How we work

Creating a garden of interest that will stand the test of time is more than just skilled workmanship, it is something that requires intricate planning, inspiration and a thorough understanding of the mechanics of how the garden needs to work all year round.

Which is why we highly recommend having your garden designed, not only to prevent avoidable rapidly spiralling building costs, but also to allow us to create your dream garden in the slickest, least disruptive way possible.

Initial consultation

This is used to gain a feel of what will be required from your new garden, the style, what surveying would be needed, and a loose budget to enable us to match the right designer for your build.

2nd consultation

This is where we take a very detailed brief giving you the client optimal opportunity to express your ideas, feelings and dreams for the designer to bring to life.

Once the designer has captured these elements and pieced them together in a two-dimensional drawing and where necessary an isometric drawing, we will present this to you along with product samples and the assistance of mood boards allowing you to really feel and understand what is in your design.

Accompanying this will be a clearly displayed costings of your project which we will go through with you at the time.

Once finalised you will know exactly what you are getting before the build process is started, so no hidden surprises!


David McLaughlin Garden design operates on a ‘fixed fee basis’ so you know the price you will pay and will not run into rising costs from poor planning or bad weather.

We always endeavour to carry out works with the upper most respect to yourselves, neighbours and your property, by protecting everything we can and working in the cleanest safest way we can.

Once a project is started you will be our only focus on the building front until your project is complete and signed off unless it is a previously agreed staged project.

After completing the hard landscaping elements of your project, we will do the soft Landscaping and planting, followed by a thorough clean down leaving your home like we haven’t been working there or better than when we arrived!


A planting plan will be created to show the locations of all plants chosen to work in your new garden.

Because not all clients are the keenest gardeners, the plan will also make plant identification easier for your aftercare, and for clients who are not comfortable with the aftercare or just too busy, we offer aftercare packages.


Tailor made maintenance packages are available for your existing garden or for the one we have just built to keep it looking at its best all year round and not just for the planting, we can look after your water features, paving and timber too.