Established in 2010 and operating across London, Sarah Kay Garden Design offers clients a flexible and bespoke service tailored to their individual needs.
I've completed a Level 3 Diploma in Advanced Garden Design at Capel Manor College and I'm a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers, having recently passed Stage 1 of the adjudication process to become a Member.
I believe that your outdoor space should be a true extension of your
home, in whatever form you would like that to take. From urban balcony to large family garden, all designs are created through full and thorough client consultations, from start to finish to achieve the desired outcome. A professionally designed garden makes clever use of the available space and helps to ensure that it flourishes for years to come.
The Design Process
Stage 1 - Initial Consultation
The initial consultation is £100 within 5 miles of E5 (charges for time and travel for further). I will discuss ideas, requirements and preferences and assess the space and discuss potential options and any limitations. From this discussion I will provide an estimate and brief for approval.
Stage 2 - Site survey and analysis
The next stage is a site survey and analysis. This will include plotting boundaries, level changes, existing structures and any retaining features. This will also include soil analysis and other physical factors. From this analysis, I will produce an initial concept for your comments/amends.
Stage 3 - Design Layouts
Following initial concepts and any client comments/amends I will produce a scaled final design layout and mood board for your approval. My charges for this vary dependant on size, and complexity of the project but range between £1000 - £2500
A scaled planting plan for new planting areas will detail the location and spacing of all plants . An accompanying schedule will give botanical names with quantities and size. A planting plan will usually cost between £500 - £1000
I can source the plants for you to achieve the best quality and price that we can. Once any hard landscaping is finished I can plant the garden for you, if required.
Should you wish to proceed with the build, I can draw up a schedule of works detailing building quantities and materials.
I can recommend contractors to quote for the design or work with a client's preferred contractor and run a tender to find the right contractor I can also be involved in monitoring the project. Tender Management will be charged on a hourly basis and Project Management as 10% of the build fee.
I can devise a tailor-made written maintenance schedule for you or a contractor to follow to ensure that your garden continues to flourish in the future or offer ongoing maintenance.
Consultancy Visit & Report
For those clients wanting to take on the garden project themselves but looking for some inspiration and advice I can offer a consultancy visit and report (within 5 miles of E5). During this visit I willl discuss the brief and assess the site. Following this meeting I will produce a written report with recommendations and advice for a redesign that can be acheived. I charge £400 for this service.