How to ‘see’ your ideal garden before it’s built

Our design process starts with a rough sketch. This is sent out to the client within a week of our original survey. We then meet with the client and brainstorm, making any changes that need to be made. Next we go away and finish the design, working it forward using AutoCAD to produce a 3D plan or 2D scale plan. This can then be presented to the client for feedback. Once we have this as a blueprint, our AutoCAD technician Matt creates a visual, which will bring the scheme to life, and means the client can truly imagine what their scheme will look and feel like. Here’s one of Matt’s atmospheric and highly realistic designs, below.


This scheme is for a couple in Liverpool who want a raised deck with a contemporary feel, surrounded by water on two sides – hence the waterblade and the rill running round the deck. In the distance there is another focal point (possibly to be built at a later date).

The existing garden was a treat to work with. This couple inherited a beautifully planted herbaceous border which runs the full length of the garden. It’s been great to have such a prominent and mature feature to work around with this scheme.

The original garden (mainly lawn) slopes away dramatically from the house, with few possibilities for seating, etc. By contrast, the new deck allows you to walk out of the lounge on the same level. You can then sit and preside over the views in the lovely environment created by the moving water and characterful timber steps.