Individual projects differ in complexity, therefore the amount of input and services required will vary. Below is a rough guide to some of the services you may require.
Service & Fee Structure
This will be our first meeting, preferably on site, where we will discuss your requirements and aspirations for your project. Usually taking one to two hours during this time we aim to identify ideas, styles, themes, likes, dislikes and practical aspects of the project including budget and time scales. In response to this consultation you will receive to a written report and design brief identifying the direction of the design and your requirements. Depending on the project this may include loose sketches and images to confirm the aesthetic we will be working towards, along with a quote for future services to take the project forward.
A survey of the site to take accurate measurements is a necessary part of the design process. You may already have architects drawings with this information, or in the case of a simple small plot measurements could be taken during the initial consultation. For large or complex sites it will be necessary to engage a professional survey.
The concept plan will show the ideas for your design as a two dimensional drawing, perhaps with photographic reference or three dimensional sketches so that you can visualise how your garden could look. At this stage the design will still be evolving as you respond to the concept visualisations and ideas develop.
Having agreed the direction of the design, the next stage is to produce outline plans which will show the broad arrangement of the design to scale. In effect a map of the hard and soft landscaping elements with index and annotation as appropriate. Often this will be enough for competent contractors to work from.
Setting Out Plans
Setting out plans are particularly important for designs with strong geometry or sleek lines. They provide accurate guides for ensuring that the elements of the design lines up, are to scale and give clarity to contractors.
Detailed design drawing specify materials and construction details, an important part of ensuring that construction is undertaken to best practice, and invaluable in sourcing comparable quotations from contractors where there are significant constructed elements.
Choosing plants that are suitable for growing conditions and maximum impact from the design is crucial. A garden should have year round interest and be as inspiring in the dark days of winter as the blousy days of summer. Change and variety whether bold or subtle keep things interesting and uplifting, while permanent structure unifies the overall impact. Planting plans can be a simple diagram showing plants, their location and planting numbers or more detailed with additional information related to flowering season, plant characteristics, expected growth and spread, soil preparation, nutrition and maintenance.
Positioning plants takes a particular eye. With extensive horticultural experience and a cultivated understanding of planting combinations for the Scottish climate, Karen can lay out plants to great effect giving each plant the best chance of thriving.
Karen is available to oversee your project on an hourly consultancy capacity, keeping a professional design eye on the project as it progresses.
Depending on the precise nature of the project, other services can include:
- Care & Maintenance Strategies
- Award & Invoicing
- Building Supervision & Management
- Plant & Material Sourcing
Karen Laing is experienced in large and small scale garden design. Design services from site assessment to full outline plans, planting schemes, and project management are available packaged to your individual requirements.