From the drawing board

Some pictures of my own garden

2 Written by Lisa on 16th Apr 2014 in From the drawing board

Our back garden Lisa Cox Designs Leatherhead

I had a client meeting at my house last week and after we’d scheduled the date in the diary I wondered why I’d suggested it as I felt this enormous pressure to make sure the garden was in good shape before she came!

But it’s actually looking great at the moment so I don’t really know why I thought it wouldn’t be up to scratch.  I think it’s an occupational hazard for all designers, whatever field of design they’re in, that they find it hard to emotionally detach themselves from their own space.

Hakonechloa macra Aureola in pot Lisa Cox Garden Designs

When I moved in the house here, the garden was pretty horrendous.  We had concrete everywhere, including a crazy paved pathway running down the middle of the garden to an old shed.  Outside the back of the house was a pile of rubble which the previous owner had left following some building work on the house and it was generally uninspiring.

We made some changes and built a seating area ourselves but then I learned how to do it properly so, although the terrace remained in place, we had to make some changes to the overall layout.

Our back garden Leatherhead Lisa Cox Designs

But now it’s feeling much more mature and by the summer the beds will be full of perennials.  The birch for me is the star of the show as it not only looks stunning at all times of the year but also provides dappled shade in the heat of summer when we want to eat outside at lunchtime.

Back garden Leatherhead Lisa Cox Designs

I love my terracotta urn too which was my present to me for my 40th birthday.

Seating area our back garden Lisa Cox Designs

I guess I’ll always be thinking of how to make it better, but it’s a lovely place to spend time in and look out on.  Much of what you see has been adapted and improved following my first pre-trained attempt, so if I was start again from scratch I might do things differently.

Nepeta in pot Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But we designers often have to make compromises so it’s all about making the most of what you’ve got!

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

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Apr 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept Sketch back garden Reigate Lisa Cox Designs

I have been working with my client in Reigate for just over a year now as they are currently living in Egypt and aren’t planning to move over until the end of this year. Read more

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

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

Concept Plan East Horsley Lisa Cox Garden Design

I have recently started working with a new client in East Horsley.  She brought the house at the end of last year and work is about to start to renovate it. Read more

From the drawing board: Front garden in Sutton all finished

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Mar 2014 in From the drawing board

Sutton front garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

The front garden project in Sutton was finished last month and I finally got chance to pop over and take some photos this week. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a garden in Woking

4 Written by Lisa on 5th Mar 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch The Dutch back garden copy

I have recently started working with a client in Woking who have recently turned an old guesthouse back into a home.  As part of the building project, they carried out some work in the garden but have since realised that it doesn’t feel right and they need help to bring it to life. Read more

From the drawing board: The finished front garden in North London

2 Written by Lisa on 11th Feb 2014 in From the drawing board

Front garden in Muswell Hill after redesign Lisa Cox Designs

It’s been a while since I blogged about this project.  We had a couple of challenges with the build phase of the project which held things up a bit, but apart from a drain cover that’s being made to order, the garden is now finished. Read more

Unwanted garden guests – the fox

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

Fox by Jans Canon Flickr

Back in October last year I opened my front door to find that our front garden had been trashed in the night. Read more

Where did that year go!?

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Dec 2013 in From the drawing board

Christmas tree

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to celebrating the arrival of 2014.  I can’t quite believe just how quickly 2013 flew by but now that I’ve looked back at what happened over the course of the year, it makes complete sense! Read more

Wishing you a very Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Dec 2013 in From the drawing board

Snowy covered oak tree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

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From the drawing board: The finished drawings for a garden in Sutton

0 Written by Lisa on 16th Dec 2013 in From the drawing board

Presentation Plan Irmgard MacAskill

You may remember a week or so ago that I shared the concept design and sketches for a small front garden in Sutton.  We have now finalised the design and the construction phase will start in January so I thought I’d share the finished design with you. 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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