Whether you’ve just moved house and want to make your mark on your new home, your children need a safe environment to play in outdoors or your family has grown up leaving you to enjoy your garden in peace – you’re ready for a new garden. So where do you start?
Four steps to a fabulous garden
By appointing a garden designer with practical horticultural and landscaping experience you can be assured that beautiful ideas are transformed from paper into reality and you will be delighted with the end result.
George will visit you at home to discuss your particular needs. He’ll talk to you about how you’d like your garden to look, any specific features you need and what’s possible for your particular garden size and situation.
He’ll explain what plants are best suited to the soil type, aspect and available space. And he’ll advise you on which hard landscaping features are practical, taking account of levels, drainage and existing features. You’ll also be able to talk to George about your budget and get an idea of the relative cost of different options.
There is no charge for this visit.
For his second visit, George will have prepared some preliminary designs, coloured sketches, visualisations and rough costings. You’ll be amazed at how your current garden can be transformed. This is the opportunity to consider alternative solutions, refine ideas and agree the scale and scope of the work to be done.
It’s important to be making the major decisions on the key elements you wish to include in your final design and those you might want to keep as options. The details George gathers at this meeting will determine the final specification and costs associated with your new garden.
Design fees start at around £500 and half of this is payable on completion of the preliminary design.
Day One of the project is often quite daunting as what was a familiar part of your home, quickly becomes transformed into something unrecognisable. You can be assured, however, that George’s hands-on approach to project management means that the design you have agreed with him is what is created.
From time to time during the course of the project minor adjustments may have to be made to take account of the unexpected.You need not worry, however, as George will work closely with you to deal with any practical issues or concerns you may have along the way.
His experience of transforming literally hundreds of gardens, means that he’s dealt with most eventualities before and possesses a real skill in being able to visualise the end result. Stage payments are made throughout the course of the project, the final one being due on its completion.
On completion of your garden, George will leave you with detailed notes and guidance on how to care for your garden – from how and when to water through to when to cut your lawn for the first time.
As part of our service, a member of the Care & Development team will visit you a few months after your garden is completed to check on the progress of your plants and to answer any questions you may have.
If you need advice at any later stage, you can just email firstname.lastname@example.org.