From the drawing board

From the drawing board: Epsom garden finished

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I went back to see my Epsom project last week which, apart from the new shed, is all finished.

This project has been interesting and challenging from many aspects but predominantly because most of the trees on and around the site are covered by a Tree Preservation Order (TPO) which restricted our methods of construction and also the scope of the design to some extent.

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But, by working with a brilliant landscaper (Scott Hadley) and an Aroboricultural expert (Jon Harper) the resulting garden has worked out brilliantly and it’s now a usable and inspiring space for the whole family.

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One of the good parts of being a garden designer is that each project throws up something different that needs research, I’m always learning.  The terrace for this garden has actually been built on a floating foundation so that the roots of the trees are protected from compaction.

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The original terrace was set at a much higher level but after thorough investigation, we established that it was actually made-up ground (with all sorts of horrible building rubble) and this allowed us to reduce the height of the new terrace without impacting the trees.

Making sense of the levels was key to creating a garden that felt balanced and structured, whilst still allowing a reasonably sized lawn for the children.

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The ground levels around the trees obviously needed to be respected but to make the area at the bottom of the garden more usable, we sourced a rubber mulch material which can be laid over root protection ground on a membrane, without the need for a sub-base.  This is a flexible and permeable material and the space at the bottom of the garden is now a play area for the children.

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The challenge of pine trees is that they drop their needles constantly so we needed a material that would be easy to keep clean and allow the children to play without walking mud back into the house.

Here are a couple of pictures of the original garden, just to give you a true sense of how much better it is now.

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Now the plants need some time to fill out, but already they’re settling in and these photographs were taken 4 weeks after completion.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like at this time next year, and in the spring when all the bulbs appear.

 

From the drawing board: Courtyard garden in Reigate 1 year on

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Oct 2016 in From the drawing board

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I was up in Surrey and London earlier this week and I managed to get over to Reigate to see the courtyard garden that was finished and planted up last May.  It’s looking really fabulous after such a short space of time. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a garden in Cheshire

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Sep 2016 in From the drawing board

Concept design Cheshire garden Lisa Cox

You may remember that I have recently been working with a client in Cheshire.  They have a large garden, surrounded by open countryside with far-reaching views across the landscape, towards North Wales. Read more

From the drawing board: Woking garden 2 years on

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

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Last week I showed you some pictures from my project in Weybridge which was planted in the autumn last year but today I want to share some photos of the Woking garden I redesigned with my clients 2 years ago. Read more

From the drawing board: My Weybridge project 9 months on

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Jul 2016 in From the drawing board

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Whilst I was visiting RHS Hampton Court Flower Show a couple of weeks ago, I spent a bit of time going back to see some of the gardens that were planted up over the last couple of years. 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: Concept design & sketches for a Monmouth town house

4 Written by Lisa on 31st Mar 2016 in From the drawing board

Garden Concept Design Monmouth town house Lisa Cox

I’ve recently been working with a client in Monmouth to help them to redesign the garden for their Georgian town house. Read more

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

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Mar 2016 in From the drawing board

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I’ve recently been working with a client in Milan who wanted some help to transform her small and tricky courtyard garden.  To add to the challenges of the site, she lives in a conservation area and this means that she’s not allowed to construct anything that will involve excavation or concrete. Read more

Happy Christmas!

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Dec 2015 in From the drawing board

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This time next week most of us will be getting ready to sit down to a big feast.  I still feel as though there’s lots to get ready, but it’s all creative stuff including making a garland and doing some more baking, so not such a hardship. 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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