Topia Garden Design Services – how it works

Good design pays for itself and a well laid out garden adds to the value of your property. It's worth it. Elaine will hold your hand through the process and will be acting independently in your interest to get the best deals and advise on ways to keep the build costs under control. She just wants to create beautiful gardens and would love you to give her the opportunity.

Initial meeting - outline brief – fee proposal

Elaine will visit you in the garden to discuss your requirements and determine the scope of the work. This allows her to estimate the amount of time she will need to spend working on the project for you. She will send you a written, no obligation fee proposal. 

Detailed brief, site survey and analysis 

If you decide to proceed Elaine will prepare a detailed written brief for you to check and approve. She will then visit again to carry out a detailed topographical survey and analysis of the site, accurately measuring relevant existing features and levels. For larger projects a specialist surveyor may be more cost effective and Elaine can arrange for this.

Concept Design

Based on the survey information Elaine prepares a 3D ‘walkthrough’ concept design with mood images, showing her proposed new layout.  The design is presented and explained via video conferencing. You have the opportunity to give your feedback and request any changes to the concept.

Finished master plan

Once we agree on the conceptual layout Elaine produces a detailed, labelled 2D scale plan either in black and white or colour rendered, as preferred. 3D projections or elevation drawings can be helpful in communicating ideas and these can also be prepared if required.

Construction drawings

For large projects and/or complex features it may be necessary to prepare detailed construction drawings for landscapers and associated specialist trades to work from.

Planting plans

Planting plans are normally required, detailing the position, size and quantity of plants to be used, with botanical names and schedules.

Contract documentation

Technical specifications, bills and schedules can be prepared for formal tendering if required.

Project inspection

Once a suitable landscaper has been appointed Elaine can help with general liaison, visiting the site at appropriate intervals to advise you on progress, workmanship, setting out, etc.


Elaine loves going back to see how a garden is maturing and is happy to come and advise on pruning, weed control and general maintenance – and take some photos!

At the drawing board