Our design process is very simplistic. Like all great gardens simplicity is the key. Click on the first image below to see an example of our concept plans, details and elevations that we did for one client recently.
Following initial contact I will come to the property in question and meet you personally as the first introduction to your up coming project.
Introductory Meeting: (1-2 days after initial contact).
At this informal meeting you will be able to size me up and we can chat about what it is you want to achieve, how long until it is completed and your budget. I will then provide you with a client folder in which there will be a client brief and an outline of how we operate and the systems we use to make sure that you get the best possible outcome.
Survey Plan: (Up to 1 week after brief received).
Once we have received the brief we have all the information we require from you for the time being. We will either do an on site survey, work from plans that you have or take information from Google Earth or the Marlborough District Council’s Dekho GIS website to complete the survey plan.
Zoning Plan: (Up to 1 week after brief received).
This brief plan outlines the various zones in your garden. On this plan we identify the main areas of concern and place them in their proposed position. Typical zones include formal lawns, orchards, vegetable gardens, pools, tennis courts, parking, pergola and so on). Once these positions have been agreed we can move on to the concept plans.
Concept Plans: (Typically up to 4 weeks after initial contact depending on contract).
The concept plans are the primary method of portraying our vision to the client. They are to scale and have a good amount of detail but do not typically include structural or planting details. This is the stage where any changes should be made. A number of concepts can also be created to give the client a choice.
Concept plans are often accompanied by images and sketches and elevations to help portray the vision.
Structural Plans: (These are provided prior to the commencement of the build / install).
Structural plans are required for the construction of any substantial landscape features such as decks, patios, fire places, retaining walls, steps and so on. We then use these as part of the building process. Structural plans are essential and often legally required. They will add additional design costs but they will reduce the build cost and so pay for themselves. Structural plans assist in the quoting process.
Planting Plans: (These are completed after the structural plans but prior to work starting).
Planting plans, like structural plans, are essential for getting the right plants in the right place. It is not as simple as what goes where but includes plant spacings, irrigation requirements and so on. Planting plans allow us to quote for plants as we will be able to calculate how many are required.
Lighting and Electrical Plans: (These are completed in junction with the preferred electrician prior to work starting).
As lighting is such an integral part of the modern garden it is important to give it the attention it deserves. Power may be required for music, refrigeration and water pumps as well and it is on this plan that all these items are shown.