I am going to start a series on the Process of Design. For those who may want to see the design process by a designer trained as an architect. This is the process, not always written down by a professional, but always part of the design development and a very conscious part of the designer’s tools.
It is from a talk I give to garden clubs showing a step-by-step process that anyone can learn, use and understand. It will make you aware of things you may have overlooked when you are about to embark on a project large or small.
We will use my tiny property as an example and I will show a garden preceding the one I have now. It is a complete site transformation, adding fences, driveway, new entry, doors, gardens and patio. You will see the development and sketches showing how you start and what you end up with. But far more important, you will learn the ‘whys’ of design.
This is an excerpt from a printed booklet I use as a handout and you should click to enlarge. You can print the pages for reference if you like, as they are standard letter size.
And do not forget, you can blow up your plot on a copier. Just keep it in increments that you can scale, say a final plot twice its size. My plot is 1:20, but if I want it bigger, I could double it to 1:10. Each inch equals 10 feet or twice as big. Easy. So the image at right becomes your base plan. What’s next?
Tomorrow, Site Analysis.