THE STUDIO OF
A garden is an exterior extension of, not only your home, but your personality and life style. It should be one of the most relaxing and pleasurable parts of your home. Using a garden designer who understands these requirements is important in order to create a space you will always enjoy.
A garden designer will help you decide on theme, materials, features, planting and the layout of your garden. The aim of the designer is to coordinate all your requirements into a cohesive package. A good garden designer will also allow you to feel more in control of styling your garden exactly to suit your needs, budget and requirements.
Gardens and their users are very variable. No two are alike. Below are a range of services that should cover most garden design requirements. Appropriate services are also available individually. Plants and planting schemes are extremely variable and although an essential consideration during the general design process, are dealt with separately to the overall design service.
1. Initial Consultation
The process begins with a free one hour consultation to establish the general scope of the design. It is also an opportunity to establish a rapport with the client and an understanding of their personality and life style. The discussion will be used to take notes in order to establish a design brief.
2. Site Survey
The site survey is normally combined with a further consultation to consider the finer detail. This will include planting and lighting and perhaps a few considered thoughts on basic layout and design style. The Site Survey also allows the designer to become familiar with the overall garden space. Every garden has its own feel or Genius Loci; spirit of the place. So the process is not just a careful analysis of the spaces physical attributes but also an emotional one and how the space makes you feel and respond.
3. Sketch Design
Sketch design is slightly misleading as most sketch designs are considerably more in terms of accuracy and presentation. As the first representation and assimilation of the design brief information; It’s an exciting part of the process and the first time the client will see their new garden forming. Plans are always presented to scale and with thumbnail sketches or basic 3D graphics to help with visualising the new space.
From the sketch design the client then has the opportunity to make any adjustments they require. The sketch design also allows a means on which to establish more accurate budget figures for the construction phase etc.
4. Presentation Plan <See Designs Page>
The Presentation plan 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 needed in order to construct the garden.
A presentation plan is supported by a written specification describing the construction of each element within the plan. A written quotation detailing an estimated cost of building the garden is also provided.
5. Planting Design
The 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.
Planting and planting design is dealt with as a separate service to the overall design. Through experience, it is often the case that the client may view the garden in a different context once it is constructed. It is important to allow the client this opportunity to reconsider their planting requirements.
6. Lighting & Irrigation
A good lighting scheme will completely transform the space. The added attraction here is not only creative and visual but extends the use of the garden beyond the daylight hours. Lighting can give gardens an almost Jekyll and Hyde quality in how different they feel and appear after dark. Lighting will also contribute a great deal to enhance mood and ambiance.