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Design process

The design process

The design process is broken down as follows:

Initial meeting

The design process begins with an initial meeting to view the garden and discuss my portfolio. The aim of this meeting is for you as a potential client to meet me and decide whether I am the right designer for your project. No design advice will be offered at this stage.

This meeting will typically last for 45 minutes or so and is free for clients living within reach of Richmond upon Thames or Warwickshire; travel expenses will be charged for meetings further afield.

Detailed consultation and design options

Should you decide that you wish me to design your garden, the next stage is a detailed consultation with you. This will identify your needs and the potential and characteristics of the site – together with any limitations there may be – as well as your plant enthusiasms and the ongoing maintenance level required.  

The client brief, including the budget, is discussed at this stage. Photographs are taken and a rough sketch of the site is made.

Following this meeting, the various design options will be assessed and a written report presented with a concept and overall theme for the design. An initial projection of costs will be included.

A charge is made for this consultation stage.

Full design proposal

Once you have approved the concept and overall theme, a full design is drawn up.

Following a site survey, if necessary, the concept is developed with mood boards and sketch plans. As the design is agreed, more detailed plans are prepared, together with a specification of materials.

Finally, a planting plan is produced. This will involve a planting overview, a plant schedule of quantities and sizes and individual bed plans where necessary.

Further services

Harbury Gardens offers execution and project management services to create your new garden.

I can also advise on contractors for your project, and administer the tendering process.

High quality plants can be sourced for your garden, in many cases at less than retail prices.

See the services section for full details of services offered.