We have a smallish, difficult plot, about 80'x35', difficult because it has been untouched for about 20 years, is overshadowed by mature trees from next door, on a slope, is on heavy clay and is on a hilltop with strong westerly winds and difficult access. Oh and it's in W Scotland so about 360 days/year, it's also raining.
Anyway, I've been picking away at it for the last year, digging up perennial weeds, clearing stuff, putting up fences, and have even managed to get a few veg beds and a border going. But I'd really like some professional help with getting an idea of what we could do with it. I suspect that the cost of getting proffesionals in to do hard landscaping may be prohibitive, but perhaps if I could get a plan done, then we could do stuff as funds allow and do what we can ourselves. Does anyone know how much that sort of service costs? Either with or without a planting plan?
It depends on what the local going rate is really.
Many designers will come and meet you and look at your garden without making a charge and will let you know then (or after meeting you) what they would charge. Around here the charge for a design varies from around £400-£700 but many are at the lower end of the scale. Some designers offer a design service via post, but you'd need to so a site survey yourself and send in digital photos, eg www.david-stevens.co.uk/html/postal.html
I charge - £100 for a one off consultation and a report (4-10 pages of ideas, plants and contacts) £50 for 1 meeting with brief taking as a precursor to a redesign sounds like I would charge around £600 - £800 for a survey, redesign, planting plan and plant list for you, or £400-500 for just the survey / design, no planting. I live in the SW Hope that helps