Its a common question to be asked ‘how much does a garden design cost?’
Garden designing is very varied by its own nature. Every garden has its own topography, situation, aspect and owners own tastes and requirements; not to mention the vast differences in scale and size. As a designer, many challenges and a great deal of problem solving may present them selves during the design process. I find these challenges intriguing.
No two designs are ever the same. With all the variable put together every design needs to be thought out, not only on the gardens’ own physicality, but the owners user requirements, the features required and all this combined with their sense of aesthetic taste. In the end the the design needs to be practically and physically achievable.
The types of design can also vary. There can be sketch designs, planting designs, construction drawing, presentation drawings. These can be hand drawn or digital.
Having put forward such a sense of limitless possibilities, the choices can seem endless. As an experienced designer, Its far easier to see within a short space of time, what the best course of action is to take.
So to answer the question… A garden design is usually a small part of cost of any construction or planting. But, a garden design, as with architecture, is fundamental, not only to make best use of materials and budget, but to resolve practical issues, user requirements and to make aesthetic judgements before any costly construction takes place. The cost of a successful garden is as much about considered decisions as it is about finance.