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The client briefing is an on-site meeting where Jane can discuss the aspirations for your outside space and hopefully develop a rapport. Following this meeting we will probably revisit the site for further familiarisation and a site analysis. If applicable, architect plans will be called off for analysis to ensure an inside/outside design collaboration. A written brief detailing your requirements is produced and sent to you with our design fee proposal. Once approved this brief forms the basis for the design development to move forward.
A full topographical site survey is essential as it provides the detailed information required to complete an accurate design solution and subsequent construction; its a money saver for the client because it prevents construction errors.
An outline design drawing ‘package’ is generated taking into consideration all the above elements. This is presented as an A3 portfolio to include scaled, rendered plans and elevations if needed (or annotations when not), perspective drawings, and planting plus hardscape mood board images. This documentation conveys the design intention for client visualisation, but does not provide the detailed information required by a contractor to build the design.
On approval of the Outline Design, a detailed drawing package is developed using a computer aided graphics programme for accuracy. Materials specifications, quantity and type, are drawn up. Included in detailing will be a detailed final master plan (to include any agreed alterations after outline presentation), planting plans, plant specifications of size and type, and detailed construction drawings. The detail package provides all the information required for a contractor to produce an accurate estimate and to build the design to the agreed designer specification.
At this point (or earlier) a decision can be made to phase the build.
The detail design drawings serve as the basis for tender, contractor collaboration and ultimately supplier contracts (including safety). The drawings are sent to potential shortlisted contractors, to enable them to produce a costing assessment. Two or three comparative and recommended contractors are invited to issue quotes; ultimately the selected contractor will deliver work of the highest quality demanded by Jane.
Once a contractor has been chosen, costs agreed and construction commences, we can project monitor to completion. We can organise and attend regular site meetings or arrange ad hoc request visits, with the contractor, to ensure that the design is built to plan and finished to our high standard. Inevitably issues that may arise during the build can need revisions to the design. As before construction elements can be phased if required.
Jane will specify, select and source all plant materials from specialist plant nurseries, ensuring that they arrive safely and in prime healthy growing condition on site for the contractor to plant up. Planting and supply can also be a phased operation and is predominantly done in the autumn, winter and spring months in the United Kingdom (especially now that we have warmer summers). When planting is complete, regular site follow up visits can be quoted for to ensure all plants have taken correctly and are progressing as expected. Occasionally substitutions are required.
We can produce a maintenance schedule for you or gardeners to follow after project completion. Jane recommends a formal hand-over. The first two years are particularly important for the successful establishment of your new outside space. If you would prefer professional help we can recommend expert maintenance teams, or help source a gardener. We can remain available should you require any advice after the project completion; plants do ‘evolve’ and initially the client can feel a level of insecurity.