From the drawing board: A new garden for a listed barn near Cardiff

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Nov 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a couple near Cardiff who live in a Grade II list barn near Cardiff.  They’ve lived in the house for years but, having recently renovated the inside, now want to make the garden at the back of the house much more inviting and inspiring.

It’s a challenging site in that it faces north and only gets snippets of sunshine throughout the day.  There’s also a large bank of soil taking up most of the space and because the only access for construction is through the garage, it will make the clearance and construction work a rather labour-intensive procedure.

Added to this is the issue of drainage which currently consists of a slot drain which runs the length of the garden, in the middle, and is directed to a drainage system that runs under the garage.  It works well now so we have to ensure that any new drainage works just as well.

My vision is that the new drainage will be part of the design aesthetic, rather than just a functional element.  There are some lovely decorative covers available so this should be very easy to achieve.

The conceptual design for the new garden is very much inspired by their frequent visits to Italy.  They love the cobbled streets and secret courtyard gardens of Rome and want to bring an element of this to their own garden.

The plot itself is long and thin and it can be tricky with a garden of this shape to make it enticing when you look out from inside.  Because it’s a barn conversion, there are many viewpoints from inside so we decided that dividing the space into a series of “rooms” would help to make it interesting from all angles.

One of the key views is from the hallway as there is a large full height window that is the main focal point when you come through the front door. I’d love for them to feel connected to the garden form the moment they step into the house.

The axonometric sketches hopefully give you a flavour of how the garden will look and feel.  These were based on an earlier version of the conceptual design so some of he detail is different, but the essence of the design hasn’t changed.

Taking away the bank of soil will obviously create a much more usable space, but it will also require quite a significant amount of construction in the form of retaining walls.  We plan to use a mix of render and stone to give the space a bit more light, whilst also linking it back to the age and history of the barn itself.

With any garden it’s so important that each part of it has a reason for being.  But this is even more important in small spaces because, generally speaking, you can see it all in one go.

The water rill will help to connect the areas together whilst also providing interest within each zone.

My aim with this garden is to bring interest to every corner of the garden so that every square inch is utilised.

I’m so looking forward to seeing this built – it’s going to completely transform the garden!


A tour of the quarry at Forest of Dean Stone

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Oct 2017 in Design Tips

A couple of weeks ago I visited the quarry and production plant at Forest of Dean Stone. I organised the trip for the local Society of Garden Designer’s “cluster group” I coordinate and it was well worth the visit. Read more

Wild County Kerry

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Sep 2017 in Inspiration

I’ve just returned from a week in Ireland where we had the most fabulous weather and were properly able to enjoy the amazing rugged landscape. Read more

A Dewy August morning in South Wales

1 Written by Lisa on 11th Sep 2017 in Inspiration

It’s been feeling quite autumnal in South Wales over the past couple of weeks and we’ve had some gorgeous dewy mornings where the light has been catching the water droplets and lighting up the landscape. Read more

From the drawing board – concept design for a new build house

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Aug 2017 in From the drawing board

I have recently been working with a local Monmouthshire client who is in the process of building their own house.  It took them years to find the right plot and to get the house plans all signed off, but now that the build is finally underway, they’re ready to start thinking about the garden. Read more

A visit to Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Aug 2017 in Inspiration

My goodness the time has flown this year and I realised this morning that I still haven’t shared the photos I took at Stockton Bury Gardens back in April this year! Read more

Concept design for a self-builder

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jul 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client, Rhys, near Port Talbot who, having renovated his house, wants to make more of the garden. He plans to build the garden himself, as and when he has the funds to do it, but he had been struggling to formulate a plan. Read more

Wild flowers in the Swiss Alps

0 Written by Lisa on 29th Jun 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

We went to the Swiss Alps last weekend for a few days.  we’ve never been to Switzerland before and my Stepson is living there are the moment so we thought, why not? Read more

Impressions of Bath – learning a new way to take photos

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Jun 2017 in Inspiration

I went on a photography workshop last week with Light and Land in Bath to learn a new way of taking photographs.  We took multiple-exposure shots and also some using a technique called Intentional Camera Movement (ICM) both of which I want to practise more. Read more

From the drawing board: Concept design for a courtyard garden in Cardiff

0 Written by Lisa on 6th Jun 2017 in From the drawing board

I’ve recently been working with a client in Cardiff to help her to transform her little courtyard.  She’s recently moved from a much larger house and garden so wanted some help to fit everything in without it feeling too cluttered. 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.

read more >

Sign up to the Newsletter
Thank you for signing up.
Let me create the Right Garden For you click here >
Find me elsewhere

Websites by Flourish, Guildford, Surrey