Qualified designers have a range of skills spanning multiple domains. Spatial and planting design, construction, horticulture, electrics, draughting, computer-aided design, sketching, and visualization are just a few. The range is rarely reflected in fees and charges as most clients pay for the product, not the process. The images shown here are just a tiny sample of the products produced by the process. A process that can absorb huge amounts of time, both physically producing, but also in thinking time. Clients rarely pay for thinking time and designers rarely charge for it. It’s a hard thing to pin down. Image 1 shows rendered sketch plan. It’s not scaled or dimensioned and is intended to provide the client with an indicative visual start point. Such plans may be produced during consultations. Image 2 shows the same plan in a draughted format using Autodesk. It is intended to be used by the client and any potential contractor for pricing and construction. Such plans require a lot of survey information, thinking and screen time. Image 3 is another sketch drawing produced during a consultation to assist a client in understanding a radically different treatment for their new house layout. A frequent occurrence during such consultations. Image 4 shows a hard and soft landscape detailing drawing for a garden. Such drawings are produced following an agreement on a sketch layout and can be very time consuming to produce, particularly where a project is being tendered. Image 6 shows a more detailed rendered perspective drawing of a garden. Such drawings are created for more complex, bigger budget projects and can be very time consuming to produce. Image 7 shows a planting layout with supporting images. Such Such drawings are produced for clients and contractors.

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