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    Are you looking to design your garden? In this article, we will explore the costs you should expect to pay.

    Modern garden with new turf

    Average Cost of Garden Design:

    Depending on the complexity of the job, it usually takes: 1-2 weeks


    How Much Does It Cost to Design a Garden?

    The average cost of designing a garden is £30 to £150 per m2. However, there are many ways that a garden could be designed or renovated. Let's take a look at some common garden design job costs.

    To hire a garden designer to plan out, in detail, your new or renovated garden would cost roughly £600 to £4500.

    Moving on to the specific design elements when put into practice, building a garden wall costs about £600 to £1500.

    Nice garden

    It would cost around £500 to £1000 to install fencing. You'd need a budget of £1000 to £1750 to lay a patio, £70 per m2 to damp-proof walls or £200 to £300 to paint a garden wall.

    The garden design cost can vary depending on the type of job(s), ease of access, property location, and the size of the garden.

    As for property location, this is relevant due to the variation in labour prices throughout different regions of the country.

    Garden Design Prices

    Job Description Total Cost
    Hiring a Garden Designer £600 to £4500
    Garden Design In Practice £30 to £150 per m²
    Garden Wall £600 to £1500
    Garden Fencing £500 to £1000
    Lay a Patio £1000 to £1750
    Damp Proof Walls £70 per m²
    Paint a Garden Wall £200 to £300

    Supply Cost of Garden Design Work

    Let's look at the supply costs for the jobs discussed in the previous section. This, of course, excludes the labour cost. These costs are relevant if you intend to undertake landscaping/garden renovation work DIY.

    The supply costs exclude the labour/install cost and, if needed, scaffolding. Of course, as with labour prices, these can vary significantly.

    To build a garden wall, it would cost £50 to £300 per m2 to construct it with bricks, £40 to £60 per m2 if you'd rather use concrete, £100 to £120 per m2 for a wall made with flint, £60 to £130 per m2 to make the wall with natural stone.

    As for fencing, the supply costs would land somewhere in the range of £350 to £700. The materials cost of laying a patio would be about £35 to £45 per m2 if using concrete, £40 to £50 for coloured concrete, £60 to £80 for sandstone, or £40 to £50 should you choose limestone.

    The supply costs of damp proofing would likely end up around £800 to £880. For painting garden walls, smooth masonry paint costs about £3 to £8 per litre, while textured masonry paint would cost around £2 to £6 per litre. In most cases, a paintbrush can be purchased for £2 to £30.

    Additional Costs

    As with any installation or renovation work, there are some added jobs you may choose to pay for. In this section, we'll break down some standout examples.

    Garden Decking

    Decking is a relatively affordable way of adding a platform and central feature to a garden. Decks have plenty of utility and aesthetic value that can be added to a garden.

    The cost of installing new decking varies based on the size and type of deck you'd like to fit.

    Table and chairs on garden decking

    For a mid-sized garden, installing a deck would cost around £1600 to £2000 for softwood, £2250 to £2950 for hardwood, £3400 to £3700 for composite material, or £1200 to £1600 if you'd rather a PVC deck.

    Garden Turf

    You may wish to have garden turf installed in your garden. For an average garden, this would cost £500 to £700 for budget turf, £700 to £1050 for average turf, £1000 to £1350 for luxury turf, or £6000 to £6500 for meadow turf.

    Labour Costs and Timescales

    We'll now take a look at how much it would cost in labour to have a garden designed and what timeframes would be involved in both the design and the process of bringing your new garden vision to life.

    The labour cost is part of the total cost of garden design and landscaping work alongside supply costs and any waste removal costs (for landscaping).

    Garden designers tend to charge £60 to £200 an hour, while the labour cost of having a garden redesigned will depend on the work involved.

    The design process often takes around four weeks in total. This would give sufficient time to discuss ideas with a professional designer before they work on said plans and likely receive your feedback and input along the way.

    You may spend another two to three weeks talking with contractors to potentially hire for the job.

    Of course, there'll be a waiting time before the work will actually get underway, and this could be in the range of one to three months and possibly longer. The actual creation of the garden would take around four weeks in total.

    The labour cost and timescale can vary depending on ease of access, the size of the garden, the specific job(s), and the state of the garden. Work could also be slowed down due to poor weather conditions.

    Cost Factors of Garden Design

    There are a range of factors that can shape the overall cost of designing a garden. Let's take a look at some of those cost factors.

    Type of Design

    The more complex a garden design, the more expensive it is likely to be. This is because the design work may take longer, and more work and supplies will be needed to construct the garden itself.

    Size of Garden

    No doubt, the larger the garden, the more supplies will be needed to make it a reality. And, of course, the larger the garden, the more work will be needed. The labour cost is also likely to be higher, making for a two-fold increase in cost relative to a smaller garden.

    Large garden with turf

    Condition of Garden

    The current state of the garden or the land that is it to be built on is also relevant. After all, the better the condition of the current garden/land, the easier it will be to build on, resulting in less waste removal.

    Ease of Access

    The easier the current garden/land can be accessed, the lower the labour costs, making the building process much easier.


    Where you live is also relevant since labour rates vary across the UK. For example, you'll likely find a lower labour price than the nationwide average in the north of England, Scotland, and Northern Ireland, but higher rates in the southeast of England and London.

    What's involved in Garden Design?

    This section will look at the various steps involved in designing and building a garden.

    To start the process, it's important that you find an experienced and talented professional designer.

    You should not only ask for some references and take a look at the website of each designer you approach (assuming they have one), but it's also worth requesting several quotes before coming to a decision.

    1. Design Process

    Next, the designer will get to work on crafting a garden within certain parameters that you've already set based on your preferences.

    When initially consulting the designer, it will be an opportunity to discuss how specific you'd like your design to be or how much input you'd like the designer to have on the project.

    Garden turf

    Either way, it's best to go through a reasonable variety of garden design ideas. It will probably take a few weeks until the design is finalised.

    2. Hiring Contractors

    Next, you'll need to hire someone to bring your design to life. Again, it's worth acquiring a few quotes and asking for some references before deciding on a contractor/company.

    3. Construction of the Garden

    The fourth step involves building the garden based on your design. This may involve installing water features, laying a patio, as well as adding and painting garden walls, among other tasks.

    4. Remove Waste and Wrap Up

    Lastly, any waste that needs to be disposed of can be removed from the site. The labourer(s) will tidy up the area, and your brand new garden will be ready to use.

    Can I Design a Garden Myself?

    You may wish to design a garden DIY, but there are many advantages to hiring a professional.

    For example, a garden designer will have plenty of experience and will likely have a wider array of ideas to discuss. But, if you feel confident about it, you can always come up with your own plan.

    The same applies to building the garden. If building regulations approval is needed to construct your garden, you'll need a professional sign off on it.

    Gardener mowing lawn

    As with any DIY construction work, there are hazards/dangers that need to be considered.

    Firstly, there's always the risk of construction going poorly, in which case, you'd need to hire a professional anyway to fix your errors in building the garden.

    Of course, there are more serious risks to take into account, such as straining your back if carrying a heavy load or using sharp/heavy tools or/and equipment. So, it's important to take the necessary safety precautions when building a garden.

    Building Regulations & Planning Permission for Garden Design

    Unless you are installing an outbuilding, it's unlikely that specific approval will be required. More information on building regulations and planning permission can be found via the Planning Portal.

    This site primarily applies to England and Wales, so rules may differ in Northern Ireland and Scotland.

    On average, it costs between £300 and £500 for a building regulations application and inspection, while submitting an application for planning permission tends to cost around £200 to £500.

    So, as you can see, these applications are not especially cheap. You're likely to wait around two months before receiving a response.

    Types of Garden Design

    There are many categories of garden design worth considering. In this section, we'll look at some prominent examples.

    Formal Garden

    With a distinct floor plan and a focus on symmetry, a formal garden can be achieved. This would involve mixing soft and hard landscaping along with a key feature such as a fountain or statue.

    Formal style garden

    Although these garden designs traditionally were reserved for the aristocracy, nowadays, anyone can have this type of garden design installed.


    ✔ Provides an aura of sophistication

    ✔ Well-suited for those who like order and simplicity


    ✖ May be a little dull for some people

    ✖ It can still be a bit challenging to pull off if a garden is especially small

    Welcoming In Wildlife

    Some homeowners like to encourage nature into their garden, and some more than others.

    For a garden that is especially wildlife-friendly, installing structures like water features, hedgehog boxes, log piles, and bee hotels, can quickly turn your garden into a mini jungle.

    Wildlife garden

    Obviously, there are ways to prevent its appearance from becoming overwhelming, such as setting aside tidier areas for your own utility or/and installing plant pots throughout to add dashes of order.

    Also, by attracting bees, you can encourage the pollination of flowers in your garden. This can make for a low maintenance garden design.


    ✔ Eco-friendly

    ✔ Can create a vibrant mini-ecosystem in your backyard

    ✔ Encourages pollination


    ✖ It can look fairly messy

    ✖ May render much of the garden unusable

    Mediterranean Garden

    Whether formal or informal, a Mediterranean garden can provide a wonderful and enchanting aesthetic to a property by replicating the warm tranquillity of Spain, Italy, or the south of France.

    Mediterranean garden

    Mediterranean gardens often feature a swimming pool, suitable plants (e.g. vines, olive trees, lavender, and rosemary), and a visual blend of bright colours like blue and orange.


    ✔ Beautiful aesthetics

    ✔ Ideal for summer use

    ✔ Suitable for small garden design ideas


    ✖ May feel/look out of place during the winter

    Contemporary Garden

    One option that has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years is a contemporary garden.

    Contemporary garden

    This typically includes water features, hard landscaping materials (e.g. hardwood, stone, rendered walls, etc.), small grass plots, and subtle LED lighting.


    ✔ Modern look

    ✔ Aesthetic value


    ✖ It lacks a traditional aesthetic

    Hiring Contractors to Design a Garden Checklist

    When hiring a garden designer, there are a few points you should consider. For instance, you should consider what experience they have, take a look at their previous work, and check out any accreditation they have. It's also worth asking for some references.

    You may wish to inquire about qualifications, although a garden designer doesn't need to have any. But, it could be seen as a bonus, for sure. Some designers, for example, may have a garden design certificate or even a Higher National Diploma.


    What is the best design for a small garden?
    In recent times, contemporary gardens have become one of the most popular choices for a new garden design among UK homeowners. However, it will simply depend on your preferences.
    How to design a garden layout?
    In order to design a garden, you should consider what type of outdoor space you'd like, what garden designs inspire you, what look, style, and design you'd prefer, and then draw up your proposal on this basis.
    Are there any garden design apps?
    Yes, in recent years, garden design apps have risen in popularity. It's worth checking out a few and considering downloading one if you'd rather use an app to help you with the process. In many ways, an app is a handy way to replace pen and paper for this sort of work.
    What are some ways of reducing expenses when it comes to landscaping?
    Among other approaches, you could group small plant pots throughout your garden with bright, vibrant flowers and plant fast-growing climbers. You could also use old pallets to make a planting table, turn your shed into a summerhouse, and paint your garden walls for a visual impact.
    How much do gardeners charge in the UK?
    On average, gardeners charge between £14 and £25 an hour.


    Last updated by MyJobQuote on 17th August 2021.

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