DESIGN PROCESS

 

Initial Design Consultation

This part of the process will take the form of an onsite visit to discuss your requirements, to gather the information to produce a design that matches your lifestyle, personality and overall feel for the space. This is when a budget is usually discussed in order to create a realistic design cost proposal. We provide a free initial consultation where we can find out more about your requirements and we can outline some ideas.There is a vast choice of materials on the market these days allowing us to create a variety of styles, and moods.

 

Site Survey

We will gather all the important information that we need to create a design. Measurements, topography, aspects and soil condition are all taken into account and digital photographs will be taken to help create the plan. Any existing features or plants you wish to keep will be carefully noted and annotated on the plan. 

 

Design Brief

A letter identifying a brief and proposed fee for the design work will be sent to you.

 

Concept Proposal

Valencia`s Gardens will provide some concept designs for your project. The purpose of this stage is to incorporate your brief into initial design layouts and to convey the feeling of the proposed garden to the client. Together we can consider the materials which can be used in the design and adjustments to the plan can be made. 

 

Design Plan

It is the main plan and it will include details of materials, design elements,features, and any other information required to communicate the overall design. The finished plan will then be presented to the client, illustrating all hard landscape features. Any other features that required construction drawings will be shown on the plan. Once the design concept has been approved, a detailed design plan will be prepared.

 

Planting Plan

Detailed planting schemes can be drawn, in additional to the scaled garden plan. We provide either a digital planting mood and plant list or planting plan, which will show plant names in Latin, quantities and their forms and sizes. These are priced separately from the main garden design. All plants will be selected to meet several criteria including garden soil conditions, borrowed landscapes, aspects, texture and size of the plants, seasonal requirements and style to ensure all year round interest. There is no reason why, if a garden is well prepared and carefully planted, that colour and interest cannot span all four seasons. Valencia`s Gardens has the ability to combine knowledge of design and hard landscaping with love of plants.

 

Construction Quote

Once you are happy with the design, we can then quote to build your chosen design from start to finish in one go, or it can be done in phases that suit you. 

 

Project Management of the Construction

When the quote has been accepted, we will issue you with a start date. Valencia`s Gardens prides itself in the quality of its workmanship and our dedicated team of professionals. We work to the highest standards employing the latest techniques and hing quality material, getting the job done with as little disturbance as possible.

 

Planting

Once the garden has been built, plants are delivered and set out according to the plan. This allows necessary last minute adjustments to be made to maximize the impact of the planting. Our plants are of the highest quality, hand sourced from our established network of specialist nurseries, selected to thrive in their environment. Our specialist knowledge of what to plan and where, gained from Dan Valencia`s many years in horticulture enables us to provide the softening, interest and maturity that any garden needs.

 

After Care Advice

Maintaining the garden is important as the years go by. If required, Dan Valencia will write a report on the maintenance plan to keep the garden looking at its best.