The power of living well
A well designed outdoor space can not only provide you with an amazing area to entertain, recharge or play but can also significantly improve the value of your home. If you're considering building a new outdoor space or reinventing an old one, it's your chance to really dream big and shoot for the stars.
Collect your inspiration
Before proceeding with any design discussions, it's best for you to do a bit of easy homework (unlike school, this will be exciting!)
Start collecting images of spaces you love, that feel just right for you (don't over think these, just go with the heart). It doesn't only need to be spaces either so if you love the type of material used for Kim Kardashian's dress, bring that to the table. It also pays to think of the things that were important when you planned your last great holiday - what did you want that experience to feel like?
Sign up for a free account on Pinterest (www.pinterest.com) and save a selection containing a maximum of 10 images to keep yourself from getting overwhelmed and confused.
You'll also need to have a think about how you want to use & engage with the space - this is about creating an inspirational space for you and those around you, so shoot for the stars. It might be things like entertaining up to 40 people, outdoor intimate dinner parties, viewed from indoors only, room to play with the kids / dog / cat / guinea pig etc.....
The design phase has 2 parts. First, a 3D concept is created to allow you to visualise the look and the feel of the space. Like most people, I find 3D easier to understand than 2 dimensional plans. We can walk through this space virtually and discuss any changes necessary before we fill in the details.
Depending on the size of the space, this stage can take a few weeks to develop and the style is similar to the images below.
Once you've fallen in love with the concept, the next stage is to add all the necessary details and draw the plan to scale. This will involve mapping out the specific material choices, plant types and any tiny details necessary to create the feel we're after. The detailing is the important difference between an average space and an incredible space and something that I'm obsessed with. It also ensures that when it comes time to construct it, the installer can also fully understand what we're trying to achieve.
The fee for these stages is fixed and is dependant upon the amount of detail required.
Each project is as unique as you are and it's important that a suitably awesome team is assembled to help bring the design to life. I've spent a great deal of time working out who these construction ninjas are to ensure that your outdoor space is completed to the highest possible standards. You might already have someone in mind to construct your space and that's totally fine - i can work closely with them also.
The final design is estimated at this stage to ensure it can be delivered within your budget. Some designs can be highly complex and so please allow a little time for an estimation to be completed.