Garden Design And You - The Process Explained
During this visit I provide you with an overview of the services I can offer.
There is an opportunity to view my portfolio. I will look at the existing garden and
discuss your requirements. Following this visit I will send you a written quotation
for survey and design work.
Initial Design Visit and Site Survey
You will be provided with a Questionnaire prior to this meeting, which we will then
run through together. I will also carry out a detailed Site Survey of the garden, which will
include such things as its size and shape, soil make-up and topographical analysis. This will
then enable me to draw up a scale plan of the site.
As part of the design process two sketch designs are produced (although the number can vary).
These represent ideas for layouts for your garden and are presented to you at a Sketch
Design Consultation. They will include the proposed layout and position of features to be included
in the final design. However at this stage limited consideration as to the choice of soft and hard
landscaping materials is made. Areas of planting are shown but not detailed.
During your "Sketch Design Consultation" these designs are discussed and decisions are made
as to the choice of layout that will be developed into your final detailed design.
This is the next stage on from "sketch designs". An accurate, black and white or hand coloured,
detailed layout for the garden is drawn up to scale. Your detailed design is an accurate plan with
detailed measurements. It is suitable for use by either yourself or a landscaping contractor when
realising your design.
This drawing contains more details of the hard landscaping materials and general planting themes.
At this point you may wish to commission other services to assist you with the visualisation and
realisation of your design.
3-D Drawings and Artist's Impressions
Coloured visuals, which illustrate how the garden will look as it matures. These can include isometric
projections, cross-sections, and perspectives. These are available in a variety of media, including
pencil, watercolour and acrylic and can be framed for display.
A black and white line drawing that accurately locates all features to be constructed and includes detailed measurements and notes.
These are detailed drawings which provide information required for the building of garden structures.
Good design takes time, despite the impression given by make-over programmes on TV! The whole process from start to finished design usually takes around one month to 6 weeks. This will depend on size and complexity of garden, when I can start the job and my current workload.