A site survey and analysis is necessary to produce a scaled plan of your garden and to record all of the relevant information to consider in the design.
The survey and site analysis consists of:
- Measuring the site, building(s), access points, windows and ground levels.
- Noting the particular characteristics of the entrance area: the setting, the soil type, drainage, aspect, views, existing plants, drains and manhole covers, local building materials and styles.
- Assessing whether any views could be enhanced or obscured.
- Photographing and sketching the site.
If the site is complex I would recommend that a firm of surveyors undertake this aspect of the work.