Frequently asked questions
What are the benefits to paying a garden designer to design my garden?
How long does it take to for the garden to be designed?
How long will take for the garden to be built?
Landscaping contractors can easily be booked up six months in advance, so it is important to complete the design stage efficiently, agree prices and fix your project into their schedules as early as possible.
How much will my garden build cost?
Hard landscaping - paving, decking, walls, fencing, garden structures, water features etc
Softscaping – the planting
The split of costs is roughly 80% hard landscaping and 20% planting, although this can vary according to the nature of the design. If the design is mainly planting and lawn areas, with minimal hard landscaping, then it will cost a lot less than a garden with large amounts of hard landscaping features.
Why do I need to set a budget?
Can we do the garden in stages?
Phasing a project is a great way of making it more affordable by spreading the costs. The phases can be designed in and contactors can price for them separately.
Our needs do not match your design packages, can they be tailored?
I am happy adapt my packages according to my clients needs. If you are a keen plantsperson and avid gardener and want to design your planting yourself, you can.
Can you help me find someone to build my garden?
I work with a number of professionally accredited landscapers and happy to make recommendations and arrange tenders.
Will a new garden add value to my house?
It is generally acknowledged by estate agents a well designed garden can add between 15-20% to the value of your home.
What advice do you have for choosing a garden designer?
It is important to feel a personal connection when choosing a designer. You will be working with them for a minimum of six months to realise your dream garden, and for some projects several years which means you need to be able to establish a good working relationship built on trust.
When meeting a designer, they should show examples of their work, not just images of finished gardens, but examples of the masterplan and construction drawings used to build them.
I only have a small garden, so it should not cost much to design and build?
The costs are generally higher for smaller gardens and budgets, as the same number of processes need to be undertaken, and the spaces are often more complicated to design due to the size and/or budget.
How much does it cost to get a garden designed?
There are different ways of costing garden design work. Some designers will charge a percentage of the build cost, some charge an hourly rate for work done. I charge on a fixed price basis, evaluating the scope of the project, the complexity of the site and the requirements from the brief given. This will generally range somewhere between 10-15% of the build costs.