From the drawing board: A garden for relaxation 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jul 2014 in From the drawing board

Covered seating area Twickenham Garden Lisa Cox Designs

We went over to Twickenham at the weekend for a BBQ with some friends, Rob and Sarah.  2 years ago I helped them to create their garden so it was great to see how it’s filled out and matured since it was planted.

Twickenham garden 2 years on Lisa Cox Designs

Rob built most of the garden himself, from a concept design and with some help from a joiner and a landscaper who extended the terrace for him.  I then helped with the planting…in the pouring rain I seem to remember!

Twickenham garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It was the last stage of the 2014 Tour de France on Sunday so, as we’re all followers, Rob decided to get the bunting out and we watched together from the garden.

Le Tour de France bunting Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The garden now is a far cry from the empty plot that was there 2 years ago.  Here’s a reminder of what it used to look like…

Back garden from house to office

View of house from office

The office at the end of the garden was really imposing and the overgrown ivy and shrubs on the boundary were taking up a lot of the garden, making it feel dark and dingy.

We wanted to create a garden that had a decent-sized terrace for eating and also a second, covered seating area further out in the garden with a fire pit.  The fire pit doubles up as a table.

View from house towards Office shed View from Office shed towards house

The shed is a little imposing, but it had to house quite a few bikes, including a tandem! But the climbers are already starting to do a good job of softening the structure and I suggested yesterday that they should incorporate a planter beneath the dart board which will help also.

Twickenham back garden 2 years on Lisa cox Designs

Dividing up a small space makes it feel bigger and this is a great space for entertaining because there’s lots of places to sit.

View from covered seating area Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Bespoke lounge seating Twickenham garden Lisa Cox Designs

The most important thing of course is that Rob and Sarah now use the garden a lot…something that they just didn’t do before.

 

 

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. Read more

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

Lisa Cox Welcome

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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