The Design Process
As Designers our profession can sometimes consume our whole life. Everyday is an observation of shapes, colours, materials, plants, scale, and inspiration is taken from everywhere. But a Designer’s greatest tool is their imagination; this is the true genius of design, the root of innovation.
- The initial consultation with the client is to establish ideas for the design, the desired look and how the site will function.
- Identify any constraints such as planning requirements.
- Consider need for 3rd party involvement, e.g surveyors, engineers or landscape contractors.
- Do a site analysis, take photographs, identify areas of need for privacy, areas of sun, shade and wind.
- Discuss budget.
- As a result of the initial consultation and site analysis a concept plan to scale is produced on AutoCad.
- This plan shows how the site is used, location of structures, pools pergolas garden beds, paths etc. It does not go into the detail of materials and plants.
- During this phase a meeting takes place with the clients to finalise the layout.
A detailed planting plan is produced to scale on Autocad. Includes photographs of all plants.
- Details of structures are produced as elevations to enable contractors to build accurately.
- Materials for paving, decking etc. are chosen and detailed.
- Dimensions are shown on plan to enable construction.
- 3D models can be produced on request.
- Once the design stage has been finalised we can help you choose the landscape contractors and oversee the job from start to finish.
- Ongoing maintenance can be organised if necessary.
Plans For DA's And Developments
Normally these plans are produced straight from the builders plans without site visits. See the brochure.
As a guide, most projects will follow this five-step process:
We will meet with you on site to ensure we understand the space we are designing, and what your requirements are. Once we have done this we will produce a written brief.
Usually we will carry out a detailed site analysis and make visual records of the site. In some instances this will include a full topographical survey.
Using the information gathered from the consultation and site analysis we will then produce a concept plan to illustrate our design concept for the space.
The next stage is to progress the sketch proposal into a detailed proposal showing planting and landscaping plus details of any bespoke elements such as pergolas or water features. Complex projects may require a detailed landscape specification document.
At this stage the garden landscaping process can begin, the garden design becomes a reality.
We can provide a full or partial project management service, or act as a professional advisor.