This is the introduction process for both client and designer to meet and agree upon conceptual ideas.
It is a time to identify the desired character of the site, positive elements to be retained or enhanced and any existing problems to be eliminated (visual or functional).
It is also important to discuss at this early stage the planting effects and plant preference if any. It would be helpful if the customer has some ideas on material, style and plants, colour, flowers, fragrance etc… before the consultation and any visual ideas from books, magazines and the internet are very welcome.
Another important feature to discuss is the budget envisioned for the project and annual maintenance cost (if any), the design can vary greatly depending on the budget and the choice of plants may vary depending on the maintenance level.
The next stage of the design process is the Site Survey, a return visit to the site will need to be scheduled for further analysis, measurement and photographs.
If the customer has any plans of the garden/site it would be very helpful for the designer to have a copy or borrow them in order to speed up the site survey . It can save a great deal of time locating details such as boundary lines, buildings, utilities and existing plants.
If no such plans are available then measurements need to be done by hand on site and repeat visit may be necessary in order create a base plan or concept drawing.
Garden Design Plans:
You will be presented with two finished plans, the first plan Garden Layout Plan will be the garden as a whole. Once this design has been agreed upon a more detailed Planting Plan will be presented.
Garden Layout Plan:
This plan will be a complete final design of the whole garden, including the house and garden boundaries. This plan will centre around the hard landscaping such as paving, garden building, lawns, planting outlines, trees, water features & lighting depending on the client brief. The plan will also include Sketch Elevations or Section Drawings in order to represent the finished design on a vertical plane. This plan is copyrighted by Charlotte Love Garden Design.
Once the Garden Layout Plan has been approved, the plant selection can begin. At this point if the client has any ideas or favourite plants they should inform the designer. The Planting plan will be a detailed drawing of the plant layout including full Latin names and plant quantities. The plan will also include Sketch Elevations of proposed planting. This plan is copyrighted by Charlotte Love Garden Design.
Once the plans have been presented, Charlotte Love Garden Design can help provides professional support for every phase of your project from the build to the maintenance.
Choose from a variety of options, ranging from a full planning service to individual advice, from the practical integration of existing elements to a complete redesign. Our work is always of the very highest standard.