The Landscape Design Studio

  • 4 June 2021 4:56 pm
  • Kent, England
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Beautifully designed and built gardens, to suit all budgets – throughout Kent, Surrey and London

The Landscape Design Studio’ was founded by Chris Benson, a qualified designer with a true understanding of how to achieve individual spaces tailored to his client’s needs. ‘The Landscape Design Studio’ offers a full design and construction service throughout Kent, Surrey, Sussex and London. Over Chris Benson’s 11 year career he has enjoyed being at the forefront of an award winning company and has built up a reputation for creating innovative and inspiring gardens for hundreds of very satisfied clients.

His qualified, experienced in-house design team have created a wide range of garden schemes ranging from contemporary city roof tops and low maintenance urban to traditional cottage garden and country estates. ‘The Landscape Design Studio’ caters for budgets both large and small and can also provide a design only service, should this be required.

Chris Benson says ‘ Our Forte is applying our extensive design and horticultural knowledge and experience to every type of project we undertake, from a compact town house garden to the sprawling acres of the larger country residence. We believe it is very important from the outset that an overall plan is in place, even if all the work is not undertaken in one bite. We pride ourselves on working closely with each individual client to ensure that all necessary design requirements are fulfilled. All of our construction work is carried out by our own labour force and managed by myself, ensuring tighter quality control and preventing the loss of unique vision, which can sometimes arise when sub-contracting. As members of B.A.L.I you have peace of mind that our workmanship is regulated to a very high standard, guaranteeing extensive public liability insurance is in place to safeguard the interests of our clients.


Design Process

Ultimately, your interests lie in having your garden or part of the garden designed by a trusted company you can rely on to deliver fantastic results from both the design concept through to the final construction.

Here at ‘The Landscape Design Studio’ we aim to keep things simple. Please see below the few easy steps it takes to achieve your new stylish outdoor space;

The first step is for us to meet at your house/ site and discuss what it is you are hoping to achieve from your garden. Some clients provide a very detailed brief, whilst others are looking for real inspiration. You will also have an opportunity during this early meeting to browse through our extended portfolio. This initial consultation is free of charge.

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Depending on the size of the project and your requirements, we would discuss a one off fee in order to create a tailor made design package that suits your needs. A basic design package would include the site survey, level survey (if required) and a ‘to scale’ plan. The plan would clearly show how the newly proposed garden scheme would look from a ‘bird’s eye view’ and would label all of the potential design features. This basic design package starts from as little as £250 plus vat (based on a small, fairly level plot measuring approximately 10m x 5m). Please note that if you require further technical drawings, a detailed planting plan or three dimensional sketches these can also be worked into the design package (although most clients feel a detailed ‘bird’s eye plan’ is suffice in order to visualize our proposals). We would, as a matter of course, be prepared to include further minor alterations, at no additional cost, to ensure you are entirely satisfied with your final design proposal.

A detailed itemised quotation for the project to be constructed by our workforce would be written as standard and testimonials/references would be available upon request. We can even offer assisted site visits to show you examples of our past work. We want your decision to trust ‘The Landscape Design Studio’ with your garden to be an easy one and hopefully look forward to adding you to our on- going list of very satisfied clients.

Contemporary Garden Design

Examples of Contemporary Garden Design – please see website for more examples and more images of examples shown

The brief for this garden was to create an ‘outdoor living room’. I designed the high rendered wall for privacy and created a central decking area to denote the seating. There was even a fire place designed into the scheme to give it a convincing living room feel! Their young child also benefited from the garden with her very own rubber tiled play area. Mum and Dad also asked for a timber chalet retreat at the rear of the garden.


This was a simple but effective scheme that we built using ‘Porphyry’ slabs and Porphyry cobbles. The patio was set off with a large drilled cube water feature (also in Porphyry) that was placed within Scottish pebbles. The planting has been designed to soften the large expanse of paving.


Traditional Garden Design
Examples of Traditional Garden Design – please see website for more examples and more images of examples shown

The owner of this traditional Victorian farmhouse wanted to reduce the surrounding land back to its original levels. The layers of immediate patio had been built on top of each other quite a few times over the years. The finished results turned the landscape into an area of real diversity – the level changes created the feature steps, walls and piers that really enhanced the space. The client was so pleased he commissioned us to design and build a new pond and driveway entrance to complete his dream landscape.


The brief for this project was to remove a tennis court that was taking up approximately two thirds of the garden and to replace it with a completely new landscaping scheme. As you will see from the photographs, the area needed land drainage before the new topsoil was brought in. The finished result was such a huge transformation from the once dominating tenniscourt.


Water Features


Stainless steel sphere with light


Stainless steel blade water feature into lower pond

Timber Structures


Oak framed gazebo


Timber pergola/trellis seating area

Driveways and Entrances

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The Landscape Design Studio
The Studio
8 Worcester Avenue
Kings Hill
West Malling
ME19 4FL

Tel: 01732 843542
Mob: 07971 856582