From the drawing board

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.

Often the garden gets forgotten until after the builders have left and there aren’t any funds left to create even a basic terrace area so it’s great when I’m enlisted to help from the very start.  This often saves time and cash as there are elements that can be combined such as clearing the site for example.

Ashtead back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

Back garden in Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

The garden is reasonably large and it requires some investment but with a plan for the whole site it means that the construction can be phased without compromising the end result.  If you know where the garden is heading, and you’re planning to be in the house for a period of time, then you can work through its creation in a staged way.

Back garden design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

At the moment. as you’ll see above, the garden is uninspiring.  There’s a pond near the house which will have to be demolished to accommodate the extension and the old crazy paving is dated and unattractive.

Concept Sketch Ashtead back garden Lisa Cox Designs

Ashtead back garden concept sketch Lisa Cox Designs

They have cleared quite a lot of the garden already and it’s mostly laid to lawn so we want to create a more inspiring space which has a formal dining area, less formal lounge-seating area that catches the evening sun, and a space for their children to kick a ball around.

The idea is to create a family garden with a contemporary and elegant feel, certainly to the more formal areas around the house.

Front garden Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox Designs copy

Front garden in Ashtead before redesign Lisa Cox copy

The front is huge and will easily eat cash so rather than the suggested gravel, we may initiate the layout and plan with the existing block paving which, with a bit of effort, will clean up nicely and look as good as new.

Front garden design Ashtead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Sometimes is more about restructuring and getting the layout right – it’s amazing how you can change the look and feel of a space just by changing its structure.

Concept sketch Ashtead front garden Lisa Cox Designs

Front garden Concept Sketch Ashtead Lisa Cox Designs

I’m looking forward to tracking the progress of the garden as it emerges over time.  I’ll be involved as and when required so I’ll keep you posted.

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

From the drawing board – Concept design & sketches for small courtyard garden in Bletchingley

0 Written by Lisa on 16th May 2014 in From the drawing board

Bletchingley courtyard sketch Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have recently been working with a client in Bletchingley who has downsized and moved into a small property with a tiny courtyard garden. Read more

Create your garden course – Week 2

0 Written by Lisa on 14th May 2014 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Week 2 create your garden workshop Decor Cafe Lisa Cox

Yesterday was week 2 of my Create Your Garden course at The Decor Cafe in Putney, which I’m running with friend and fellow garden designer, Sarah Speller. Read more

Create your garden course – Week 1

0 Written by Lisa on 7th May 2014 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

Design your own garden course Lisa Cox The Decor Cafe

It was the first week of my new garden styling and design course at The Decor Cafe yesterday.  I’m running it with friend and fellow designer, Sarah Speller, and it will run over three consecutive Tuesday mornings. 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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