Hunt Garden Creations
Design Process
Described here are the stages we follow for a garden design and construction project:

Initial consultation

We will visit you to view the garden, discuss your project, and give you some guideline budgets. At this stage you can see more of our work and discuss your issues, tastes and requirements which will form the basis of our brief. The initial consultation typically takes 1-2 hours and subsequently we will be able to provide you with a quotation for at least the first stage of any design work.

Site survey

Once you have decided to proceed with the project then a detailed survey of the existing garden (or area to be improved) is made. This is usually undertaken by ourselves but for large or complex sites we will employ a land surveyor. The survey records the garden boundaries, gradients, existing paths, features, buildings, and plants. In addition, other details such as aspect and the garden’s immediate surroundings are noted, and tests are carried out on soil samples.

Design plan and sketches

Using the information gathered from the initial consultation and the site survey, we put together one or more plan drawings showing how the new garden would look. Usually more than one concept is presented. Sketches are used to help you visualise the changes and discuss any amendments or additions you would like to introduce. If the project is large then it may be divided into several phases which can be agreed at this stage.

Structural plan

Once the final design has been agreed, any changes are incorporated into the structural plan. This provides accurate details so that the landscape contractor can cost, set-out and build the garden. For some features such as garden structures, water features or hard surfaces, construction drawings are produced.
The structural plan is accompanied by a specification document which details every aspect of the project from working hours to soil preparation. We will approach our preferred contractors and manage the quotation process for you. You will be provided with a full, fixed price quotation for building the garden. If irrigation or lighting systems are to be used then plans and costs for these will also be provided at this stage.

Planting plan

The planting plan shows the location and spacing of all the plants in the design, both existing and new. A plant schedule accompanies this, listing the botanical names, sizes and quantities for the plan, and is used for costing, ordering and setting out the plants.

Planting

Once the garden has been constructed we can source, supply and set out all the plants for the garden and organise the planting.

Project management

We will closely monitor the progress of the project to ensure it is implemented satisfactorily and resolve any issues which might come up. This will involve site visits and you will be kept informed of progress throughout the project.

Maintenance and aftercare

A garden begins to evolve as soon as it is planted and although we do not offer a gardening service we are able to provide advice on how to make it look its best. You can opt to have a maintenance plan produced which will provide an easy-to-use month-by-month guide on the tasks to be done in the garden. Alternatively, we can arrange to visit you and offer you advice as the garden matures.

We keep in touch with our clients and enjoy seeing their gardens develop. It is one of the most rewarding parts of the business to see the pleasure our clients get from their gardens. See some of our designs by going to Portfolio.