Landscaping Brief: Redesign the front garden to create a modern space with lots of dimension that could still be used as a driveway.
Project Summary: The whole driveway area was completely broken out and removed from site and replaced with purbeck block paving in a Herringbone pattern. There were natural curvatures of the ground that meant the drive sloped gently upwards. The look of this was minimised by the strong geometry of the lines used in the borders and the crisp white against the mixed stone. The raised planting beds in white stone are striking whilst also being actually slender in size so as not to take away the space that makes this driveway functional. The raised height helps make an impact so the focus was on building waist height walls instead of encroaching on the drive space.
Within the planting beds, we used a mixture of stones and textures contrast with the existing paving. The use of taller bushes such as bay adds in interest without the maintenance of a hedge. The plants used included dashes of yellow wildflowers and lavender to give a natural finish against the modern colours and textures of the raised bed. Slat fencing allows privacy whilst still giving the driveway an open feel.
Landscaping Brief: The brief was to re-design the large rear garden which was looking tired and in need of some modernisation, with low maintenance in mind. It was also key to have a great place to sit and relax, ideally with a Mediterranean feel.
Project Summary: Creating a social environment was the core aim of the project, and the Mediterranean feel led to an easy design spec, with lots of bold white, splashes of orange and modern takes on the classic features such as the fire pit.
We started by creating a new large flush balau deck around the house which provides the perfect relaxing space, and to the side we created more structured edges with the rendered white brick to perfectly compliment a focal point of a fire pit complete with minimalist beech benches, the perfect place to spend a long summer evening.
This was finished with Rattan furniture on the deck that was sourced locally.
Specially designed planters around the large open sofas provided an enclosed entertaining space required by a family and these were created to be slightly higher than eye level when sitting to create a cornered off haven and wind protection. The plants were chosen carefully, with low-maintenance succulents, bushes and hedges used to make up the bulk of the garden, with dashes of orange add to the Mediterranean feel of the redesign. The white however is still the dominant colour and creates a border area between the entertaining space and the rest of the linear garden.
Paving steps were laid out in a modern design to lead the foot forward and create an even greater sense of length.
Thanks again for all your help - we’re really happy with the work you’ve done, have a great holiday and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year regarding the lighting.