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Garden design quote seems extorionate. Advice please x



  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 1,607
    I also looked closely at some of the renovations and felt the before and after shots were rather deceptive having been taken from very different viewpoints. He also appeared to use the same design techniques across many projects and the finished look was a bit Bradstone-y.

    Our back garden was completely redesigned a year ago and the total bill was just shy of £25,000. For that we got a horrendously overgrown herbaceous border about 120’ x 12’ cleared and turfed. An overgrown vegetable garden cleared and replaced with raised beds and a cottage garden area. This patch of ground was about 50’ x 15’. An old garden pond filled in and a new one, 15’ x 13’, dug and positioned further from the silver birch trees and finally, a three level terrace was built incorporating a large, top of the range summerhouse from Scott’s of Thrapston, a new path to the back door and to the garden shed, and wide steps connecting the various levels. The terrace is mostly paved in natural yorkstone plus original materials were reused and incorporated. The terrace area is irregularly shaped and, like all the garden, on an awkward slope but to say it is maybe 30’ x 25’ gives you an idea of the extent.

    Every day from January to early March one worker was on site, sometimes two. The planting and minor additions were done over a few days about 6 weeks later. These pictures give an idea of what was done

    The overgrown herbaceous border

    Looking from the other direction, the border has been cleared

    The area area is now turfed and the shot also shows the new pond. The old pond was adjacent to the magnolia tree on the left hand edge

    I’ll track down some pictures of the terrace area and vegetable patch and post them separately.
  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,754
    edited April 2018
    lylaunicorn, you ask if anyone has spent that much. I think they probably haven't which is why no one has answered your question. I don't know anyone who has spent 15k or 25k let alone 70k on their garden. Years ago we paid for a builder to do our terracing and a garden firm to prepare the lawns and seed them, quite a big area, and we did the rest.

    I agree with wild edges, you paid for the drawings. I would now get other quotes, maybe change the design a bit so the first designer can't complain about copyright.

    PS When I wrote that I hadn't seen the post from Picidae above.
    Dordogne and Norfolk
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  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 1,607
    Garden re design, part two

    The old vegetable garden

    Now with raised beds. The patch of ground below the gravelled area is a cottage garden about 15’ x 20’

    The old path path to the back door

    The same view after the landscapers had been in.

    Again, I’ll add another post with more shots should people be interested.
  • Thank you so much for the pictures picidae! Would you mind sharing the details of your garden designer? And thanks Ian for the advice to find a young gardener xx it definitely seems we've been taken in. As for what constitutes a 70k garden, we were told the raised beds alone would cost 15k due to being double walled and drainage but other than that we don't have an itemised breakdown.
  • BenCottoBenCotto RutlandPosts: 1,607
    edited April 2018
    Part three

    Shots of the terrace area prior to renovation and the new summerhouse

    And next are pictures after the terrace area has been built

  • This is the back garden design x
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,539
    I was awarded a greatest uncle in the world mug 2 years running. You can't take that honour away from me!
    I wouldn't dare 😂
  • Front garden x
  • Beaus MumBeaus Mum Posts: 3,539
    Picidae your garden is beautiful 💚💚💚
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