An Initial free* consultation is held with each potential client. Once the scale and complexity of the brief is established a written quotation is presented. The quotation, typically will cost around £700.00 - £1,200.00 subject to the garden size, to include;
- a site survey - this might be done by myself if a smaller garden; a larger garden will require a professional topographical survey to be created by a specialist. I can instruct local surveying firms for a quote on your behalf if this is necessary
- the option of 1 or 2 'initial' concept designs (without planting or construction detail); at this point we can usually ask contractors for a first stage main landscaping estimate a design/plan of garden to scale with full details of materials and supporting sketches, including lighting scheme if required
- an (optional) comprehensive planting plan tailored to design and site conditions
At final plan stage, the construction quotation can be finalised and a contract issued for client approval/deposit directly with the contractor. I can also offer quotations for lighting and plants/planting services from my usual tried and tested suppliers.
A client should typically expect most construction periods to last around 4-6 weeks. There is also the option of ongoing support leading up to and during the build works for an additional hourly rate of £60.00/hour; this is to cover time both on site and in the studio when handling any admin/queries/ordering items on client's behalf etc. Should this additional service be of interest, the expected cost of project management can be quoted once the design stage is finalised.
Main landscaping construction budgets will generally start from c. £10,000.00 inc vat, but more typically range around £15,000-£20,000.00 for an 'average' sized garden. A client will be asked for their anticipated project budget during the consultation and initial design stage, knowing this will improve the service that can be offered.
* Within 20 mile radius of Milton Keynes. For distances greater than this mileage expenses of £0.50 per mile round trip are charged.
Note that Sue Gilbert Garden's By Design endorses third party landscaping contractors on the basis of their quality of workmanship. However, it should be noted there is no financial association between these parties.
* For full detailed terms and conditions of contract contact Sue Gilbert Gardens By Design.
* Fees stated are a guideline only, all schemes subject to quotation before any work is commenced, this will based on the site and the clients requirements. Sue Gilbert Gardens By Design is not VAT-registered.