Design is Everything
So what is garden design, and why does it matter? Design is everywhere and our choices with design are reflected in the last item of clothing we purchased, the new car we aspire to buy, the latest smartphone and gadgets we admire, the art hanging on our walls and the furniture in our homes. Design is everywhere, and design is everything, we are drawn by what inspires us, what we like to see and above all love.
"Design" A Method of Problem Solving
There are several principles to Landscape and Garden Design, and whilst every garden will differ, these elements are used within every project and range from scale, balance, unity, emphasis, texture, sequence, line, form and colour. Each principle or element is interconnected with the other in the process to develop your garden into an additional living space.
Gardens; "Symphonic to Our Needs"
Garden design is a way of arranging a garden so that it becomes symphonic to our needs. Garden design must take into consideration your home, fences, trees and other immovable objects. Also the view we have or if we are overlooked by neighbours, how your garden sits from sunrise to sunset, together with soil conditions and other factors these all need to be determined at the early stages of the design process.
What is Your Style?
There are an infinite range of styles to choose from, and often the process of choosing a garden design style can be mind-numbing. However, we are of course here to help, guide and talk you through the process.
Let’s start with the basic choices available, Contemporary, Traditional, Urban or Modern, Cottage and Formal. From this we can refine the choice by looking at the size of your garden, which could be small, medium, or even extensive. Then we look at how you will use the garden and what you want from a garden. This is where at the entertaining space needed, planting, structures, sound, water, lawn space and so on.
Where untimely start is with asking you the question, what is your style? Are you a contemporary type person who likes clean lines and interconnecting shapes. Or do you prefer a traditional style with formal planting with an organic feel . You may even prefer a cottage style garden with the care free lean towards planting, gravel paths, rectangular patterns and an abundance of colour and fragrance. The choices are endless and often confusing. However, there are ways of establishing your style without looking further than your home, personality and your loves that allow us to understand you.
We have several pages dedicated to principle styles with a links below that representing each of the styles listed. This will help you gain a better understanding of the type of garden you are hoping to achieve.
Garden Design - How is the Investment Weighed?
Our designs start at around £900.00 but are often based on 10% - 15% of the build costs. Additionally you can recoup up to 25% of the design costs if we construct the garden for you. However, our first initial meeting is free, and this is where we start to understand the project in more detail, so take advantage and make sure you have done your homework! Gardens though can be expensive, often the next biggest purchase to a house or a car. Therefore, it is important you carefully consider the amount of investment available and perhaps a contingency for tables, chairs, pots and other items you may need as the project progresses.
It is very important for us to understand the investment you want to make, and it is an investment which will improve your home, garden and lifestyle. Understanding your investment allows us to design the garden to meet this expectation and use the best materials we can within the design and build of the garden. We do not want to underwhelm or overwhelm you with a design that is not within the boundaries of your investment. Therefore, if you have not given this consideration until now, then we recommend you start to deliberate the investment you are most comfortable with.
Once we have met and considered all the options available, we will create a proposal that details the elements we have discussed, together with a mood board of thoughtful images that will reflect how the garden may look once it has been completed. The design proposals include our fee for designing the garden.
'Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful'. Dieter Rams
The Design Process
Garden design develops through inspiration, that’s why when we start the process we will keep developing the ideas as the project progresses. Perhaps you like hearing the sound of water or perhaps a pond that you had not really thought about before. Consider everything, from structures, lighting, sound and power supplies so plants and structural areas can be lit up at night.
Planting is utterly important is the visual fulfilment to your garden design. Think of the colours you love and how your personality will be reflective in your choices. Fragrance is important and this indulges the senses. And finally think how the planting will look throughout the year. Plants can be expensive, so think carefully how the garden will be managed and if this is something you may like us to undertake.
Think about the wider garden maintenance too and where the garden will be in five years. All these considerations are important when considering garden design.
When you start to think about what you want in your garden, you will need to go through many drafts of the wants, needs and must haves! This is ultimately driven by cost and what you want to invest is ultimately the most important process of the garden design.
Adding That Little Bit Extra
The Sound Of Music...
If you enjoy entertaining in your garden, then you why not consider bringing breathtaking sound with an external sound system. Imagine breathtaking sound quality that adds a new dimension to your entertaining area creating ambience and atmosphere. Turn your garden into an entertainer’s paradise with specialist sound system designed for gardens and not as expensive as you may think. Click here for more information.
Setting The Mood...
Your garden will be a significant investment, so make the most of every aspect and discover how your garden can be transformed at night. Lighting choices are wide ranging with the use of spotlights, up/down-lighters, and step-lights, recessed, and submerged. Your garden can be changed significantly at night and add an entirely new perspective and personality with focal points not seen during the day.
The idea of being outside with a fire burning in a specially designed fire pit, or even a shop purchased outside fireplace brings a romantic element that will change how you use your garden at night even more. From the warmth and glow on a summers evening to a cosy feeling on an autumnal day, an outside fire can be illuminating!
The Sound of Water...
Water in any form will enhance the senses whether in the form of a pond, waterfall or modern water feature. The sound of water on a hot sunny day can create a cool ambience within your garden, attract wildlife and bring further delight to your garden. Water is a fundamental part of our environment and adding something like a small water feature can bring your garden to life.
Explore Your Sences With Sensory Gardens
Gardens are about senses, sight, sound, touch, taste and smell and every garden should designed to encompass these to allow you to explore with each of the five senses. Gardens also provide therapy for a wide range of conditions. Sufferers of dementia find reduced anxiety in a garden with sensory themes by stimulating the lymphatic system within the brain. This can be achieved through smelling flowers, seeing vivid colours, sounds such as birds and bees, water and through touch using different textures. Sensory gardens are hugely beneficial to people with a wide range of needs such as sufferers of ADHD, ODD, dementia, brain trauma, Autism and the elderly as well as many others.
Take a look at some of Garden Design Themes on our other pages
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After the initial consultation we produce design proposals, which includes images relating to your style, needs and investment expectation. Within our design fee we include a full site survey and topography survey if required, which sets out the scale and potential scope for the garden design. This is then plotted into AutoCAD as our outline for the design. We then spend some creative time sketching out ideas through inspired images and the design brief.
We then plot our idea and concept into AutoCAD and when complete we then import the line drawing into PhotoShop where the design goes through a CGI process adding plants, structures, furniture and points of reference. This is further enhanced by adding shadow, embossing and detailing the design. During the process we believe in keeping you fully informed on how the design is developing and will send you a draft concept so we can ensure we are meeting your expectations, and of course iron out any issues that may be relevant. This makes the design process interactive and ensures we deliver a design that will thrill and excite you.
Once this is completed we then produce a 3D CGI concept image of one or two key areas of the garden allowing you to see the garden from a different prospective, this is then followed by a planting plan and subject to proceeding to the build stage, we also supply detail construction schematics.