Landscape and Garden design commissions include the following (as appropriate and/or required);
Consultation – Initial site visit to discuss requirements, desires and aspirations for landscape and garden. A Client Brief will be taken together with the initial assessment of the site and a report prepared.together with an estimate of design fees for client approval.
Concept Garden Design – A full topographical Site Survey will be commissioned using a professional surveyor. A detailed Site Analysis (with photographs) will be undertaken by the designer. Using the Client Brief, Site Survey and Site Analysis data Concept Garden Design drawings, plans, models, mood boards and associated material will be prepared for presentation.
Detailed Garden Design – The production of Detailed Garden Design plans including; removals, setting out, construction elements, garden irrigation & garden lighting and construction specification are prepared for contractors to tender for construction of the design.
Planting Design – The production of detailed Planting Design plans for all planting areas, plant schedules and associated information with planting specification will take into consideration the Client Brief and Site Analysis and be based on the Detailed Garden Design plans.
Implementation – The preparation of competitive tender documents for fixed-price quotations and appointment of contractor. Project Monitoring either with client and contractor or contractor only can be undertaken. The setting out of plants according to the Planting Design plans can be undertaken under the direction of the designer and with contractors as appropriate.
Ongoing Consultancy – Regular visits to ensure that the establishment of the new landscape and garden is managed in conjunction with any desired maintenance schedules provided for clients or contractors can be arranged.
All design work is worked up to presentation using Vectorworks CAD software. A fully bespoke landscape and garden design are created for each client and garden.
Crowe garden design is located on the Essex Suffolk border ideally positioned to consider commissions for rural, country, city or town gardens and landscapes throughout East Anglia (Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire) and London.
National and international projects are also considered.
Typical project budgets commence from £20,000.
Adrian Crowe (dip gd Pickard / and short. landscape & garden design)
“Adrian’s lifelong passion for gardens and landscape design has led ineluctably towards the profession of garden design. Worldwide travel coupled with an intimate knowledge of English landscapes and gardens has informed and inspired his gardens, culminating in the simple and bold style that is his hallmark.
His instinctive grasp of the essence of a good garden has been complemented over time by an impressive collection of qualifications and awards: landscape and garden design studies at Otley college (Suffolk), Garden Design Diploma from the Pickard School of Garden Design in London, medals including a number of Golds in successive years at shows ranging from the local to the international RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Adrian is known to many in the profession as the man with the little black book. Never seen without it, he records in it every possible influence, intention, idea and inspiration, later converting and incorporating the best ideas in his commercial and exhibition gardens. This restless, questing and inquisitive approach to every aspect of the outdoor design has honed and refined his notion of the gardens he is striving to create for his clients – gardens that possess a bold underlying simplicity and practicality. Designing modern and contemporary gardens and the landscape with attention to detail and quality is his passion.
Adrian is currently a member of the Royal Horticultural Society, the Woodland Trust and Friend of the Society of Garden Designers amongst many other varied organisations. He lives with his family outside Colchester in Essex.”
Andrew Marson – (MSGD) garden designer
When we started to look at the garden our ideas kept changing?
Not knowing where to start inhibits the ability to visualise. With strong ideas or differences of opinion clients can be too close to the situation. Garden designers bring experience and the ability to focus on client ideas. They can guide and advise.
What should I think about when considering my new garden?
The structure of the garden and how it is laid out, considering the location and amount of hard landscaping, focuses the mind on how the garden is to be used. The style and mood of a desirable garden is unique to each client and guides how the structure and planting to compliment this is desired. The ‘what, why, when, how, where and who’ should be asked of everything from garden furniture, garden lighting, water, entertaining and planting.
How much should we spend on our garden?
Be realistic. Clients can spend as much as they desire dependent on their love and the importance of their garden. A client looking to create a new garden might consider spending in the region of 10% of the value of their home.
How much does it cost for a full garden design?
Fees charged would be between 10-15% of the total project cost. This would be worked up in detail and itemised by project stage for client approval after initial consultations have been completed. A nominal initial consultation fee may be charged but would be offset against the final fees on appointment.
How much does it cost for a planting design?
Fees for planting design alone would be calculated at a fixed rate depending on the requirement and after discussion with the client on-site during an initial consultation.
Help us visualise how to set a budget?
Setting a realistic budget is important. A garden designer will design to the budget. Before buying a car and getting to the showroom a decision has been made. Deciding on a sporty hatchback is very different to executive saloon. Expectations have been managed and refined, similar when considering the budget for a garden.
Could we not design and build our garden?
Gardens require time, a precious commodity amongst successful people, and are about time (the fourth dimension) in creation and development. Creating a new garden is likely to be a labour of love. Working many hours a week, the weekends are precious time. As an example, if 3 contractors working 5 days a week with all their experience and equipment took 4 weeks to construct this equates to 30 full weekends without distraction or problems.
How long might the process to design and build take with a garden designer?
It is sensible to consider that from the initial consultations through developing the concept design, detailed design and implementation at least 12 weeks should be allowed depending on site and size. Of course, this can be shorter or longer in duration, the key is to not expect it next week.
Who actually will build the garden?
Accredited, respected professional contractors (BALI/APL) will always have busy schedules.
What might impact building the garden?
Building and construction for a garden will be dependent on the weather and the seasons as is planting a garden. In the United Kingdom delays are usually not significant, contractors and designers can offer professional advice for each project. High specification elements might need to be bespoke.
What will impact the costs of a garden?
Large mature specimen plants cost more than small. York stone paving is more expensive than prefabricated slabs.
Materials and the desired finish will affect the budget. Lighting and water; sculpture, structures and buildings increase costs. They all add complexity as well.
Why consider garden design?
Gardens and garden design have been described as “the ultimate luxury, requiring space”. All our available space is reducing so it is to be maximised not wasted.
What is the benefit of a garden or landscape?
A garden or landscape is a place to withdraw and reflect, containing the elements of life and providing opportunities to cultivate thoughts and emotions. Whether for relaxation, solitude or entertainment gardens and landscapes offer unique potential.
What might prompt getting a designed garden?
Planning for a specific date; anniversary, birthday, wedding, graduation, in fact, any party event. These and more are good reasons to reconsider your garden, be it planting or a complete redesign. School holidays can be used as targets, to enable maximum use to be had for children and adults wishing to entertain.
What are a garden design and landscape design to Crowe garden design?
Garden designers can express and be creative using a multitude of materials, skills and inspiration. Simplicity and practicality are paramount.
Landscape design embraces garden design, it can be regarded as similar and many might say relates to larger-scale projects, although not necessarily the case.
What is planting design to Crowe garden design?
You can have a garden without any plants, but it is nicer to have some, be bold and create impact, keep it simple.
Can we just get planting design?
Planting Design is popular for those happy with their garden but requiring that ‘newly decorated’ feel. Restoring an established garden might require only a planting design. Planting design is likely to cost less than a full garden design.
Why should I use a garden designer?
Garden designers can save time, money and effort, ensuring that the right elements are in the right place, they are conduits to a world of ‘can do’.
What is the benefit of a designed garden?
A professionally designed garden can add value to your home possibly in the region of 15%. A garden designed and built will add a unique selling point when considering the option to sell and move home. In the meantime the benefits to quality of life will have been enjoyed.
What does garden design involve?
The garden design includes the disciplines of design, horticulture, construction and environmental awareness to name a few.
Does the size of the garden or landscape matter?
Whether designing a contemporary garden, modern garden, urban courtyard, town garden, balcony terrace, roof garden, front garden, chic garden, traditional garden or classic country garden the design processes follow the same principle. (Other garden styles are available!)
Why should we get the garden designed before the kitchen and bathroom?
Simple, after resolving the garden whilst you are busy focusing on the kitchen and bathroom dealing with a multitude of issues you can use the garden to relax and unwind. It will also develop whilst you have focused elsewhere. It is likely also that it will not result in the old enamel bath ending up in the new garden!
“Thank you for designing our wonderful garden” – Mr & Mrs F. (Suffolk)
“Throughout the project you kept a positive and focused outlook and the results speak volumes.” – Mr & Mrs W. (Suffolk)
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