Contemporary Garden, Manchester 1

Contemporary Garden, Manchester

The challenge with this Manchester garden, were the levels. The before and after photograph shows how dramatic this was! This couple with a young family needed to link the house and upper terrace to the large garden (with lawn and kid’s play area) in a stylish way. The scheme had to be contemporary using decking, rendered walls and sleek natural sandstone paving. The idea of a circular desk evolved fairly quickly in the design process. The clients had seen one of our earlier ones and this dictated the use of a curved, almost Art Deco, rendered wall . The deck extended through four steps, still respecting the tapered look of the deck itself. Each of the 250 pieces of yellow…

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A Pennine Garden 1

A Pennine Garden

Sitting high in the Pennine hills this garden has stunning views of the Village church and views beyond. The scheme is centered around a large circular dining area, which was designed as the focal point within the scheme. Whilst not strictly contemporary, it has a strong sense of geometry with the curved lines of the deck meeting the straight lines of the wall. Traditional, local stone has been used with reclaimed Yorkstone flags contrasting well with the smooth hardwood decking. Low box hedging has been used to accentuate the main shapes, and the upper lawn area provides for a perfect kid’s picnic area. The mature tree and dramatic views over the valley make for a stunning garden experience.

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Contemporary Family Garden, Liverpool 1

Contemporary Family Garden, Liverpool

This garden space was to be used primarily for family meals and gatherings, yet in a stylish setting. The garden was originally a tired piece of old lawn (see before image) and the big challenge? There was no access to either side of the house of materials in and out! We got around this problem with putting sheets down in the house everyday…and by have incredibly patient client’s! The rendered walls give a light, meditteranean feel to the garden and the soft red of the walling sets off the pale colour of the walls. The shed (OK let’s call it a summerhouse) had to stay for a variety of reasons, but was painted a modern dark grey colour to help…

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Minimalist Garden, Lancashire 1

Minimalist Garden, Lancashire

The motto of these client’s was definatly “Less is More”! The topography of the existing garden was challenging in that there was a steep grassy bank at the back which had to be retained. It was decided to create a long still canal on the lower level and two symmetrical rills through which water flowed and cascaded over the stainless steel waterblades at the back of the garden. The lower canal created a barrier between the large limestone terrace and the rest of the garden….except for the charcoal grey stepping stones connecting to the steps. The only new planting in the garden were the 6 large split box balls (buxos sempervirens). The other two images show the incredible tranquility at…

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Elemental Garden, Liverpool 1

Elemental Garden, Liverpool

This quite large garden space was originally just a large fat lawn area…it was a blank canvas crying out for a major makeover! The clients were very keen on the idea of a large, informal,wildlife pond….and we added in this timber sleeper walkway which forms a perfect serpentine ’S’ shape as it winds it’s way through the garden linking house with summerhouse. The concept was to be as sustainable as possible and we managed to use almost no concrete in this construction. Just basic, natural materials : stone, wood, water, plants. The large stone slabs are boulder offcuts and create a definite ‘Zen’ effect and are used here to create a simple seating area. The banks of the pond have…

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