Process

We offer a wide range of consultation services – from advice on specific areas to maintenance programmes and one-off planting makeovers – but most of our work involves full design and build process.

We collaborate closely with contractors and specialists to deliver the project on time and within the budget.

The full design and build process includes the following:

1: First meeting

This initial consultation is an opportunity to visit the site, go through your brief and share ideas. After this meeting we will write to you to confirm the design brief and a quotation.

2: Concept plan

Design Fee: Once the site survey has been carried out, we will produce a Concept Plan which will show what the new garden will look like, including hard landscape materials, features and illustrations.

3: Master Plan

Once you are happy with the Concept plan, we put together master drawings, structural details, specifications, lighting and planting plans from which the project can be accurately costed and built. If Planning Applications and Tender documents are necessary these are carried out.

4: Build

We monitor the build on our client’s behalf from beginning to end, until all parties are completely satisfied. We manage the planting ourselves.

5: Aftercare

Gardens continually evolve and improve with age. We strongly recommend a professional maintenance schedule and can suggest various landscape maintenance contractors. We can also advise on your behalf and pay twice-yearly visits to check the development of the project.

6: Costs

Design fees: Our fee structure operates on a sliding scale, as set by the Society of Garden Designers. The cost of the garden will vary depending on the size, style, access and complexity of the project. It is useful for you to have a budget in mind so that we can discuss realistic and achievable ideas during our first meeting.

As a guide, our design fees are between 8 to 15% of the construction cost. As an indication, the build of a small garden starts from around £20,000.

A large garden does not necessarily mean an increased percentage of the design fee, as it all depends on the complexity of the project and the time it will take to create the design.

Project monitoring: For peace of mind, most of our clients opt to use our project monitoring service, which helps to nip any problems in the bud early on, addresses questions the landscaper (or you) might have, whilst ensuring the project is carried out to your satisfaction.

Consultation: If you are looking for advice only or specific elements (such as replanting a border), we also offer a one-off consultancy service where we provide ideas and recommendations.

These sessions are charged at our hourly rate.

For a no-obligation discussion about your requirements, or to arrange a consultation, please contact Maïtanne Hunt Gardens & Landscapes today.

You can view examples of our recent projects here or visit houzz.com for more images and to read numerous testimonials from our clients.