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From the drawing board: The finished Weybridge garden

0 Written by Lisa on 2nd Nov 2015 in From the drawing board

Back garden Weybridge Lisa Cox Designs

I have been working with my client in Weybridge for almost two years now and I’m delighted to be able to share some images of the finished garden which has been a long time in the making.

After a very long year and some very challenging builders who were working on the house extension, the garden is finally finished.  Originally the extension you see here was going to come out into the garden more, roughly to the end of the adjacent paving, but we’ve all agreed that the resulting smaller extension has made for a much larger garden with a light and airy feel to it.

Here’s a reminder of how the garden used to look…

Back garden Weybridge before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

As you can see in the image above, there was an old garage that took up a huge amount of the garden.  When you looked out of the house the garden felt tiny and cramped and the main focal point was the side of the garage, which wasn’t very pretty.

Back garden before redesign Weybridge Lisa Cox Designs

The side area was pretty much unused although this side of the house gets the sun for most of the day. And the area outside the old French doors felt cramped and somehow prevented a link between each of the lawn areas.

Weybridge garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

One of the main criteria for the brief was to bring more light and warmth to the garden.  The view below is taken with a wide angle lens to try and show you how much more open the garden is now.

Finished garden in Weybridge Lisa Cox DesignsView across main terrace in Weybridge garden Lisa Cox Designs

Although the garden is still divided into three areas, it no longer feels like three separate gardens. When the planting fills out each area will be defined more, but the idea is that there’ll always be a huge amount of light and it will always feel airy.

Main terrace Weybridge Lisa Cox Garden Designs Tall planters and box balls Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We re-used some of the plants on site and have everything crossed that the Trachycarpus survives the move.  It was a tough beast to get out of the ground but it used to be next to the house wall and it blocked out a huge amount of light coming into the house.

It was the perfect plant for the newly created corner too!

Weybridge garden after construction Lisa Cox Designs

The three olive trees provide a focal point from the kitchen and new bi-folding doors out onto the garden.  The wall behind is the old garage wall, but it’s cleaned up really well.

Weybridge garden after planting Lisa Cox Designs

Eventually you won’t be able to see all the lighting boxes etc on the wall as they’ll be hidden by the planting.

Olive trees as focal point in Weybridge garden Lisa Cox Designs Olive trees and planters in Weybridge garden Lisa Cox Designs

All that remains now is to make a final choice and order the furniture.  Then we need to the clock to tick so that the plants can come to life – gardens always look a bit two-dimensional when they’re just planted.

Main terrace Lisa Cox Garden Designs Finished garden Weybridge Lisa Cox Garden Designs Finished garden Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I’m really looking forward to seeing this garden next summer when the perennials come to life.  Lots of oranges and deep purples to bring some warmth.

The front has been finished too.  To keep the build costs down, this was tweaked rather than completely redesigned, but the new structure and layout means that the front is more inviting and attractive and the car that was parked in the garage is now tucked away at the side of the house where the trampoline used to live (it used to be part of the back garden).

Front garden after redesign Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Front garden before redesign

The driveway is edged with setts and we’ve replaced the lawn area with planting which is predominantly evergreen so that it looks great all year round.  Box balls and lavender will frame the front of the house – it will look a picture next summer!

 

 

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a large family garden

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2015 in From the drawing board

Concept Design for large family garden Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a family back in Surrey – I first saw them last summer but they weren’t quite ready and so it wasn’t until a few months ago that their plans to transform the garden got under way. Read more

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 – An update

0 Written by Lisa on 9th Mar 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks.  I haven’t been around much as we were in France for a few days (internet is always hopeless there!) and I’ve also been out and about sorting things out for my show garden with Victoria Park Mazda at Cardiff in April.  So hope you haven’t been having withdrawal symptoms…I’m sure you got by! Read more

The big Reveal…my design for RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015

6 Written by Lisa on 19th Feb 2015 in From the drawing board

RHS Cardiff Flower Show 2015 - Victoria Park Mazda A Front Garden by Lisa Cox Designs

I’m very excited to be able to share with you the plans for my show garden at RHS Cardiff this year. I’ve been alluding to it for some time so it’s great to finally be able to show you the design and tell you more about it. Read more

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

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: 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: Oxshott garden one year on…

2 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: Concept design & sketches for a client in Reigate

0 Written by Lisa on 10th Apr 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept Sketch back garden Reigate Lisa Cox Designs

I have been working with my client in Reigate for just over a year now as they are currently living in Egypt and aren’t planning to move over until the end of this year. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a client in East Horsley

0 Written by Lisa on 1st Apr 2014 in From the drawing board

Concept Plan East Horsley Lisa Cox Garden Design

I have recently started working with a new client in East Horsley.  She brought the house at the end of last year and work is about to start to renovate it. 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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