Implementing a full garden redesign is a significant but worthwhile investment in your property - the structural work involved may be comparable to building an extension. A realistic budget of between 4% and 10% of the value of the property will typically yield a return of 10%-20% in improved property values, although gardens can often be transformed into exciting and functional spaces for relatively modest sums - one of the jobs of the designer is to maximise the impact of the available budget.
It is difficult to generalise when giving estimates for either the overall cost of a project or for the design work involved – a small site may be very complex in terms of levels and detailing and therefore relatively more expensive than a larger site requiring less intervention. Much depends on the quality and type of materials used. For examples of costs for a variety of projects, see the portfolio pages.
Initial meeting: free of charge
Consultation: £100, deducted from the design fee if you wish to proceed
Design: An overall fee for the project design balances the scale of the site with the likely complexity of the design as outlined in the client brief to us. The fee proposed is based on a day-rate of £320 and is a multiple of this, reflecting a professional assessment of the time needed for the design work. Once the design has been presented, minor amendments can be made to the plan for no extra charge, but major revisions are charged pro rata at the day-rate – you will be advised of this at the time. The aim of formulating a comprehensive client brief at the outset is to minimise the likelihood of this further expense.
Some other related services such as surveys, nursery visits, environmental investigations and attendance at planning meetings are charged at cost or as an agreed hourly rate or fixed price. Occasionally these will be provided by other professionals. Travel costs outside Oxfordshire are calculated at 20p/mile or second class rail fare.
The design fee typically provides you with:
- Concept development and design plan;
- Presentation documentation – sketch plan, perspective drawings, computer model and mood boards;
- Construction detailing, technical specification and setting out plans;
- Planting design and planting plans.