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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.

I presented the final drawings at the weekend so I thought it would be nice to share the final designs with you.

The back garden concept sketch is above with the initial design idea and although the essence of the design has remained the same, I have made some small tweaks to the design.

Back Garden Richmond Lisa Cox Designs

The integral bench seat within the raised planting beds will have hidden storage underneath.  In small spaces it’s important to be a bit creative when you consider storage.

Perspective view of bench seat Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Two of the existing brick walls need a bit of repair work, but the end wall in particular is really quite beautiful – well it will be once it’s been re-pointed.

Back garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

The left had wall isn’t very pretty, but it will be hidden behind some contemporary trellis which continue around the garden to create a contemporary courtyard feel.

The front garden is even tinier, just 1.2m deep and the white picket fencing just doesn’t really enhance the front of the house at all…

Front garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

This is my initial concept sketch…

Concept sketch front garden Richmond Lisa Cox Designs

The brick wall and railings will really smarten things up and give it a town house feeling.  My original design allowed for low planting on the inside of the wall, but I have now tweaked the design to make it simpler and to provide space for a functional and attractive bin store.

Front garden Design Richmond by Lisa Cox

You’ll see that I’ve taken out some of the pillars in the wall.  It just felt too “busy” – simplicity is key, especially in a small space.

The house building project is well under way now so we’re looking to build the garden in the early part of next year.  The garden has already been cleared by the builder so it will make for a quicker job and hopefully tidier one too.  I’ll keep you posted!



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: Sutton garden 2 months after planting

4 Written by Lisa on 23rd Jun 2012 in From the drawing board

I went to visit my project in Sutton this week, to check on the planting and see how things are progressing.  I can’t believe how much everything has grown since it was planted in April, it already feels more like a garden. Read more

From the drawing board: Pictures from my Sutton project 3 weeks after planting

2 Written by Lisa on 10th May 2012 in From the drawing board

If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you’ll know that I carried out the planting at my Sutton project a few weeks ago.  It was a long old day as I was on site at 7.30am and didn’t finish until gone 7pm by which time it was not only too dark to take pictures, but all I wanted to do was to get home and have a hot bath. Read more

New plans for my own front garden

2 Written by Lisa on 29th Feb 2012 in From the drawing board

I have been chipping away at “my client” over the past couple of years and I am so excited that finally we are going to do something with our very uninspiring front garden.  It’s really quite small, but we have space for one small car and there is scope to introduce a more attractive area outside the lounge window.  As work will commence at some point in March, I thought you might like to see the plans.  This is how it looks now… Read more

From the Drawing Board: Concept design & sketches for a project in Wimbledon

2 Written by Lisa on 10th Jan 2012 in From the drawing board

Just before Christmas I was commissioned to produce a concept design for the front and back gardens of a small period cottage in Wimbledon.  The house is currently in the process of being renovated and because the back garden can only be accessed through the house, I needed to produce the design quickly so that the work in the garden could be carried out before work to the house moved inside. Read more

From the Drawing Board – Project in Sutton is finished in time for Christmas

2 Written by Lisa on 20th Dec 2011 in From the drawing board

I paid a last visit to my project in Sutton last week as the hard landscaping elements are now finished.  Because it’s a bit late in the season to plant, we have only been able to put the trees in, but the beds have been prepared ready for the rest of the planting to take place in the Spring. I thought I’d share the pictures I took.  This is the front garden… Read more

From the Drawing Board: Concept sketches for a project in Cobham

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Oct 2011 in From the drawing board

I know, I know, I have already showed you a concept design and sketches this week for a garden in Sutton, but I wanted to show you the sketches I put together for a garden in Cobham as it’s a really exciting project and one that has been a little challenging to tie all together. Read more

Ionian Inspiration

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Sep 2011 in Inspiration

I have recently returned from 2 wonderful weeks on the Island of Kefallinia in Greece.  We stayed in a villa in the mountains overlooking the sea and although I feel now that it’s almost becoming a distant memory, I wanted to share with you the pictures I took of some local gardens.  Despite the dry hot weather that generally presents itself from May to end September, some islanders really made an effort. Read more

From the Drawing Board: Concept design and sketches for an interior designer

0 Written by Lisa on 5th Sep 2011 in From the drawing board

I have recently been commissioned by a local interior designer to design the entranceway to their new office.  Their business has just gone through a period of rapid growth and this has resulted in a garage conversion project to provide more office space for their team. 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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