Each of these services can be used individually or as an integral part of the complete design process.
Invite Caroline to come and meet you for a first free consultation. She will listen to your wishes, help you develop your ideas, discuss your budget and way of life and get a feel for what will suit you.
By the end of this meeting you will feel very confident that you are talking to someone who understands the sort of people you are, the level of help that you need and the style of garden that you want.
The Design Cost
After that first meeting Caroline will email you with her anticipated design cost.
An average, level, London garden (circa 8 metres x 16 metres) can be surveyed by Caroline within her design cost but a larger garden will require a landscape surveyor for an additional cost.
(All aspects of the height and fall of the land, tree preservation orders, boundaries, irrigation, drainage and water harvesting will be taken into account at this stage.)
Once the survey is completed Caroline will start to draw her design for you. She believes you will find this sympathetic to your ideas, creative and original and will never fall short of your initial brief. At this stage, the design (Concept Design) is there for further discussion and can be altered to achieve exactly the garden that you want.
The Outline (agreed) Design
You now have a finished garden design (Outline Design), tailored to your specification and ready for implementation.
“The garden I always wanted but better than I ever imagined”
Annie Stevens, Annie Stevens Interior Design.
Caroline will produce a perfect, individual and beautiful planting plan for your garden with a detailed “plant schedule” for the nursery supplier. Caroline is a real gardener, she loves her flowers and will not only design a garden specifically for you but will also produce a beautiful planting scheme chosen from a wide palette of plants which will interpret your vision completely . She will order your plants from the nursery and oversee their planting or alternatively she will instruct the landscape contractor.
(At this stage Caroline will produce axonometric and perspective drawings if asked).
“God Almighty first planted a garden. And indeed it is the purest of human pleasures. It is the greatest refreshment to the spirits of man; without which, buildings and palaces are but gross handiworks”
Francis Bacon, philosopher (1561 – 1626).
Peter Garland, Caroline’s husband, can carry out the garden build on your behalf or alternatively you can put out to tender. For 30 years Peter had offices in Belgravia from where he ran his landscape contracting operations “Townscapes”. He has won a Gold Award at the Chelsea Flower Show and has been commissioned to work on many prestigious projects, for example at: Petersham Lodge – Richmond, The Holme – Regents Park, Kensington Palace Gardens, the Boltons etc. In the garden portfolio you will see some of his builds in Wandsworth, Wimbledon, Chelsea, Belgravia, Fulham, Clapham and Chiswick.
If you choose to use Townscapes as your contractors Caroline will waive all her monitoring/consulting fees over the course of the build, otherwise she will charge for these services.
(At this stage Caroline will produce setting-out drawings, construction drawings and specification/scope of works documents for the landscape contractor if asked.)
Whatever you choose, Caroline will stay closely in touch with you until the project is complete.
Maintenance, Lighting, Water & Sourcing
Do not underestimate the value of these! Caroline will incorporate lighting and water features into your design if you wish, and will source the perfect materials for you.
Caroline believes in using well made, reputably sourced garden furniture, pergolas, greenhouses, summerhouses… follies, statues etc. She would be delighted to help you locate these things or will have them tailor made to your specification.
If you would like to stay in contact with your designer after the project is complete, Caroline offers a fully comprehensive maintenance programme.