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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 with you. We go through your aims and needs, assess the environment, identify any potential issues and share preliminary ideas. We also discuss the budget, as this determines what can be achieved, and is the basis for calculating the design fee.

2: Proposal

For a nominal fee, to be deducted from future work, we produce a mood board and a highly detailed proposal that recap our discussion and illustrate our vision. The proposal establishes a budget estimate, design fee, timeframe and next steps.

3: Design

On payment of the design fee, we survey the garden and start work on a concept plan. This provides a detailed visualisation of your future outdoor space, including hard landscape materials, features and a planting palette.

4: Plans

Upon approval of the concept plan, we put together master drawings, 3D visuals, structural details, a lighting plan, planting schedule and a planting plan, from which the project is accurately quoted by professional landscapers. The project can be phased if need be and any required planning applications and tender documents are also carried out at this stage.

5: Build

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

6: Aftercare

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

7: Costs

Our fee structure operates on a sliding scale, as set by the Society of Garden Designers.

The final cost will vary depending on the size, style, finish, 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.

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.

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.

Garden plan for a restoration in Normandy
Maitanne Hunt supervising a planting
Craning plants into place on 5th floor terrace for a client