Joe has many years of experience managing a construction company, so project management is an area where the practice is able to offer a particular set of skills. Following the conclusion of the design process outlined below, or sometimes alongside the design development, we will provide budget costs followed by Quantity Schedules and a Scope of Work. We can assist with the tender process and appointment of a contractor and oversee the project to completion.
Joe works closely with chosen contractors to ensure the design is faithfully carried out. Making a garden or landscape is all about teamwork and having the right people with the required skills to achieve the best possible result.
How we work, a step by step process
A. Survey information – often engaging a local surveyor to do a topographic survey to include house footprint, boundaries, levels, trees etc
B. Outline Design – Sketch for discussion followed by a presentation plan to show the agreed layout, including hard surfaces, walls, features, areas of lawn, planting and levels.
There will be a fixed fee for stages A and B with stages C to E to follow once a layout plan has been agreed.
C. Detail Design – Plans for construction – Setting out plan, Hardlandscape/levels/drainage, Construction details – this depends on the complexity of the scheme as to how much detail is required
D. Planting Design – Planting plans showing names, sizes, location and quantities of all plants
E. Tender documents – Bill of quantities and Scope of Works/Specifications. We help you to put the package together to send out to 2 or 3 landscape contractors for pricing and evaluate the returned quotations.
Once the contractor has been chosen, Joe is able to use his construction experience to effectively manage and oversee the implementation of the design. This can include regular visits and assessment, administration of contracts and signing off of completed work.