From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a client in Ashtead

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept Design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Ashtead who is about to embark on a house renovation project.  They recognised that they also require a plan for the garden as the existing terrace has to be lifted to accommodate the new extension.

Often the garden gets forgotten until after the builders have left and there aren’t any funds left to create even a basic terrace area so it’s great when I’m enlisted to help from the very start.  This often saves time and cash as there are elements that can be combined such as clearing the site for example.

Ashtead back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Back garden in Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

The garden is reasonably large and it requires some investment but with a plan for the whole site it means that the construction can be phased without compromising the end result.  If you know where the garden is heading, and you’re planning to be in the house for a period of time, then you can work through its creation in a staged way.

Back garden design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At the moment. as you’ll see above, the garden is uninspiring.  There’s a pond near the house which will have to be demolished to accommodate the extension and the old crazy paving is dated and unattractive.

Concept Sketch Ashtead back garden Lisa Cox Designs

Ashtead back garden concept sketch Lisa Cox Designs

They have cleared quite a lot of the garden already and it’s mostly laid to lawn so we want to create a more inspiring space which has a formal dining area, less formal lounge-seating area that catches the evening sun, and a space for their children to kick a ball around.

The idea is to create a family garden with a contemporary and elegant feel, certainly to the more formal areas around the house.

Front garden Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox Designs copy

Front garden in Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox copy

The front is huge and will easily eat cash so rather than the suggested gravel, we may initiate the layout and plan with the existing block paving which, with a bit of effort, will clean up nicely and look as good as new.

Front garden design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Sometimes is more about restructuring and getting the layout right – it’s amazing how you can change the look and feel of a space just by changing its structure.

Concept sketch Ashtead front garden Lisa Cox Designs

Front garden Concept Sketch Ashtead Lisa Cox Designs

I’m looking forward to tracking the progress of the garden as it emerges over time.  I’ll be involved as and when required so I’ll keep you posted.

Rooms outside by Green Studios

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jul 2014 in Inspiration

Lores garden studio by Green Studios

I absolutely believe that your garden has the potential to create additional living space that you can use all year round.  Get the design right and it will change the way you use the space and encourage you to spend more time outside. Read more

Something a bit different in the garden furniture world

2 Written by Lisa on 16th Jul 2014 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Dedon furniture collection

I came across Dedon recently, an outdoor furniture company that offers something a bit different. Read more

From the drawing board: East Horsley garden one year on

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Helenium & calamgrostis Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I popped in to see my East Horsley client last week.  It’s been a year since the garden was planted and wow, what a difference…it looked fabulous! Read more

Good design is all about balance

0 Written by Lisa on 4th Jul 2014 in Design Tips

Side garden restructured Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Woking who, after a big project to renovate the house, needed some help to lift the garden.  They’d already installed the paving and brought in lots of mature specimen plants, but the garden just hadn’t really come to life and they didn’t feel very inspired to spend time out there. Read more

From the drawing board: Oxshott garden one year on…

0 Written by Lisa on 1st Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Oxshott Garden 1 year on Lisa Cox Designs

I went back to see my Oxshott client, Lisa, last Friday and the garden was looking fabulous. Read more

Loseley Park Garden Part 2 – Flying the Union Jack

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Flag flying at Loseley Park Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you enjoyed my earlier post this week following my visit to Loseley Park garden last week.  Here are some more images from this wonderful garden… Read more

Loseley Park Garden Part 1 – From Gertrude Jekyll to The Flower Garden

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Jun 2014 in Inspiration

Loseley House from the Herb Garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I attended a press event at Loseley Park.  As you know, I love the garden there…it has an informal and relaxed feel to it and it’s never the same each time you visit. Read more

From the drawing board: an intimate courtyard garden in Bletchingley

0 Written by Lisa on 17th Jun 2014 in From the drawing board

Bletchingley courtyard Lisa Cox Garden Designs

You may remember me blogging the concept design for this project a couple of months ago but I thought I’d share the designs again as well as some quick photos I took yesterday after I’d finished planting. Read more

The June stars of my garden

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jun 2014 in Plants

Lavandula angustifolia Hidcote Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Hasn’t it been fabulous to spend some time outside over the past week or so.  My garden this year has gone bonkers, I think because until now we’ve had quite a lot of rain.  But there’s lots in flower so I thought I’d share some pictures of the stars of the show at the moment. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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