For the past 5 years I have been designing and building small to medium sized gardens in Essex and the surrounding counties. I personally build all my gardens to ensure a high standard of finish and have a small network of local trades/suppliers for specialist applications.

Call Pete on 07919 362642 to arrange a free consultation

Residential Garden Design

Professional Garden Design

Having qualified with a 1st grade in ‘Garden Design’ it allows me to provide professional full scale garden designs, to include scaled plans, lighting plans, planting plans and working drawings for manufacture/fabrication. I also provide samples and mood boards. For basic schemes a simple sketch is usually sufficient, therefore keeping the cost down!

The Garden Design Process

Initial meetings and questions

The design process begins with an initial client meeting to discuss the project requirements and to form a ‘client brief’. This can be a brief meeting or an in depth discussion to determine your ‘needs’ ‘musts’ ‘desires’ all depending on the level of detail your project requires? A second meeting is often arranged to go through preliminary ideas and concepts.
TIP It is useful to collect images or photos of gardens and features you like. This will assist us in interpreting your thoughts and understanding your ideas.

Site survey

Depending on the complexity of the site an outline pencil and paper survey can be carried out on our first visit, alternatively a full CAD survey provided at a later stage. Trees, drainage & electrical services, existing features, boundaries and site levels are all recorded.

Designs drawings

For basic schemes a simple sketch and scope of works may be all that’s needed? Moving on from sketches come the CAD setting out plans and working drawings. These are accurately scaled for builders and manufacturers to build your garden. Lighting and planting plans are drawn to scale ready for installation. Presentation plans and perspective drawings can either be hand drawn or computer aided. Elevations and sections can be provided on request.

A ‘mood board’ helps to set the scene! To show images and features that are integral to the design. Samples of hard & soft landscaping are also provided and therefore can be seen ‘in context’ with the existing site and forms an important presentation tool, used to describing the design.


Note: before proceeding too far it is important to get an idea as to the eventual cost by means of a budget. This insures there are sufficient funds available for the design before proceeding too far!


Models can be physically built for the client to see the finished product. They are particularly helpful when architectural features figure heavily in the design.

Project management

To ensure the design comes to life with a minimum of hick-ups we would always recommend we manage the building works. From experience managing the contract takes much of the pressure away from the client. Details and finishes can then be adapted/modelled to suite the site and the costs closely monitored. Deliveries and installation of materials are tightly scheduled in order that the project runs smoothly to programme.

How much does it cost?

Outline sketched designs start at around £250/300 moving up to thousands for more detailed design requirements and in each case a site visit is required. We do not charge a fee for the first meeting and brief discussion.