Most of us have more time at home and in the garden at the moment and maybe you’d like to improve your garden and you wonder how much does a garden designer cost.
Garden Design Costs
There is no simple answer to this question. If you look at other garden designer sites you’ll notice that there isn’t usually a fee structure on a site. We’re not trying to hide costs every garden is unique in terms of the size, what the client wants from their garden and therefore how much work and time it will take to design a garden. Is it a large gardens with acres of space requiring a swimming pool or small courtyard garden.
If you shortlist 2-3 designers you may discover they have different charging methods. Some garden designers will charge a set fee for different stages of the design process, (I do this) then you know what you’re paying for the design right up front.
Some gardeners charge an hourly rate from the start to the finish of the process. If this is the case ask for regular timesheets
The final charging method is a % of the fee for the cost of the build of the garden. So, if the garden was going to cost 60k of the build the designer may charge say 10%-15% of the fee. The problem here is that until the garden is designed the cost of the build is not known.
A design fee is split into chunks
1.Site Survey, Site analysis and initial client briefing
The garden designer needs this to know the requirements and the plot to enable them to go away and start being creative.
2.Design concept and garden Masterplan
I come up with concepts for the garden and then create a Masterplan which is the final agreed idea for the garden that is a plan drawn to scale
3.Detailsed construction drawings
A landscape contractor would not be able to build from the Master plan, e.g. how high are the steps, what height are the planters, what does the water feature need, what does the pergola look like. So a series of additional drawings are required
5.Project management during build
Overall Design Fees
If the garden was an approx medium spaced garden requiring about 50k spent on it. The garden survey and Master plan would be approx 1500, Detailed drawings 1500 and Planting plans 1200. Project management 1200
But to get the costs you’ll need to ask you’re designer to give you a quote. Please feel free to contact me if you want to discuss your garden.