Caroline’s landscape and garden design style is typified by an instinctive and intuitive response to each individual site. Her designs emphasise the strengths of every location’s natural character so each garden develops a completely unique look and atmosphere. Practicality is also central to Caroline’s work and she creates relevant outdoor spaces that are perfectly suited to the needs of their owners.
Successful gardens evolve as a result of a detailed process where Caroline gets to know her clients, the way they want to use their outside spaces and their likes and dislikes. Taking a thorough brief is a an important element and time spent at this early stage proves beneficial later on when the design proposals are produced.
Caroline has extensive experience, gained over the last 15 years, of designing a wide variety of gardens – whether small, urban spaces or large country estates. Whatever the size of garden, the procedure is the same. The process is outlined below:
The design process
Site Analysis, Brief and Quotation
The first step of the design process begins with an initial visit in which Caroline views the garden, completes a Site Analysis, considers the design implications and together you talk through your personal requirements.
The ‘Site Analysis’ assesses the whole site in terms of aspect, views, existing materials and features, soil conditions and any other elements that will have a bearing on the design.
The discussion and the results of the Site Analysis are then written up in detail to form a Design Brief which is sent to you for approval. This document is fundamental to the whole process and ensures that the Client’s requirements—both practical and aesthetic—are understood at an early stage in the project. Issues such as Planning or building restrictions should also be covered at this stage to build in any necessary timescales or specialist help required.
At this stage, a Quotation for the design is also provided.
Once the Brief is approved, a Surveyor will be instructed to thoroughly survey the site. This accurately measures and plots all the boundaries, the footprint of the house and other buildings, large trees, other existing features and—very importantly—level changes.
Following on from the detailed preliminary work, a Concept plan is presented with additional material to help you visualise Caroline’s design proposals. This may take the form of sketches and illustrations or may include samples of materials and a mood board, to give you a strong impression of the atmosphere and style of the proposed garden design.
A full colour presentation plan is also drawn up once any required changes to the concept plan are agreed.
Building Specification and Technical Documentation
Once the design is approved Caroline puts together technical drawings, a building specification and other tender documentation to source accurate quotations from suitable contractors.
If required, Caroline can continue to work with you beyond the design stage. Once a contractor has been appointed she can monitor the project on your behalf from start to finish ensuring the design concept is fully realised.
Once the garden structure is complete Caroline will produce planting and maintenance plans to suit the amount of time you wish to devote to your garden. Whether you want a garden which needs little maintenance or one which requires your total devotion, she will devise a plan to suit you and your garden.
On-Going Management, Development And Maintenance
This process ensures that the space fulfils its aesthetic potential with plants that fit its style, its condition and the size of the space. In addition to all of this an ongoing maintenance service can be provided. Caroline can discuss returning on a regular or seasonal basis to discuss progress and development or she can help you to recruit a professional gardener to work in your newly completed garden.