There are 5 stages to the design process at Stone and Leaf, starting with the initial consultation and ending with planting plans and construction details. We can also provide a project monitoring service, which offers peace of mind, should you wish to use your own contractors to build the project.
To start the design process a brief is taken from the client, listening carefully to any ideas you may have about the feel and mood of your new garden.
The client may or may not wish to be involved in the design process. If you have any images showing preferred materials or planting styles please show them to us now as the more information obtained during this meeting, the more bespoke a design can be produced. Lastly, we will bring some examples of our work for you to see, it is also very helpful at this stage if the client has an idea of their proposed budget.
At this stage Stone & Leaf undertakes an initial survey of the site and the adjoining property.
Site measurements are taken and any existing structural elements are mapped.
Site access, topography, orientation and utility services, soil type are also noted.
Following the initial consultation and site survey, we will produce a concept plan, mood boards and a 3D computer model of the proposed design and present to the client for approval. At this stage our our designer will also bring along samples of any materials he/she thinks will be appropriate to use in the construction of the garden.
Any amendments to the concept plans are presented to the client at this stage along with a specification-style quote showing a complete breakdown of the proposed works.
Where complicated or bespoke features/structures have been included in a project, to aid the landscape contractor in constructing a feature correctly we can provide detailed construction drawings that show the technical details, dimensions, exploded views, etc of that feature. These can then be issued to the contractor for tendering and construction purposes. Planting plan shows the positions of the chosen position for all the trees, shrubs, herbaceous plants, grasses, ferns and bulbs used in the garden. The plants are included on a plant schedule which shows their Latin names, quantities and sizes, a short form planting specification is also shown on the plan.
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