From the drawing board

Concept design for a self-builder

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jul 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client, Rhys, near Port Talbot who, having renovated his house, wants to make more of the garden. He plans to build the garden himself, as and when he has the funds to do it, but he had been struggling to formulate a plan.

So we spent the morning together and worked through a concept design on site.  The benefit of doing this is that when he comes to build the garden, and has to fine tune the design, he’ll understand the design decisions we made.

A concept design provides an outline plan but it’s not fully resolved so there will be some working out to do later (dimensions of steps etc).  But for self-builder’s it’s normally enough to get them started because often they have the ideas but just need some help to pull it together into a plan that they can take forward and develop themselves.

The garden currently is pretty much a blank canvass, typical of the period of the house with pathway down the middle. The garage at the back of the garden is new so it needs some softening.

The design is quite formal in layout but Rhys wants to create a contemporary space with clean lines.  The materials he uses will really help to shape the overall finish of the garden and I know he wants to clad the concrete block wall with some sort of contemporary slatted timber.

 

Although the garden’s North facing, because it sits higher than the bungalow, it gets the sun pretty much all day.  These photos were taken at around 7pm so, as you can see, it still has plenty of sunshine.

Although there’s only one change in level, the difference in height is approximately 90cm so we needed 6 steps which takes up around 2.6m in depth. By moving them to the left side of the garden we’ve been able to utilise the area to the right for the main seating area.

The route to the garage was really important too, as this is where he parks his car and the French Doors are his main access into the house.

I can’t wait to see how he gets on with the build phase of the project – it’s going to take some time, but I think the finished garden will be amazing.  He’s even going to make his own lounge furniture using old pallets!

 

 

From the drawing board: Concept design for a courtyard garden in Cardiff

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jun 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client in Cardiff to help her to transform her little courtyard.  She’s recently moved from a much larger house and garden so wanted some help to fit everything in without it feeling too cluttered. Read more

From the drawing board: Monmouth garden after planting

2 Written by Lisa on 3rd May 2017 in From the drawing board

I went back to check on my Monmouth project yesterday and it was great to see how much the planting has come on just a few weeks after planting. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Abergavenny

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Feb 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve been working with a couple in Abergavenny over the last few weeks who have recently renovated their house and are now ready to turn their attention to the garden. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Dec 2016 in From the drawing board

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The run up to Christmas always seems to go so fast and I never really know why.  But I’ve been baking a lot this week too which probably hasn’t helped too much with getting my task list done! Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Hereford

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Dec 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a client in Hereford who has just moved into his house in the middle of Hereford. It’s a small garden, but in a great location, close to the centre of town and also near the river. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a challenging garden near Camberley

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

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I have recently been working with a client near Camberley who has a very challenging garden. She contacted me a few months ago with some pictures of the site and it became clear very quickly why she didn’t really know what to do. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

From the drawing board: Epsom garden finished

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I went back to see my Epsom project last week which, apart from the new shed, is all finished. Read more

From the drawing board: Courtyard garden in Reigate 1 year on

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I was up in Surrey and London earlier this week and I managed to get over to Reigate to see the courtyard garden that was finished and planted up last May.  It’s looking really fabulous after such a short space of time. 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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