Employing the services of an independent garden designer can actually help you save money!
Garden Designers are to landscapers what architects are to the building trade. We look at the whole space & create a garden plan to complement your lifestyle. By providing such a design template, comparative ‘like for like’ quotes can be sourced. Larger projects can be developed in appropriately timed stages to suite your budgeting.
A professional designer can help resolve issues where there may be a conflicting use of space or simply differences of taste within a household.
Professional planting plans take account of the individual sites aspect (shady or sunny, damp or dry) & soil type, ensuring only appropriate plants are used. No more impulse purchases from the garden centre’s eye-catching displays, only to discover the plant fails to thrive in your own patch!
A skilled garden designer combines plants using colour, texture & shape to create both visual & sensory interest all year round.
How much does a garden cost to build?
Generally professionally built gardens are regarded as comparative in cost to a quality built kitchen or small extension. Correctly constructed they are an investment, an outdoor room that can be enjoyed every day of the year.
Managing cost expectations
Obviously costs vary tremendously depending on a range of factors including: garden size, sloping ground, type of materials used & ease of access. As a very rough guide a basic build, could be from £100/sqm for hard landscaping (ground preparation, paving & labour) & from £50/sqm for soft landscaping (soil preparation, plants & labour) – Plus design fees. Design fees vary with size & detail of project (from £400 ).
If you would like to learn more about achieving the best value for your money please contact me for an initial chat.
How long does it take?
Unfortunately many people only start to think about a garden makeover when the spring weather is starting to pick up, dreaming of a wonderful new garden in place for that summer. This is occasionally possible for small projects, however, for most gardens a longer period of preparation is key to lasting success. Below outlines how long various elements may take when designing a new garden space. To discuss the ambitions for your specific garden project please do get in touch.
Timescales to consider
From my first visit, addressing the brief, the garden survey, through mood boards, concept plans to an approved design could take between 6 & 8 weeks. Once a design is agreed, contractor/build quotes can be sourced, this may take another 2 or 3 weeks or more . The length of time it takes to actually construct, prepare & plant the garden will depend on the design (days/weeks). However, the most lengthy period of time so often not factored in, is that good quality, reliable contractors are often booked up several months in advance. Another consideration is that the planting itself is best carried out in the autumn or spring time. So from start to finish a garden project involving hard landscaping,may take several months to reach fulfilment.
Target tip! – Commission design work in December/January/February, for construction/planting in the late spring or early autumn.