External Designs | Garden Design, Landscape Design, Mark Pumphrey

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 design process


Simply: We aim to create gardens to be proud of.

We do this is by considering you the client first. By listening to you we gain a full understanding of what what you want from your garden, how you want to use the garden and what your personal tastes are. Looking at the styles you like and responding to these and the site.

Initial consultation
After contacting us we will arrange an initial visit to discuss your garden and introduce you to the way we work. At this meeting we discuss all the issues needed to understand your brief for the garden. Subsequently we will be able to provide you with a quotation for at least the first stage of any design work.

Concept Plan
An accurate survey of the existing garden is needed before any design work can take place. This is undertaken either by us, or in the case of larger or more complex sites, a land surveyor. It will record the house, boundaries, existing features and levels required for the subsequent preparation of the garden design.

The concept plan design consists of an outline plan indicating how the garden responds to your brief and site. It acts as a discussion document allowing us to present our ideas and talk through any changes you may wish to make as well as being a blueprint for project phasing (if necessary) and further detail design work.

Detailed Layout Plan
The Layout Plan incorporates any amendments agreed with you and is the plan from which a landscape contractor will be able to cost, set out and build the garden. Responding to selected and approved materials and annotated to provide supporting information. and the

Construction Drawings
Construction drawings of specific garden structures, water features or hard surfaces may be required and will accompany the Layout Plan providing relevant information for your contractor to build the scheme.

Planting Plan and Schedule
The Planting Plan shows the position and spacing of all the plants within the scheme, both new and existing. An accompanying Schedule lists the plant names, sizes and quantities and is used for costing, ordering and setting out the plants.

Project Monitoring
During the build process we can undertake a regular site visits at key stages of the work. Liaising with the contractor to ensure the project is implemented smoothly and that the work is being carried out as designed and specified.

Planting and Maintenance
After the hard landscaping has been constructed we are able to source, supply of the plants based upon the planting plans. We can set these out in your garden and organise the planting. We can also prepare easy to understand maintenance guidelines to aid you in caring for your new garden.