Design Process

Our Process

The Made From Scratch design process involves a holistic, sensitive response to the environment and the humans that dance within it. Working authentically in close collaboration with the client and community, we embody the values of creating a sanctuary for the imagination.

Our expertise in managing extensive playground design and build projects ensures delight and wonder are achievable within grounded, buildable, unique designs.

We do not compromise the value of placing play, and the child’s experience, at the heart of our design process.  Our practical build knowledge continually informs design and material refinements and recommendations on each project. The parallel values identified in our philosophy are woven into each design and into the specificity of the consultation advice we can give to planners, architects, and educators.

Interventions within a landscape to improve children’s access to both diverse play opportunities and to wild nature are possible in projects of all sizes and budgets

Our Process

The Made From Scratch design process involves a holistic, sensitive response to the environment and the humans that dance within it. Working authentically in close collaboration with the client and community, we embody the values of creating a sanctuary for the imagination.

Our expertise in managing extensive playground design and build projects ensures delight and wonder are achievable within grounded, buildable, unique designs.

We do not compromise the value of placing play, and the child’s experience, at the heart of our design process.  Our practical build knowledge continually informs design and material refinements and recommendations on each project.

Watercolour of trees with pink  blossom and raised walkway leading to wooden tower Made From Scratch

The parallel values identified in our philosophy are woven into each design, and into the specificity of the consultation advice we can give to planners, architects, and educators.

Interventions within  a landscape to improve children’s access to both  diverse play opportunities and to wild nature are possible in projects of all sizes and budgets.

Watercolour of trees with pink  blossom and raised walkway leading to wooden tower Made From Scratch

The parallel values identified in our philosophy are woven into each design and into the specificity of the consultation advice we can give to planners, architects, and educators.

Interventions within a landscape to improve children’s access to both diverse play opportunities and to wild nature are possible in projects of all sizes and budgets.

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Each project is unique. We listen to you and the dreams and challenges of the community you are representing. We understand the financial, logistical or conceptual challenges you might be facing in achieving a holistic design and build brief. We love sharing our skills in designing for play with architects, designers, educators and urban planners.

Authentic, immersive co-design and consultation is our specialism. We work with diverse user groups and tailor-make our participatory playground design and craft workshops.  The comprehensive work that is produced leaves a legacy of empowerment, improved design literacy and practical skills. These workshops inform the creation of masterplans and concept designs or lead to additional training or ongoing consultancy.

Our design process is meticulous. We gather a huge amount of data to inform the development of unique sketches, models, and concept visualisations. Our design recommendations are grounded in a deep understanding of the practicalities of buildability and budget. We value play equally to aesthetics and relish ongoing feedback with clients to refine designs and manage their translation to masterplans, AR 3D digital and construction drawings.

MFS supports clients and communities throughout all phases of a project. The emotional landscape of play space, and how it affects how children and adults relate to each other and the world around them, is fascinating to us. We create a lasting sense of confidence by delivering play training to staff and providing ongoing maintenance, and specific play risk-benefit analysis on each project we build.

Connect
Consult
Design
Engage

Each project is unique. We listen to you, and the dreams and challenges of the community you are representing.

We understand the financial, logistic, or conceptual challenges you might be facing in achieving a holistic design and build brief.

We love sharing our skills in designing for play with architects, designers, educators, and urban planners.

Authentic, immersive co-design and consultation is our specialism.

We work with diverse user groups and tailor-make our participatory playground design and craft workshops.

The comprehensive work that is produced leaves a legacy of empowerment,  improved design literacy, and practical skills.

These workshops inform the creation of masterplans and concept designs, or lead to additional training or ongoing consultancy and can be delivered.

Our design process is meticulous. We gather a huge amount of data to inform the development of unique sketches, models and concept visualizations.

Our design recommendations are grounded in a deep understanding of practicalities  of  buildability and budget along.

We value play equally to aesthetics and relish ongoing feedback with clients to refine designs and manage their translation to masterplans, AR 3D digital and construction drawings.

MFS has a  track record of supporting clients and communities throughout all phases of a project.

The emotional landscape of play space, and how it affects how children and adults relate to each other and the world around them is fascinating to us.

We create a lasting sense of confidence by delivering specific play training to staff and providing ongoing maintenance support and specific risk-benefit and OM documents on each project we build.