Posts Tagged ‘Garden plans’

Working with curves

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Jan 2017 in Design Tips

I’ve been drawing the design for a large garden in Hurley this week and it involved rather a huge chunk of time working out where all the radius points of my free-hand curves were.

You may ask why I need to spend time doing that, but without knowing the exact location, the landscaper won’t have a hope of being able to set out the design on the ground.

Curves can be tricky beasts to work with, but in large informal gardens you wouldn’t really imagine anything different so it’s really helpful to know some of the rules before you get started.

When I’m starting any design I lay a piece of tracing paper over the survey. This allows me to get a real sense of the space and how the garden connects to the house and the areas immediately surrounding it.

There’s something about the connection between brain, hand, pencil and paper that really allows you to get a sense of the space and the way it flows so if I ever get around to moving over to using CAD, I’ll always go through this process first.

When I work with curves I move the pencil a lot, creating arcs that feel right within the boundaries of the garden.  It’s always easier to use them in large gardens because they have the space to breathe.  In smaller gardens it can often be tricky sometimes to keep them comfortably within the confines of the space.  Somehow they just don’t feel as comfortable to work with.

When you design a garden you have to trust the paper.  If it feels right on paper, it will feel right on the ground, but remember that you won’t be looking at your garden from above so the perspective of a curve may feel very different when you’re looking at it head on.

A true circle on plan for example will look elliptical as you stand and look at it so you may have to adjust the shapes in order for it to look how you intended it to from a three dimensional point of view.

Circles and squares can be tricky to marry up too, often better kept separate and linked in an elegant way.  The most important thing in this situation is to ensure that any linking spaces run into the radius point of the curve.  This will ensure that the connection is comfortable and balanced and you won’t be left with any awkward angles in the adjacent planting beds.

From the drawing board: Concept design for a large family garden in Hurley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Nov 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a family in Hurley who are keen to make more of their large garden.  Although it’s relatively flat, it’s a little tricky because the house is positioned over to one side of the plot and is at an awkward angle. Read more

From the drawing board: The finished garden in Hammersmith

1 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2016 in From the drawing board

Built-in BBQ Hammersmith Garden Lisa Cox Designs

I was up in London last week planting a garden in Hammersmith.  This small garden was part of a house renovation project of which the inside of the house isn’t quite finished, but the garden is now a fully functional room and now that they’ve moved back in, I hope will give them a space where they can escape from the chaos inside. Read more

From the drawing board: Chiswick garden 6 months on

2 Written by Lisa on 9th Jun 2016 in From the drawing board

Chiswick Garden 6 months on from planting Lisa Cox Designs

It’s 6 months since I planted my project in Chiswick so when I was up in London for the RHS Chelsea Flower show I popped over to see how it’s doing. Read more

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. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design & sketches for a garden in Elstree

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Sep 2015 in From the drawing board

Concept Design Elstree Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I have recently been working with a couple in Elstree in Hertfordshire who are trying to make more of their garden and wanted some help to get started. Read more

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: Concept design & sketches for client in Epsom Downs

2 Written by Lisa on 19th Sep 2014 in From the drawing board

Potager garden concept sketch Epsom Lisa Cox Designs

I’ve recently been working with a client in Epsom Downs who wanted to design a potager area at the bottom of the garden to accommodate her new greenhouse, existing summerhouse and also to create an attractive space where they can sit and take in the evening sunshine. Read more

Plans for small gardens – circles can be tricky beasts

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Aug 2014 in Design Tips

Cobble paving by Maggie Howarth at Gresgarth Hall

Small gardens are often more challenging to design because generally people want to fit in the same list of things they’d want if their garden was half an acre. 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

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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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