These are questions prospective customers sometimes ask. We hope our answers will help you.
How long does it take to design a garden?
The design process normally takes two to three months. The time for construction may be affected by the complexity of the design, the availability of the contractors and, of course, the weather. Also bear in mind that I may need to ask you to wait because of current workloads; the old adage is true that someone who can “start straight away” is perhaps less likely to deliver what the client wants. If it’s worth having it’s worth waiting for!
What is the largest garden design project you have worked on?
I have worked on gardens of several acres and am comfortable with gardens of all sizes.
Where do you work?
I work country-wide, although I am based in Herefordshire and much of my activity is in the Marches and West Midlands, as well as the Cotswolds and Wales.
How much does a newly-designed garden cost?
I offer a bespoke service and every project is unique. Every part of the process, including construction, must be professionally undertaken for a result that is to stand the test of time.
It follows that each project is individually priced. However, as a very rough guide, the cost of design, construction and planting for a typical garden may be comparable to that for a professionally designed and built extension to your property. For large or complex projects it may be more.
The overwhelming evidence from my clients is that their new gardens enhance their lifestyles far more than they could have imagined. Their normal reaction is that their money has been very well spent.
Wouldn’t it save me money if I used a firm that could both design and construct?
Possibly, but not necessarily. But there are other things to consider.
The designer’s service to you may be compromised by their loyalty to their firm. This could affect the design and the degree to which they are willing to accommodate your wishes.
While the firm itself may be accredited, their design service may not be. This could adversely affect the quality of the design and the plans you will be asked to agree, as well as limit the choices of plants and hard landscaping materials.
As a professionally accredited independent designer my loyalty is always to you, the client, and my designs reflect this. My job includes knowing about construction requirements and techniques so I can be confident that what I propose is achievable and likely to be affordable.
What about a firm offering a free design service?
The issues are as above, only more so! The old adage that “There’s no such thing as a free lunch!” applies here. The firm will have to recoup its design costs in some way. Do you really want to wait until it’s too late before you find out how?
How much input will I have?
I strongly believe that a satisfied client is one who has been involved in the process throughout. So I take time to listen, give you ample opportunity to comment on ideas and make your own suggestions, and make sure you are happy with design proposals. My whole approach is to be open and communicative with you. I want you to be delighted with your new garden!
Will you organise the whole process?
Yes. Experience shows my continued involvement in Project Monitoring results in a painless process for you. It’s worth remembering that a new garden is a major undertaking and many clients have benefited from the reassurance of a professional who has “seen it all before”.
How do I find a contractor to undertake garden construction?
I can help you choose a suitable Contractor for your project.
Can you design a garden that is accessible for people with disabilities?
Yes. I have successfully completed stunning gardens that are accessible for the disabled.
Do you work throughout the year?
Garden design work is undertaken all year round, just like architecture or interior design, as is subsequent construction (subject to the vagaries of the British climate!).
If you have any further questions on garden design call Mary on 01981 200232 for a no-obligation chat or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Or feel free to fill in our Contact form and we will be happy to call you back.