From the drawing board

From the drawing board: A new garden for a client near Redhill

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Dec 2014 in From the drawing board

Last weekend I presented the final designs to a client in South Nutfield, near Redhill.  It’s a complicated site with steep levels which always makes for some head scratching but at the same time, gives such scope for a more interesting garden.

I thought I’d start with a couple of concept sketches and pictures of the garden now.

Redhill garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Concept design sketch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The garden is already terraced, but when the new house extension is built, there will no longer be anywhere to sit as the existing terrace will be covered over.

The sleeper steps are also really dangerous – the dimensions of the steps aren’t right i.e. the tread isn’t big enough, and they get really slippery in the winter.

Garden before redesign near Redhill Lisa Cox Designs copy

Concept sketch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Working with levels can be expensive as terracing a garden requires retaining structures if you want to move soil around.  I’ve tried to work with the existing terraces as much as possible to keep the cost down, but at the same time give the garden more character and interest.

This is the final design…

Presentation Plan near Redhill Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

The main terrace is now on the first level which will involve a bit of earth moving, but will still work with the existing terraces.

It’s so important when you’re working with levels that you think about what’s happening to the soil that you need to take away.  Ideally you want to keep as much of it on site as possible otherwise you just spend good money on removing waste from site.

Cross section drawings are essential if you are to get your head around what’s there now and how it relates to the new garden you are trying to create.

Cross section drawings of levels Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

Construction details are also essential to ensure that the drawings communicate properly to the landscaper.  It’s really important, for example, that the exact dimensions and angle of the sloped wall for the bottom steps was thought through and calculated properly otherwise it may never look right.

Construction drawing main steps Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The second flight of steps was also important to get right as the wall becomes free-standing at the bottom of the steps.

Construction drawing of main steps Lisa Cox Garden Designs

For this project I also put together some isometric drawings of the main elements.  This really helps the landscaper to understand the design vision but also tests my ideas and ensures that I’ve thought through the details properly.

Isometric drawing steps Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Isometric drawing of steps Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Isometric drawing of steps from utility room Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Isometric drawing of main steps Lisa Cox Garden Designs

 

There’ll be some delay now before this garden is built because my clients are having some building work done on the house first.  They wanted to plan the garden at the same time so that they had a sense of what was happening and could manage the build with the garden in mind.

I think it will make a huge difference to how they feel about the garden and, just as importantly, how they use the space.  I can’t wait to see it all finished in a couple of years’ time.

 

 

(Designs & Images © Lisa Cox Garden Designs)

 

From the drawing board: New garden for a client in Richmond

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Dec 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch back garden Richmond

I wrote a blog post last week about tackling really small gardens which was triggered by a project I’ve been working on in Richmond. Read more

Introducing garden joiner – Jonathan Blackburn

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

garden bench peg back detail by Jonathan Blackburn

I’m always looking for talented craftsmen (and women!) to work with and earlier this year I met Jonathan Blackburn, a brilliant garden joiner based in Oxfordshire. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a client in Weybridge

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch for Weybridge back garden Lisa Cox Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Weybridge who is now in throws of having a new glass box style garden room built at the back of the house. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for client in Epsom Downs

2 Written by Lisa on 19th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Potager garden concept sketch Epsom Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Epsom Downs who wanted to design a potager area at the bottom of the garden to accommodate her new greenhouse, existing summerhouse and also to create an attractive space where they can sit and take in the evening sunshine. Read more

From the drawing board: Leatherhead garden one year on

0 Written by Lisa on 15th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Planting in Leatherhead garden after one year Lisa Cox Designs

Last week I finally managed to get back to see the Leatherhead garden we completed and planted last summer.  I should really have been there in July when all the roses and perennials were looking at their best, but I still think the transformation is quite amazing in just one year and there’s still lots in flower and looking great. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a front garden in Reading

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Aug 2014 in From the drawing board

Reading front garden design sketch Lisa Cox

I have recently been working with a client in Reading to help them plan their new front garden.  They plan to build the garden themselves and had lots of ideas, but just wanted some help to bring them together into a coherent plan that they can work with. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden after planting

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Aug 2014 in From the drawing board

Woking back garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

The garden at Woking isn’t quite finished, but I wanted to share the pictures I took whilst I was there on Friday because it’s already looking great, especially now that the Rudbeckia’s have come out. Read more

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. Read more

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

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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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