My Hard landscaping company was formed about fifteen years ago. I soon recognised a need to employ my own Garden Design team of garden designers that not only designed attractive gardens, but also saw the importance of the practicalities like mobility, drainage and space for entertaining when designing garden makeovers, not filling every available inch with clutter, and to design safe retaining walls when terracing or levelling a garden.
I still remember attempting to replicate a large Victorian pond in a garden in Somerset. The design placed the pond in an area just one foot above the water table. The garden designer had not surveyed the area.
Or the expensive flagstone patio we built in August sunshine only to find it disappearing under water in October, despite the designer saying drainage wasn't necessary.
I work with a small team of self employed individuals and select the garden designer most suited to your needs and budget, some are good with small garden designs, some with large gardens, one specialises in gardens where mobility is a key factor and another designs sensory gardens, cottage gardens and prepares planting plans.
One thing we all have in common, is together, we design and build lovely practical landscapes, by listening to your own ideas, what you want from your garden and then discussing the practicalities.
None of us use computer programs, all sketches, plans and construction drawings are hand drawn, take practicality into account and show how the finished design will look in your garden.
We arrange to meet you in your garden during a free consultation to discuss your thoughts, Ideas, preferred materials and design cost etc, and produce an outline plan. The next stage will be to produce the master plan which includes the structures, materials, specifications for footings and depth of sub base etc.
Planting plans, If the garden design includes a planting plan, this would include plant names, quantities and planting positions.
The designer will have a portfolio of recent garden designs and agree a fixed price and give a time promise for the garden design process.
We work with other trades like electricians for night lighting and connecting water features, and can price and supply almost any concrete or natural stone chosen by you.
Your's and our Ideas
First Visit is to meet up and talk over your ideas, have a look at your garden and agree a meeting to prepare a detailed brief and the basis of the design.
Site Survey. We will usually carry this out but for large scale changes in levels a report by a Land Surveyor may be needed.
This meeting sets out the proposals for your garden, including areas of hard landscaping and planting plans. The plan is discussed and agreed with you and any changes will made at this stage.
After agreeing the outline, a Layout Plan is drawn up showing the position of the main features and how the garden is to be set out and constructed. Its the basis for us or a landscape gardening contractor of your choice to build your Garden from.
Construction Drawings - if necessary, separate drawings can be provided of water features etc.
Hard landscaping- If you choose your own gardening contractor to do the work, we can monitor the work
and visit the site on a regular basis to ensure that work is being carried out to our design.
Planting plans will detail the name of each plant, position, spacing for planting and quantities required.
Supply and Planting - We can source the plants, and if required plant them.
The services of a local maintenance gardener can also be arranged.
Garden designers, designing gardens and writing planting plans that work for you and your garden.
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