Sarah Kay explains how a garden designer could transform your space

You’re looking to update your outside space and want a garden that fits your needs and complements yourGardening house. Where do you start?

Well, you can have a go yourself but most people lack the skills and time to really do it justice. You could go directly to a builder or landscaper but will they take the time to really understand what you want and how best to achieve it for your budget – or will they just go for the easiest/cheapest/quickest option?

 A garden designer will ask the right questions to help you decide how you would like to use your outside space and will look for hints on your stylistic preferences.

A garden designer will also make recommendations based on the aspect and shape of the site. They will help you to create the inviting and alluring space which maximises the pros and disguises the cons – and within your budget.

As with most garden designers, I can offer contractor recommendations but am not linked to any building contractors and take no referral fees.

I can therefore offer a completely independent tender process to find the most appropriate contractor/s for your project.

I can also ensure that the build stays true to the design and that materials and build quality is maintained with thorough project management.

The most crucial part of a garden is the planting, and a garden designer will work with you to produce a planting plan which complements the hard landscaping and utilises different forms, textures and colour to provide all-year interest.

GardeningIn short, a designer will work with all parties to fulfil the brief, helping to avoid costly mistakes in material or plant choice.

My service is also extremely flexible to fit all budgets –whether it’s a full redesign/build or a planting plan. It really is money well spent.

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Contact Sarah Kay Garden Design for an initial consultation.
07967 201333