The consultation subsections:
- Getting to know the client
- Visiting the site
- Work objectives
- Site assessment
Architecture, the environment (sunlight, relief, existing trees etc.), the surrounding area (architectural character, nature, views etc.) and the client are the main factors determining what the future garden will look like.
During the initial consultation stage we visit the client, walk around the area with them and discuss their vision for the garden. We familiarise ourselves with the architecture of the building – its façade, floor plan, style – to enable us to perceive and understand the client’s values as revealed by means of architecture, and to create the garden as an extension of their living space.
The next stage takes place in our office, where, over a cup of coffee, we discuss the future garden users’ habits, wishes, requirements and values with the client. It is helpful if the client has some ideas, some Pinterest pictures, cuttings from magazines, and if they have noted down their wishes. If not, – we will discuss it together, look through our portfolio of projects, photos of different style gardens from around the world, in order to determine our work objectives and our way forward.
During the initial consultation stage we assess the site and take note of both – the desirable views and those that need to be concealed. If necessary, mapping the sunlight exposure of the garden and taking some extra measurements may be needed so we could have enough information and a complete understanding of the present situation and the potential of the garden. An up-to-date topographic map with buildings included will be necessary. We visit the property at least once during this initial stage.