About Design by Katja

Katja Griffiths | Gardens and Swimming Pools

My passion for plants and my long involvement in the swimming pool industry combined with my credo in maximizing outdoor living, has led naturally to my career as a garden designer. Born in Switzerland, educated there, in Canada and in Belgium (where I have lived and worked in recent years) I have been able to absorb a broad appreciation, learning and understanding of different cultures which, I believe, has taught me, amongst other things, to listen carefully to the clients’ wishes.This is important when such wishes must be translated into creation of your private retreat. I work as a sole practitioner and my garden design successes until now have been – in part –achieved by ensuring close relationships with other trusted professional resources who provide project input.

Project Management Skills

My approach is one of management of the execution of a design project from inception through to completion by maintaining the interface between the client and the sub-contractor whilst ensuring that plans and timing are respected.My strong project management skills ensure proper integration of the differing execution inputs in order to achieve the character and ‘sense of place’ of the clients’ private retreat, as intended in the design.

Bi-lingual Garden Designer

Being bi-lingual, I maintain business relationships in French-speaking areas of Europe.This can be advantageous to British clients with homes in France, contemplating outdoor living design.