Garden design Bristol, Somerset & London
Full drawing package
A full drawing package usually involves a series of creative and scoping stages, working towards a complete set of drawings and specifications for the Tendering process. Here is a brief overview of the process:
First meeting: Viewing your garden with you, discussing how you and your household would like to use it, your practical needs and aspirations. Assessment of the garden's potential and any significant limitations.
Survey: Measuring the space, marking out boundaries and any structures and planting that will remain in place. I will usually do this in person for smaller gardens; however where the garden is large or has complex level changes, a Chartered Land Surveyor may need to be appointed.
Concepts: We'll get together again to discuss the concept sketch and the way forward. From here I will be able to estimate guideline costings for planting and construction, and proceed to the detailed Outline Plan.
Detailed Outline Plan: Designs for the new space, including (as appropriate) planting beds, position and size of trees and shrubs, paths, patios, terraces, water features and ponds, vertical structures, services and practical facilities.
Planting Plan(s): Planting Plans show the exact positioning of every plant to be included in the new scheme, at their average projected size three years from planting, and are supported by details of purchase sizes and quantities.
Construction Drawings: Sections, details and setting out drawings for laying and jointing patterns, fixed dimensions, run-off and drainage considerations. These details will make all the difference to the quality of the finished garden.
The final plans, scoping and specifications are then made available for your chosen plant nursery and/or landscape construction team, who will use them as a basis to submit their Tenders for the building and planting of your new garden.
Too much information?
If you prefer to discuss the different options over the phone, please email me with your name, number, and the best time to call, and I'll get in touch.
Contractors & suppliers
You may prefer to work with people you know, or I can put forward the names of companies that are known to me or come recommended by fellow garden designers.
Nurseries & planting
I can suggest reputable nurseries to supply and plant the garden. For smaller gardens I may shop around to obtain the best plants on your behalf, and plant them myself at optimum times during the year.
Monitoring, managing & maintenance
You may wish to monitor the implementation yourself. However if you would like support in this area, I can inspect the build and planting on your behalf, at key intervals, and provide you with written reports.
Monitoring can help you achieve an implementation that is timely, within budget, and to the quality and standards you expect.
For the future, I can provide you with maintenance plans to keep your garden performing to its optimal potential throughout the year.