Gardens are an extension of your home and should offer a multipurpose space, where you can dine and unwind as well as entertaining yourselves and others. Whether you are looking for design inspiration and advice, a revamp of your existing planting or a complete transformation of your garden, I am here to help and advise you on the services you may need.
It can be a daunting prospect to have your garden designed and constructed, so I make my clients feel reassured and comfortable throughout every stage of the process by keeping in regular contact and listening to their needs.
The steps below explain my full garden design process from concept through to design creation.
Step 1 – Initial consultation meeting
This is an opportunity to get to know each other and to discuss exciting ideas which will form the basis of the design brief. We can also discuss your budget.
I will also walk around your garden to assess it from a design perspective – analysing possibilities and limitations of the site including views, focal points, noise levels, ground levels and gradients, light & shade, soil structure and access.
Step 2 – Quotation & agreement
I will then submit a quotation detailing costs and package options for consideration. Once design costs are agreed, I ask clients to formally appoint Lucy’s Garden by signing an agreement document.
Step 3 – Site survey
A Site inspection will then be completed. Detailed site measurements will be taken to produce a scaled plan. Photos, soil samples will also be taken (If the site is complex I may recommend that a firm of surveyors undertake this aspect of the work).
Step 4 – Plan presentation
At this stage clients are presented with the following:
– 2D Hand drawn to scale garden design plan, accompanied with visual sketches
– 2D Hand drawn to scale planting plan, outlining plant spacing and positions
– Planting log, detailing quantities, plant specifics and aftercare advice
– Planting moodboards, to help clients visualise planting combinations
– Materials moodboard, illustrating proposed hard landscaping materials
The combination of scale drawings, visual sketches and moodboards encapsulates the overall garden design and showcases the hard and soft landscaping, features, focal points and planting areas.
Step 5 – Design, build and implementation
Once you are ready to transform your garden and bring your plans to life, I will consult and share the full set of drawings with my recommended landscape contractors. They will then prepare their quotation for your consideration. If you already have a contractor in mind, I can work with them to create your beautiful garden.
Step 6 – Planting & maintenance plan
All of my planting plans are presented in a 2D scaled drawn format and clearly illustrate the spacing and positions of the plants. Alongside this planting plan, my clients will receive a planting log detailing quantities, plant specifics and aftercare advice, as well as plant mood boards to help my clients visualise what the selected plant varieties will look like together.
In addition to this, I will prepare a quotation to source plants, features and focal points (where required).
Step 7 – Build Management
Once costs are approved, I can then take away the stress and manage your overall garden project from start to finish.