchen, and you should look at around 5-15% of the value of your house. A well designed garden will always enhance and add value to the saleability of your house.
Client brief – lead in time dependent on the designer’s workload
After agreeing to go ahead and I’ve received the deposit, I return to complete a Client Brief with you. At this meeting we talk in more depth about the requirements for your garden; the style you would like and I make suggestions and ideas for you to consider. This meeting last 1-3 hours dependent on the complexity and size of your project. This forms the requirements and ideas that I use in designing your garden.
Survey – lead in time will be dependent on designer’s workloads
I undertake a full site survey including a level survey if the site is sloping and take photographs.
At the same time, I will complete a site analysis and I will confirm with you that I have all your requirements to enable me to undertake a draft design. I will, if possible, complete this with a colleague. If the site is large or very steep, I will commission a topological survey from a surveyor.
Draft plan – 1-2 weeks after the survey has taken place
Once I have gathered together all your information I will spend some time developing concept ideas and a draft plan. I will then call you to arrange to meet with you to discuss the ideas and plan.
Draft Concept Design meetings – 60-90 minutes’ long. Up to 2 of these meetings are included in your fee proposal.
At this meeting we will agree on a concept plan to take forward as your final plan. Minor alterations may take place at this meeting until a final lay-out is agreed. We will discuss all the hard landscaping materials such as paving, gravel, water features, fencing and anything else that we need to discuss in order to get a completed plan.
If you have a large project this meeting will be to discuss finalising a concept plan which will then go into a detailed plan stage. At the detailed plan stage each area of the garden will be discussed and hard landscaping materials such as paving, gravel, water features, fencing and anything else required will be agreed and further plans will be drawn up. This will be reflected in the fee proposal.
I will deliver or post a final, scaled, hand drawn or computer generated black and white plan along with 2 copies that you can give to landscapers. (If you require a coloured plan this will incur an extra cost).