Contemporary Garden Designers
Contemporary Garden Design
has grown in popularity in the last two decades or more, which
is in part down to the rise in new fashions and how we live our
modern lives. Contemporary garden design is
what nature is to evolution, our styles, themes and thinking change with every
passing year. Materials change, innovation becomes more dominant and processes
improve yet we are continually thinking beyond the normal confines of design to
create uniquely individual gardens for our time and our age. With every
increasing styles of materials and changes we make to our homes using contemporary material’s and styles that
stem from a cultural shift in how our tastes are changing and how we
use our homes and gardens.
What is Contemporary Garden Design?
Design is so simple, that is why it is so complicated. Design is everywhere, and our choices are reflected in the everyday items we purchase, or the ones we aspire to have in our lives. Design is emotional, with good design and bad design impacting our responses, although we all have differing views. Contemporary Garden Design is all this and more by arranging each part of the garden into form and creating balance and problem solving.
Contemporary garden design can be defined using words such as ‘clean lines’ focusing on sawn paving, hardwoods for decking, stone, rendered walls, and reflective surfaces. Additionally, contemporary planting comes by using architectural plants such as box spheres, grasses, and creating drifts of bold planting to form statements. Lighting is also very important aspect to a contemporary garden and plays a fundamental role by adding a new dimension at night.
There are several principles to contemporary garden design and whilst every garden will differ, these elements are used throughout the design ranging from clean lines, bold statements, architectural planting, sculpture, geometry and structural features. Each principle or element is interconnected with the other in the process to develop your garden into an additional living space.
'Good design is making something intelligible and memorable. Great design is making something memorable and meaningful'. Dieter Rams
Contemporary Garden Design Surrey - What is Your Style?
Contemporary does not necessarily mean modern. At its most precise explanation, “contemporary” means the style and design of the moment. Therefore, contemporary garden design is not a style of one thread and you can still use traditional materials such as wood and stone, but they are aligned to a contemporary layout. If your style is contemporary this can be reflected seamlessly into your garden, and by aligning your home with your garden, we can create a transition that allows free movement by combining the interior to the exterior, rather than separating them.
In understanding your style, we will need to establish what colours, shapes, and themes you are looking to achieve. This is will include the entertaining space needed, planting you want, structure, sound, water, lawn space and so on. The choices are endless and often confusing. However, there are ways of establishing your styles and themes without looking further than your home, personality and what you like and love which allow us to understand what you want in your garden. Contemporary garden designers focus not only a geometrical style, but we will allow the design to ebb and flow using interconnecting shapes and circles, using materials to emphasis the contemporary aspect and feel to the garden. Contemporary garden design does not mean simplicity
Contemporary & Modern Garden Design Surrey - How is The Investment Weighed
Contemporary & modern materials are often expensive, so we will encourage you to maximise the investment by ensuring quality above quantity to ensure we can use the very best materials that the investment will cover. Our initial consultation is where we understand what you are looking to achieve within the investment and go over the requirements in detail whilst making suggestions on what we feel might work best within the investment.
Understanding The Investment
The importance of understanding your investment is vital to ensure we design a garden that will not overwhelm, or underwhelm you. Investing in your garden will improve your home and lifestyle and by understanding the amount you wish to invest we can then design the garden to meet this expectation. We do not want to design a garden 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 considered the options available, we will create a design proposal that detailing the elements discussed that is within the investment expectation and together with a mood board of thoughtful images we will reflect how the garden may look once it has been completed. Within the design proposals we set out the investment expectation and include our fee for designing the garden. Our designs start at around £1,200.00 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.
Contemporary Garden Design Surrey - The Design Process
The design process starts with a conversation, which allows us to understand what you are looking to achieve, the styles and themes that most inspire you and what your dream garden may look like with the considered investment.
After we have discussed the various aspects of the project and your availability, we will make a free consultation appointment with one of our senior designers, Gabriel Hopley, or Justin Manington, Creative Director. This is the point where we view the garden, look at the current layout and consider the aspects and the ideas you have conveyed. We will offer some inspiration and look at other potential ideas that have perhaps been overlooked and help give you a visualisation of what can be achieved.
Taking detailed notes and extensive pictures will help develop our proposals and look at the garden in terms of a survey, which is vital to ensuring the garden is designed to scale. The survey takes into consideration existing trees and plants, boundaries, structures and most important, height variations.
We then put together a detailed landscape design proposal that features one or two augmented reality concepts. This is where we use a real photo of the garden and overlay some design imagery to give you a taste of what can be achieved. Within our proposals we set out the investment expectation, theme, the interpretation, landscape and planting strategies together with a detailed mood board of images that convey the various thoughts, ideas and inspiration behind the design. Our fee structures are based on the amount of time the design will take, together with the survey costs.
Once you have received our proposals and had the time to review and would like to proceed, we then set our creative team of landscape designers to work!
Planting is extremely important and will be the visual fulfilment to your contemporary garden design. Think of the colours you love and how your personality will be reflected in your choices. Fragrance is important and how this will indulge 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.
Please take the opportunity to fill in the form opposite so we can understand what you are looking for and inspire you through our initial free consultation.
After the initial consultation we produce contemporary 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.