Posts Tagged ‘Garden lighting’

Front garden design tips: Considering security

0 Written by Lisa on 31st Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Normally front gardens are easily accessible to others so there are a few considerations you should take into account when you’re planning your front garden.

Privacy vs security can be tricky to get right as you don’t really want people looking through the window when they walk past, but large shrubs can not only block out the light, but also provide dark corners.

If you live on a road with good street lighting then this may be enough to light the front of your house after dark, but you may wish to consider some functional lighting on the front of the house that gives you peace of mind when you come home.

Front garden Wandsworth by Lisa Cox Designs

Movement sensor lights can be useful but they need to be positioned correctly otherwise they’ll drive your neighbours nuts.  One of the houses at the end of our garden has a sensor light in the back garden.  It comes on during the night sometimes and lights up our whole bedroom!

If you’re prepared to pay for something a bit more sophisticated then you could have a timer which is set to turn the outside lights on when it gets dark. Something to consider if you feel at all vulnerable.

If you have side access to the back of the house then think about securing the gate.  A simple bolt may not be enough to deter unwanted visitors as often these can be reached by leaning over the top of the gate.

The other consideration is garden furniture and by this I mean anything that is placed in the garden that can easily be removed.  An urn or piece of sculpture could be what’s needed to lift the design so the last thing you want to be worrying about is it disappearing in the night.

Antique cretan urns at pots & pithoi

As I mentioned in an earlier blog post we have a bench in the front garden which, because it’s stone, weighs an absolute tonne.  You need at least two people to lift the top and even then it’s a struggle so I don’t think anyone would be able to run off with it very quickly.  We also live in a quiet cul-de-sac so the only passers-by are our neighbours and any visitors.

I guess what I’m saying is think about how something might be secured if you’re worried it may get stolen.  A terracotta urn, for example, could be fixed through the base into the ground.

I hope I haven’t made you worry too much!?  It certainly wasn’t my intention to do that, but I think security is important and it’s also vital that you feel safe when you arrive home.


(Images: Lisa Cox)

Why not phase the installation of your garden lighting?

0 Written by Lisa on 13th Jan 2014 in Design Tips

Walled garden in Berkshire - Lighting by Ornamental Garden Lighting

Lighting in the garden takes on various functions including lighting a pathway, improving security and creating a mood or aesthetic that enhances your garden at night. Read more

Let there be light! Introducing Ornamental Garden Lighting

0 Written by Lisa on 24th Aug 2012 in Design Tips

If you think about your garden as an extra room it will change the way you use it.  Most people, especially those in the UK, only really spend time in the garden when the weather lends itself to al fresco living but a well designed lighting scheme can transform your garden, making it feel part of your living space whether you’re out in it or not. Read more

Planting Design for a London Town House

0 Written by Lisa on 28th Oct 2011 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

A while ago I shared the new terrace design for a London Town House.  The house building project is almost finished and the construction of the terrace is due to start next week so I thought I’d share the planting design with 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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