From the drawing board

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.

Front garden in Reading before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

They want to create a striking garden with a contemporary edge, one that makes them smile when they come home and stands out, in a good way of course!

They liked the idea of using gravel as this is reasonably inexpensive and also permeable which means that they don’t need to apply for planning permission before the work is done.

As their neighbour has right of access down the side of the house to his back garden, we wanted to make a clear route at the same time as clearly marking the boundaries of their property.

The front of the house faces south and this means it gets full sun throughout most of the day.  There are plans in place to convert the garage into utility and office space so the garage door will go and be replaced with a window.

The existing bench will therefore be positioned under the window so it was important to retain some privacy, as they like to sit there when it’s warm.

Concept sketch for front garden design in Reading Lisa Cox

Part of the planning agreement for the garage conversion requires them to provide an additional parking space so that the new driveway will easily accommodate 2 cars.

Front garden before redesign in Reading Lisa Cox Designs

The contemporary style trellis will lift the space and make it more uniformed and the planters will provide a physical barrier without blocking out the light.  Planting will be simple and quite minimalist using tall calamagrostis to provide a screen without the dense feeling a hedge gives.

Front garden concept sketch Reading Lisa Cox Designs

Reading front garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

My clients are now in the process of choosing materials, but they’re keen to use a sawn stone and Horcott aggregate because it’s so stable and looks attractive.  I’m looking forward to seeing it come to life over the next few months.

 

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

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

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

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

From the drawing board: Woking garden during construction

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jun 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept sketch The Dutch back garden copy

I made a site visit to my project in Woking yesterday, which started after the bank holiday. The new garden is starting to emerge so I thought I’d share some of the pictures I took. Read more

A beautiful and inspirational garden for a family in Surrey

4 Written by Lisa on 30th May 2014 in From the drawing board, Inspiration

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Back in 2012 I worked with Fiona Humberstone and her husband to help translate the ideas they had for their garden into a design that they could work from themselves. Read more

Create Your Garden course – Week 3

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

Create your garden course Lisa Cox The Decor Cafe Week 3

In the midst of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show last week I ran the final week of my Create Your Garden course at The Decor Cafe in Putney, with fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller. 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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