It is over 2 years ago since we designed and built a family garden in Strand on the Green, Kew.
Recently, we received a lovely email from our clients updating us on how the garden has evolved and telling us how much it has changed the way they use their outdoor space as a family.
Creating a space for children to be active and adventurous whilst maintaining an adult zone can be challenging, especially in a small garden. We remember this project because it made us have to think of clever ways to integrate outdoor storage within the children’s play area without it being an overwhelming presence.
We were also very conscious about designing a garden that met the brief and was achievable to build within the client’s budget.
The garden is terraced so there was a fair bit of landscaping involved. The clients also opted for a planting design and maintenance plan. This we highly recommend as our planting designer can choose the right plants for the right aspect. By doing this the plants have a very good chance of thriving their way into maturity. A planting plan also allows us to know exactly how many plants will be needed.
Read what our client wrote:
We really hope that you are both well and the business is thriving. We’ve progressed the garden a little this summer so thought I’d send you a few pic’s for you to see how it’s all looking. The biggest thing is that we finally succumbed to artificial grass!
We really tried with the real stuff but having had such a soggy winter it was just a muddy patch for a good 5-6 months – which was no fun. The artificial lawn is amazing and has transformed the way that we all use the garden so we are really happy with the decision. The IKEA hanging chair appears to be impossible to get hold of, so we’ve recently bought a circular swing like you get in playgrounds, the boys love it and are constantly climbing on it and spinning round!
Unbelievably we’ve also only this year bought out garden furniture, and in the recent hot weather added an giant parasol to the patio to give us some much needed shade in the day.
So that’s it, all the extra bits and bobs now complete!
Hope all is well with you
Claire and Stephen
https://www.landspacedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/0012.jpg531800Katehttps://www.landspacedesign.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/landspace001.pngKate2015-11-02 17:00:592018-05-18 12:41:31It is always lovely to get feedback from your clients about a garden that you have designed and built.
Well, the long and short of it is – as much as you are prepared to pay.
The principle of creating a beautiful outdoor space is no different to that of creating a beautiful bathroom or kitchen.
The higher the quality of the materials you use will mean that the final costing will be more expensive.
You wouldn’t expect a handcrafted cast iron bath to cost you the same as pre-fabricated moulded plastic. Or for stone flooring to cost you per sq meter the same as lino.
The same is true for patios and decking. For example: sandstone paving will cost you less per sq meter than granite and softwood decking will cost a lot less than Ipe hardwood decking.
Basically, the overall cost of building your garden will depend on the complexity of the layout you decide on and the quality of your chosen materials. A basic layout of a patio or deck, lawn, flowerbeds and boundary fencing can start to rise in cost when you add the word bespoke into the equation. Block work rendered raised beds with bespoke integral seating, granite paving, water features, pergolas, outdoor lighting and mature planting will see the cost of your project incrementally increase into a higher pricing band.
The cost of a project also depends on the current state of the garden and how much clearance and groundwork preparation and excavation is required prior to its construction.
Do I really need to get my garden designed?
This really depends on what style of garden you are after.
Having designed and built many projects over the years, everyone at Landspace would agree that having a comprehensive design in place is crucial when working with tight budgets.
It’s all about making the best of the space you have and there are many tricks that designers have learnt that can help make your garden feel more spacious. Garden designers are trained to understand how to connect your outdoor space to the architecture of your house and its surrounding landscape and will be able to create an exciting space for you to spend time in.
A qualified garden designer would have also studied planting design and will have a sound knowledge of the trees, shrubs and herbaceous plants that would be a suitable palette for your garden style, aspect and soil type.
What are the benefits of choosing a company that specializes in design and build?
All our gardens at Landspace are designed in consultation with our landscaping team and a dialogue is continually taking place.
This close relationship allows our design team to create gardens that are realistic to our client’s budgets and most importantly that they are structurally achievable.
This way the design team are constantly pushing boundaries in design whilst our landscapers are being challenged to apply their expertise and knowledge to make these schemes a reality.
We are also able to quantitatively estimate if the design will come in on budget.
Any adjustments in quantities, materials and special features can be swiftly made without delaying the build of the project.
There are many positives in choosing a landscaping company that has in house design as it offers the client a streamlined service, seamlessly moving from the initial design stage and into the build phase.
What can expect if I decide to commission Landspace to design and build my garden?
At Landspace, our initial starting point for any project is the client consultation. This is where we get to look at your garden and find out from you how you would like to use your space.
Once you decide that you would like us to proceed with your project you will commission us to commence work.
The next step is the site survey where we plot the boundaries of your land, house and any special features that require to be recorded.
If you have opted for a full design we will offer you 3 design sketches. These will give you an overview of how we see your garden flowing and will position all the elements that we have discussed together into a cohesive plan. At this stage there might be elements from Sketch 1 and 2 that you would like to combine and we can adjust the sketch plans to accommodate this. Once you are happy with the outcome we will finalise the design in CAD.
The garden is then priced and we can tell you exactly how much it is going to cost. If at this point you need to change materials, reduce paving or remove special features, this can be done relatively easily with out too much compromise to the overall design. The same is for if you wish to add special features and extras such as lighting.
We will also give you a schedule and order of works so that you can see exactly what to expect and when to expect it.
A deposit will be required for materials before Landspace will commence the build.
As a company we pride ourselves on causing as little inconvenience to you the client as is possible. All our landscapers take pride in their work and we always clean up at the end of each day.
If you are not sure what you want to do with your garden, why not email Landspace at or call us on 0845 805 1394. We are always happy to talk over your ideas.
Whether you want your garden designed and built or just your garden designed, we offer a no obligation initial consultation. We look forward to hearing from you.
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