The design and build process

Never had your garden designed before and not sure of the process? Our handy step-by-step guide explains each stage – from initial meeting to having your dream garden built:   

Stage 1 - Initial consultation.

We’ll aim to visit you to view your garden/landscape space and discuss what you want to achieve. It’s also a good opportunity for you to get to know us a bit more; you’ll be working closely with us over the project so having a good relationship will really help! After this meeting you’ll be presented with a proposal and quotation.


Stage 2 - Site survey & creative brief

We’ll visit you again and take a full brief from you – covering everything from whether you want a built in bbq or screen a nasty view, through to what style of garden you like (or don’t like!) or whether you want to attract bees and butterflies. We’ll also take a full measured survey of the site which will be used to create a scaled drawing back in the studio.


Stage 3 – Design development

We’ll use the brief and observations made on site to come up with a concept for the garden, which we’ll present to you in the form of sketches and a mood board. Once we’ve got your thoughts and feedback, we’ll refine the design and produce a 'masterplan’ – a fully scaled bird’s-eye-view drawing detailing all the key elements of your new garden.

Garden masterplan by Simon Orchard Garde
Section drawing of London Garden © Simon Orchard 2015

Stage 4 – Detailed drawings and planting plans

Once the design is approved planting plans will be produced detailing exactly what plants will go where.


Additional drawings and specifications will normally need to be produced enabling the landscaper to provide a quote for the build and create the garden accurately using the agreed materials. 


Stage 5 – Landscaping/garden build

We will normally be able to suggest a suitable landscaper for the job or you may your own contact. Alternatively we can manage a full tender process if required. During the build phase we can monitor the development of the landscaping works should you wish us to do so, to ensure everything runs smoothly.

Stage 6 Maintenance plans & ongoing maintenance

We can produce a maintenance plan for your garden enabling you to know what to do and when – to keep your plants, lawn and hard landscape areas in tip-top condition – all year round. Alternatively we can organise ongoing maintenance with our skiiled team of gardeners.

 Still not sure why you should use a garden designer? Let us explain how you can benefit