Garden Design Process
Initial Visit – We meet and walk around the garden together. We discuss the things you want to do in the garden, anything that inspires you and any ideas you already have. I reflect on how the space feels in certain areas and what we can do to create atmosphere & sense of place. We come up with ideas together. All this information forms our brief. I then go away and produce a quote for design.
Survey – The survey is not just measuring the site, it’s the start of really getting to know the space. So whether I am surveying or we have commissioned a survey, I always spend time in the garden, photographing and getting a feel for the site. I begin to make notes about significant features, trees & plants, and I begin to make decisions.
Concept Sketches – I now produce varied concept drawings using pencil and paper. I then present them to you so we can discuss which version you like best. It’s also useful at this stage to discuss practical considerations such as potential cost differences.
Autocad Masterplan & Hand Drawn Visualisations – I produce a detailed scale masterplan, with information about paving, walls, levels and initial ideas for the structural planting. In this stage I am considering almost all the construction details which means any construction drawings required can then be produced quickly.
Construction Drawings – I produce side elevations, cross sections and construction plans to aid the landscapers understand the job for quotation, while also creating drawings which they can build from.
Planting Plans – I design the planting in detail with each individual plant listed and labelled. I can then source the plants myself, and once the hard landscape is finished, I position them personally on site, working alongside the planting team as they get everything in the ground.
Commissioning Landscapers – produce tender documents, such as the specification & construction details. I have a number of companies I work with, and I can either find the right one for your contract or work with a contractor you know. I then order specific materials, trees & plants. During construction, I consult throughout the works, detailing, and discussing the job onsite with the contractor.
I believe in having an ongoing relationship with all of my clients , so we continue to work together as the years go by.
Please feel free to call me to talk through your project. I look forward to creating a garden with you…
Doug Holloway 07951 781577