Thursday, 28 June 2018

Garden Design - Caterham, Surrey

I've just finished designing this contemporary family garden in Caterham, Surrey for a young couple with two children.

 Garden Design, Surrey - Before

Although the garden has to be family and dog friendly the brief was to create a contemporary garden to match the recently refurbished house with its modern extension.  The garden is large and rather bland, but the clients love the space, and privacy.  They gave me a brief that included keeping the vegetable garden, sheds, compost area and greenhouse at the rear of the garden, but integrating them into a more interesting garden.

 Garden Design, Surrey - Visual of water feature

 I divided the garden into distinct zones, without cutting off the clients view down the garden.  I created a new focal point in the vegetable garden through the existing arch.  A piece of sculpture will be chosen to create drama and interest and lead the eye down the garden.

Garden Design, Surrey - Visual of garden towards house

The first zone is a large entertaining terrace that gives a seamless transition from the inside to the outside making it an extension of the house and useable for most of the year.  This area has an outdoor kitchen and a water feature with steel grille and inset glass stepping stones with water cascades down the perimeter walls.  There is plenty of space for a large dining table and outdoor sofas.

Garden Design, Surrey - Visual of new terrace

In the centre of the garden there is a sunken seating area with a sculptural water feature and built-in benches.  This area is surrounded by perennial planting and has pathways leading in from the sides of the gardens with metal arches to match the existing arch into the vegetable area.

Garden Design, Surrey - Visual of sunken seating area through arches

Down the side of the garden there are raised planting areas and others in more shade areas that lead into the lawned area of the garden from a shady perimeter walkway that children can run around to access the existing play area at the bottom of the garden.

Garden Design, Surrey - Visual of sunken seating area

An existing, raised area to one side of the garden has been maintained, but tweaked to fit in with the overall symmetry of the new garden scheme.

If you'd like me to design your perfect garden please get in touch.  You will find all contact details as well as other examples of my work on my Web site.  You can see more of my work on my Facebook page.



Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Garden Design - New Projects in Surrey and Berkshire

I'm working hard at the moment and have a number of new projects just coming off my virtual drawing board.  Here is a small sample of some of the more exciting ones.

Garden Design Guildford, Surrey

A small family garden in Guildford, Surrey with a built-in seating area and pergola, a new space for an existing hot tub, a kid friendly play space and a new patio.



Garden Design Swindon, Wiltshire

A very large, sloping garden design in Swindon, Wiltshire with an outdoor kitchen, a large terrace wrapping round the house, a grand front driveway and entrance and smaller, more intimate seating areas adjoining the new house.



Garden Design Hindhead, Surrey 

A fabulous contemporary garden design in Hindhead, Surrey for a modern new build house on a very steep slope.  The garden has a full outdoor kitchen, a steel pergola, a gorgeous moon-gate seat, a hot tub terrace with a water cascade.  The garden incorporates a large garden room with a kitchen and bathroom.


Garden Design Esher, Surrey

A contemporary sloping family garden design in Esher, Surrey with a bespoke water feature, a large new terrace that curves around the house, new terraced planting levels and a large, family friendly lawn.


All my work is presented in 3-D so that clients can see exactly what the finished garden design will look like.

If you would like help creating your new garden please get in touch by visiting my Web site, and don't forget to check out my work on Facebook and Google+ and Houzz - all links from the Home page on my Web site.

Sunday, 6 August 2017

Contemporary Sloping Garden Design, Crowthorne, Berkshire

This awkward shaped garden in Crowthorne, Berkshire was in great need of a makeover. The plot slopes from back to front as well as across its width and wrapped around the house in an 'L' shape.
The clients wanted a contemporary style, low maintenance garden where they could spend time entertaining friends and family.

The brief was to create more useable space, a large seating and dining terrace by the back of the house, an area of lawn and a place to enjoy the evening sun.  The rear garden needed to be secure and private and a new driveway was required at the front of the house with easy access and parking for two large cars. 


 Front garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - Before

 

 Front garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - After

The new front driveway was paved with stabilised gravel and has a raised planter as well as planting along the boundary to soften the space.  Two cars can get in and out and park easily on the new driveway which also includes an area for bin storage and a new front step.  The front driveway is secured from the rear garden with a single-rail pergola with baton screens and a lockable gate that matches the baton screens.


  Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - Before

 

 Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - After - Upper Terrace

The rear garden comprises three outdoor rooms at different levels.  There is a raised terrace immediately accessible from the kitchen with built-in benches, rendered blockwork walls, black Limestone paving and a Bio ethanol fireplace table with a black Limestone top.  The terrace is enclosed by a single rail pergola and baton screens which also help to disguise the old concrete garage. The wood is painted black to give a contrast to the white painted walls and provide a dramatic backdrop to the planting.


  
Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - Before


  Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - After - Lawn Area



From the terrace there is an archway between baton screens with cut out windows lined with brushed steel frames.  There is a step down through the archway onto a lawned area with herbaceous borders full of pretty summer flowering perennials and grasses.



Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - Before


Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - After - Lower Courtyard Area



From the lawn there is a step down into a small courtyard area with outdoor sofas and raised beds sheltered by a pergola.  This area is perfect for enjoying an evening drink catching the last rays of the sun.  It is a peaceful, intimate space that feels private and relaxing.


 
  
Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - Before



Rear garden Crowthorne, Berkshire - After - Lower Courtyard Area

If you'd like me to design something that is perfect for your lifestyle and requirements please get in touch.  You will find all contact details as well as other examples of my work on my Web site.  You can see more of my work on my Facebook page.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Garden Design - A Contemporary Front Courtyard Garden in Surrey



This front garden at a rental property in Windlesham, Surrey was neglected and the letting agents suggested a makeover would help maintain its value on the rental market.  The rear garden is smaller and shadier than the front garden, so it made sense to make the front garden into a low-maintenance courtyard garden.  The challenge was to create a garden that gave the house more kerb appeal as well as giving tenants more outdoor space within a tight budget.

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - Before

 The Silver Birch was removed as it was too large, created shade and was too close to the house.  The lawn was excavated down to the paving level around the house.  Blockwork walls were used to retain the upper terrace.  The walls were rendered with K-Rend – a self-coloured render – in a mid-gey colour.  

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - After


The upper terrace has a self-binding gravel pathway with low-maintenance planting on either side.  Steps lead up from the lower level at either end of the path giving a journey around the garden.  The level changes and pathway make the space more interesting without adding to the maintenance. 

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - After
 
The lower terrace has a built in bench with a wooden seat top.  The paving is silver grey granite which in smooth and gives a flat surface perfect for a table and chairs.  
 

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - Before 

The driveway is retained with an Oak railway sleeper wall that curves around to enclose the lower terrace and create a raised planter.  This helps to give the terrace a greater sense of privacy and defines it as a garden space rather than as part of the front driveway.

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - After
 
The driveway was repaired and new sand brushed into the joints of the block paviours.  The fence was repaired and painted dark grey.

 Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - After


The garden is no longer dank and neglected. It is an inviting sunny space, enclosed and private where people will feel happy to spend time outside.  It also makes a smart entrance to the house and gives a good first impression when potential tenants visit. 

 
   Front Garden Design Windlesham, Surrey - After

 If you'd like me to design something that is perfect for your lifestyle and requirements please get in touch.  You will find all contact details as well as other examples of my work on my Web site.  You can see more of my work on my Facebook page.





Monday, 12 June 2017

Why Garden Design is a Good Investment




Building a new house or extending an existing home provides a wonderful opportunity to look at the whole site, including the garden.  Not only does a well-planned garden look beautiful, it creates an outdoor room with extra space for eating, relaxing and entertaining. The garden is often neglected, but when designed correctly it creates valuable, useable space that can be enjoyed all year round.


Sunny Sheltered Courtyard - Garden Design in Crowthorne, Berkshire

When extending a property or building a new home it’s easy to focus on the inside of the house and forget about the garden until the last minute.  After the builders and budget have gone the view out of the sparkly new bi-folds is of a garden which now resembles a ploughed field.



Kerb appeal and elegance in this Woking, Surrey front garden design
 
People are often reluctant to spend extra (around 10% of the cost of the garden) on having a set of professional garden design plans prepared.  However, no-one would build a house, or an extension without plans to give to the building contractors.  The garden designer’s role is the same as an architect when building a house - they make sure the garden is built correctly and act as a conduit between the landscape contractors and the client. 
 


Garden design plan - Egham, Surrey

It is tempting to go straight to the landscapers.  When building a simple patio or deck this can work, but for a whole garden makeover, or when dealing with a tricky space it’s really worth paying a garden designer to prepare the plans.  An experienced designer will be able to provide a complete set of plans including technical drawings and specifications that tell the contractors exactly how the garden should be built.  A set of garden design plans will remove the margin for error when constructing the garden and ensure the budget is well invested.

  3-D visual of garden design in Crowthorne, Berkshire

If you'd like me to design something that is perfect for your lifestyle and requirements please get in touch.  You will find all contact details as well as other examples of my work on my Web site.  You can see more of my work on my Facebook page.