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Why are gardens forgotten in house renovation projects?

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Feb 2016 in Design Tips

Wildflower-meadow-Lisa-Cox

Have you been watching the BBC2 programme The £100k House – Tricks of the Trade?  I love it! It’s so inspiring to see what people do to their homes with modest and sometimes really small budgets. We’re certainly getting some great ideas for our own house.

But what strikes me always with home makeover shows is that the garden is nearly always missed out of the equation.  Even on Grand Designs, where sometimes people are spending close to six figures, the garden gets only a moment’s attention.

Gardens always get battered during house building projects and if an extension is added it often covers up what was the old terrace.  If the garden isn’t considered during the planning stages there very often isn’t any cash left at the end to do anything with the garden.

Back garden Reigate almost finished Lisa Cox Designs

I do realise that designing gardens is what I do and I’m probably a bit more tuned into the potential of an outside space than a lot of people, but it makes no sense to me at all to incorporate a set of bi-fold doors that open onto the garden, only to look out on a tired lawn, maybe a shed and, if you’re really lucky, a trampoline.

The same applies to the front garden too. Wouldn’t it be so much more inspiring and welcoming if the front of the house reflects what you’re planning to do with the house?

Oxshott front garden Lisa Cox Designs

I think one of the challenges with house building projects is that they often end up going over budget. There may have been something in the original pot to do the garden but this gets eaten up with other more pressing things inside the house or by deviating from the original plan.

But even with a small budget, it’s still better to plan ahead of time so that you know what you’re aiming for and then you can do some of the essential messy work up front and perhaps finish things later as funds become available.

Setting Out Drawing Horsley Garden Design

Working with a garden designer, much in the same way as you’d work with an architect, will help you to get the most out of your garden and it will also save you money in the long run.  It will help you to understand how much of your budget you should keep aside for the basic elements at the very least.

Plonking a patio outside the bi-folding doors will give you a solution to the muddy earth outside, but it won’t necessarily mean that it’s the right place for the table and chairs or indeed that it is big enough to allow you to entertain comfortably.  And bearing in mind that the hard landscaping is likely to be the most expensive part of your garden build, it really does make sense to take a step back and ensure that you get it right.

If you’re planning a house renovation project, please please please consider the garden too.  Spending some money on the outside may not seem like a priority but I can absolutely, hand on heart, promise you that it will make a world of difference to your home.

 

My outdoor living article for M&S Bank

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Mar 2014 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Designing your garden for outdoor living article M&S Bank Lisa Cox Designs

I’m excited to show you the finished article I’ve written for M&S Bank which went live on their website this week. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Dec 2012 in From the drawing board

The run up to Christmas is always a bit crazy isn’t it!?  There was a moment last week when I didn’t quite know how I was going to get everything done, but I’m now really looking forward to spending some time with my family at the only time of the year when everyone takes some time out. Read more

Pretty flowers or structure & paving – what floats your boat?

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2012 in Design Tips

If you’re a keen gardener I’d expect you to be tuned in to the plants in your garden.  No doubt you’re out there doing something whevener you get the chance, and I’m sure that you love to watch and nuture your plants as they grow, but what about the basic structure of the garden?  Does the thought of planning the layout of the garden ignite the same passion in you? 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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