Garden Design – The Design Stage

Design stage

The design stage is composed of two parts: initial concept sketches and detailed plans.

Survey and initial concept sketches

The first requirement at the design stage is a site survey. If the site is relatively simple we will complete the survey ourselves. This will involve us measuring and photographing your garden. If the site is complex (eg is steeply sloping, very large or contains dense tree cover) there will be an additional charge for the survey. The extra cost will be worthwhile as even the smallest difference between the survey and site on the ground can add significant costs to the build phase.

Once we have the survey detail we then develop initial concept sketches, according to the brief agreed at the initial consultation. We will explore the ideas generated, and use our detailed plant and construction knowledge to suggest designs which will be refined, elegant but also practical. Our close relationship with a network of trusted contractors means we have in-depth knowledge of current building and construction standards, and we won’t propose anything which is not cost-effective or practical.

Once the initial concept sketches are complete we will arrange a meeting to present the new design(s). Sketch plans will show the proposed layout of the garden, and we will present mood boards indicating plants, materials, finishes and accessories. We will also show you 3D visuals of the proposed design.

The initial sketch plan explains the concept, but does not contain sufficient information to allow a contractor to build the garden. That is covered by the detailed plans.

Detailed design and construction plans

Once the concept sketches are approved, the detailed design stage begins. We create plans which specify the design in detail – with exact dimensions and construction details for items such as water features, gazebos, pergolas, carpentry and paving schemes.

As well as providing construction drawings we will specify the materials required. Once approved, this information will form the basis of the next stage – construction, or the garden build.

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