Initial consultation and site appraisal
A full design project usually involves the following stages.
First, we will meet with you on site to ensure we understand the space we are designing for and what your requirements are. At this stage we establish broad ideas for the design, taking into consideration the desired look, feel, and function of the space.
We will carry out a detailed site analysis and make visual records of the site. In most instances this will include a full survey of the space. Desired timescales for the project and initial budgets will be discussed.
A scale plan drawing showing the exact position of all the survey data is completed before any concept designs are prepared. We will also write a contact report which is sent to you to ensure that we have correctly interpreted your requirements.
Using the information gathered from the consultation and site analysis we will then produce a series of sketches to illustrate our design concept for the space.
We will include aerial plans and, where requested, 3-D views. We will meet with you to present and discuss initial design, looking at options for materials and looking at mood boards.
The next stage is to progress the sketch proposal into a detailed scale plan showing planting and hard landscaping plus details of any bespoke elements such as buildings or water features. Complex projects may require a detailed landscape specification document, including materials and construction details. Detailed planting plans with full schedules are usually provided, although a few clients prefer to handle the planting design themselves.