GARDEN DESIGN PROCESS
A great garden begins with a great design and our team of in-house garden designers and horticulturalists work closely with you to create a garden that not only looks fantastic, but is also practical and easy to maintain.
There are four stages to the design process - survey, concept, masterplan and planting plan.
Before we begin work designing you a beautiful garden we need to find out a few key details, such as the exact size and shape of the area, the heights and falls of the land, where the services and drains are located and the position of existing trees and plants. To find out this information we conduct a thorough and extensive survey of the garden. This will typically be carried out by members of our design team and construction team so that both can discuss any potential issues as they are measuring. We also take dozens of photographs from every angle whilst surveying, so that these can be referred to back in the studio when drawing up the survey.
On large projects, or ones with complicated levels and detail, we may chose to use a specialist surveying company who plot everything on to CAD (Computer aided design) using GPS devises. Our design and construction team will also spend time on site accessing the area so that they have first hand knowledge of the garden before designing.
Once the survey has been conducted, the creative and fun task of designing the garden begins. As each garden is different the way we present the concept design may vary slightly, but will be approached in the same way by using a 3D drawing program.
The survey will be imported from CAD into a 3D software program called Sketchup to ensure that the 3D concept drawing and final masterplan are all drawn to the same scale.
Sketchup is a great tool for our designers to play around with shapes and heights to quickly work out what will look good and and what the practical implications will be. Our design team will work on two or three basic layouts and then, depending on the project, present these rough sketches to you for comment or narrow it down to one idea and develop it into a detailed and rendered 3D sketch.
Once you are happy with the layout and look of the garden, a final set of concept drawings from several angles will be fully rendered to be as realistic as possible so that you can see how the garden will look when it's built.
The masterplan is a 2D CAD drawing of the final agreed layout and contains all the information required to communicate the proposed garden design to both you and our construction team. It contains details such as information on material types and sizes, surface heights and falls, location of features and service access points. Smaller scale section drawings may also be included for features such as raised beds, fireplaces and water-features, where more detail is required.
The masterplan is drawn to scale and will be used onsite by our construction team as a working drawing and is therefore the most important part of the design package.
The planting plan is the final piece of the design package and will be produced either before the build starts or, depending on the project, when the planting beds and hard landscaping are nearly complete.
Our design and horticultural team choose plants based on their suitability to your garden, taking into account the aspect, soil condition and degree of maintenance required, as well as the overall aesthetic of the garden design. Each planting plan is labelled with the species quantities and Latin names, along with detailed planting information for certain plants.
We carefully select plants from various established trade nurseries to ensure that each plant is healthy and in perfect condition when it arrives on site. Planting is the final dressing for your garden and as such our teams take great pride in placing and turning each plant to not only look their best, but also show off the craftsmanship of the surrounding hard landscaping.