The North Leeds Garden Design Process has been created based on our years of experience in garden design and horticulture. Our 8 step design process covers every eventuality to leave you with the perfect garden and outdoor space. We always strive to make your vision a reality and this in-depth, tried and tested garden design process is key to making that happen. Please see below for an over-view of the garden design process steps and feel free to contact us if you have any questions about them.
1. Briefing Meeting
Following the meeting we will develop all the information from our discussion into your Proposal and send it to you for your approval, along with our fee quotation and Terms and Conditions of the contract. We are then ready to begin the development of your design.
2. Site Survey and Photographs:
3. Concept Diagram:
We will develop our initial ideas in response to your Proposal brief and the site survey and analysis, and then present and discuss these with you at the concept meeting. The concept itself will be shown as a draft hand drawn diagram and explores the layout of the garden without going into great detail. Typically it will identify the key areas of your garden by function and target: hard landscaping, planting, garden fittings. We will normally also show you a mood board to illustrate the kinds of features, plants and structures we are considering for your garden. We will also show you some illustrative visuals such as perspective drawings and an online mood board.
We will prepare a final drawing developed from the concept diagram and the shared discussion. The plan will be drawn to scale in ink and show the detail of the proposals such as positions of proposed paths and paving, walls and fencing and the extent and character of the planting (not individual species at this stage). It will be accompanied by notes to explain the plan further and provide technical detail on materials and structures. Our plans are hand-drawn to scale; we do not use computer-aided design.
5. Detailed Design and Specification:
In some cases it may be necessary to prepare construction details for features such as ponds, pergolas and steps. We can also provide a detailed build Specification of Works if you are considering going out to tender for your garden build.
6. Planting Plan:
We will develop a detailed plan of all the new planting in the garden once the Masterplan has been agreed with you. This is a scale drawing showing which plants will be set out where, showing the position by individual plant species. All plants will be appropriate for your soil conditions and aspect. North Leeds Garden Design are experienced horticulturalists and so we will also provide you with a quote for providing plants, planting and mulching.
7. Pricing and Implementation:
We work with various landscaping companies who understand our plans and the high quality of implementation we expect. They all deliver high quality work for a competitive price. They will provide you with a fixed-price quote for installing your new garden based on the agreed Masterplan and Construction Details.
8. Project Inspections:
The exact number and timing of these inspections is based on the complexity of the garden being built, and therefore we will be able to give you the fee for these once we have an agreed Masterplan.
If you wish we can also carry out project liaison, which enables more frequent and detailed communication, helps resolve any design implementation issues which may arise with your contractor, and helps projects run more smoothly.