Posts Tagged ‘Landscaping’

From the drawing board: Concept sketches for a garden in Woking

4 Written by Lisa on 5th Mar 2014 in From the drawing board

I have recently started working with a client in Woking who have recently turned an old guesthouse back into a home.  As part of the building project, they carried out some work in the garden but have since realised that it doesn’t feel right and they need help to bring it to life.

Concept sketch The Dutch back garden copy

Back garden Woking before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

It’s not uncommon for people to attempt to design the garden themselves, especially if they’ve just spent a lot of money on building works.  In this case they’ve already spent money in the garden too.  The paving was installed by the builder so instead of taking it out and starting again we will instead make some tweaks and changes to the layout which will give the garden more balance.

Concept sketch terrace area at The Dutch copy

Woking garden before makeover Lisa Cox Designs

Although it’s a large garden the plot is small in comparison to the size of the house.  When you’re viewing it from inside, space feels tight so I want to try and give the garden more depth when it’s seen in this way.

Dividing the space up will give the illusion that it is deeper, especially with the creation of flowerbeds between the pathways and lawn areas.  The planting doesn’t need to be big and bulky, but it will break up the view and give the illusion of more space.

Concept Sketch of back garden The Dutch copy

Garden before redesign Woking Lisa Cox Designs

As the kitchen and main living area is at the back of the house, this part of the garden is most crucial and must look great all year round.

Concept design side lawn at The Dutch copy

Garden in Woking before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

The larger space at the side of the house will give the children lots of space to play. The layout doesn’t need to be complicated, sometimes a large area of lawn works perfectly.  You’ll notice that I have separated the driveway from this part of the garden with planting – it’s so important that it doesn’t feel like an extension of a car park.

Concept sketch front garden The Dutch

Woking garden before redesign Lisa Cox Designs

I’m now working on the rest of the drawings, planting plan and scope of works and the build phase is scheduled to start in early May.

Although it’s easier to work with a blank canvass, it is possible to elevate a garden with some basic changes to the layout and structure and I’m looking forward to working with my clients throughout the rest of the process to take their garden to the next level.

Soil is soil….isn’t it?

0 Written by Lisa on 23rd Nov 2012 in Design Tips

I went to the Futurescape exhibition at Kempton Park racecourse earlier this week.  It was a show for the landscape and horticultural industries and as well as looking around the trade stands I also attended a couple of the seminars. Read more

Great design is all about the detail

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Sep 2012 in Design Tips, From the drawing board

I spent a day last week putting together the Scope of Works and construction details for my project in Horsley so that I could present the final drawings to my client and also send everything off to the landscaper who is now putting together a full quotation for the build. Read more

Who needs access? Great gardens are possible wherever you live!

0 Written by Lisa on 19th Jan 2012 in Design Tips

You may remember that the hard landscaping elements were completed for my project in Sutton just before Christmas.  When I first went to see my clients one of the biggest challenges that faced us was the fact that they live in a mid-terrace property and the only access to the garden is through the house.  Of course this is a challenge, and it can impact the build costs, but it certainly doesn’t prevent the possibility of creating a gorgeous garden! Read more

Sutton garden under construction week 3

0 Written by Lisa on 1st Dec 2011 in From the drawing board

I made a site visit to my project in Sutton yesterday and it’s really starting to take shape now… Read more

Project Feature in the new Pro Landscaper Magazine

2 Written by Lisa on 12th Sep 2011 in From the drawing board

This month saw the launch of a new industry magazine called Pro Landscaper and I am very excited to tell you that one of my projects is featured in the very first copy! Read more

Builder vs. Landscaper are they really that different?

4 Written by Lisa on 24th Aug 2011 in Design Tips

We garden designers often have to be flexible beasts to meet our clients expectations.  When it comes to the construction phase of a garden project some clients have a person or company in mind that they would like to use to build the garden for them.  More often than not, this will be the builder who did an excellent job with their house extension project and has worked for them on and off for years. 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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