Design process

The first home visit and consultation is £50.00, this fee can be reimbursed if you chose to go ahead with the design work. This would be a “getting you know you session” when you could look through my portfolio and we can discuss your project/ needs.

If a full design for the garden is needed then I will put together a fee proposal for a Concept Plan and Sketchbook. To produce a Concept Plan I would need a topographical survey of the site and to conduct my own site analysis. The topographical survey is usually arranged by the client (I have some names and numbers of surveyors I have used in the past). If the site is small and relatively flat then I can do the survey myself.

Should you accept the quote for the Concept and Outline Design work I would arrange a second visit to include a site survey, take photos, take soil samples and pick up a topographical survey (this will provide all the detail I need to build up some workable ideas). In the meantime a PINtrest board or a collection of images of gardens that you feel reflect your style, or a mood, or a planting scheme, or just an idea (a pergola for eg) will help us distill an atmosphere. This process starts loosely with an eclectic mix of styles and moods and is gradually edited into something much more distinct. The Brief and Concept plan that you’ve commissioned will be based entirely on these ideas so this editorial process is integral.

The next phase of the design process would be to draw up detailed Master plan which would include any adjustments or minor alterations to the plan, a planting list; setting out and construction drawings (where necessary); and a full program of work. This would be quoted for separately once the Concept Plan has been agreed and the scope of work is apparent. All the details within this package will enable a landscaper to cost the build for you.

At this stage of the project you can decide if you want to continue to manage the build yourself, if you want me to help you find and manage a landscaper, if you’d like me to arrange the planting, or if you’d like to phase the work.

During the build I can be available for meetings with contractors; plant sourcing and ordering; plant setting out and planting; and project management. These are options that can be cut and pasted to suit the job and the client.

Day rates and fees for design work: £400 per day and £50 per hour.


Railway Line Meadow, 2016.