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Front garden design tips: Storage

2 Written by Lisa on 4th Feb 2014 in Design Tips

As I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, front gardens are predominantly functional spaces which means that there are things to accommodate that you don’t necessarily want to look at.

Bike storage Garde Trellis Company

Rubbish bins are an eye sore, especially the wheelie variety and in most areas home owners have at least two to accommodate.  If you’re lucky enough to have space at the side of the house to tuck them away out of sight that’s great, but often there’s no choice but to store them in the front garden.

Bin store with green roof Garden Trellis Company

However pretty and well designed your garden, there’s no getting away from the fact that rubbish bins are unsightly so ideally you want to be able to screen them away.  This could be behind a trellis with climbers or in a designated part of the garage, but if neither of these options will do, why not look at some kind of storage unit.

Harman bin store Garden Trellis Company

There are many “off the shelf” options available but the cheaper examples can be a bit shabby so it depends how fussy you are about the final look. Bespoke bin stores can be pricey, but the difference it will make to the overall look and feel of your garden may well outweigh the cost.

Bespoke bin storage Garden Trellis Company

The Garden Trellis Company are a good reference point (see link below) but I’m sure you’ll have a local joiner that would be able to build you something to fit.  Alternatively, you could work with your landscaper to build something as they often  work with joiners and/or carry out joinery work themselves.

Contemporary garden design for a modern mews house Sutton 14

The simple bin store above was built by my local joiner, Rob Horton, but I know my landscaper has subsequently used contemporary trellis kits from Silva Timber to make up his own, relatively inexpensively.

Storage solutions garden trellis

Other storage for the front garden might include a lockable space for bikes, other items that you don’t want out on show or a space to store your logs.  These are available off the shelf in timber or metal but, again, if you want something a bit more stylish then you can work with a joiner to make you something that fits.


(Images: Lisa Cox, The Garden Trellis Company)

Front garden design tips: Considering security

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden Wandsworth by Lisa Cox Designs

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0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden Wandsworth Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Last week I talked you through the layout of your front garden so now it’s time to start thinking about the hard landscaping materials.  The surface you choose will probably end up boiling down to cost but, whatever you decide upon, it must feel right with the look and style of your house as well as it’s setting. Read more

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0 Written by Lisa on 24th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Concept sketch sutton front garden Lisa Cox Designs

Welcome to the first edition of my blog series about front gardens.  I’ve written about them before but I hope that I’ll be able to give you some tips to help you to improve what you have.  Whether you’re ready to start again from scratch or just make a few changes I hope I’ll give you some inspiration to have a go. Read more

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0 Written by Lisa on 21st Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Front garden in Wandsworth by Lisa Cox Designs

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0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Walled garden in Berkshire - Lighting by Ornamental Garden Lighting

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1 Written by Lisa on 7th Nov 2013 in Design Tips

Horsham Stone Quarry Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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2 Written by Lisa on 29th Oct 2013 in Design Tips

View of deck from under willow tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs Surrey

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0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Oct 2013 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Concept sketch for front garden in Wandsworth

I went to see a potential client in Clapham on Saturday. They live in a beautiful Victorian town house and are slowly restoring its original features. They’re very keen to improve the look and feel of the front garden first, the back garden will come later. Read more

Sometimes a parasol just doesn’t really cut it!

2 Written by Lisa on 24th Jul 2013 in Design Tips

Umbria Parasol by Garpa

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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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