As you can imagine, we are enormously proud of the projects we have undertaken and the people we have worked with. Here is a taste of some ‘inspired outdoor design’ projects delivered to our clients. We would love yours to be one of them.
Taking the plunge
John and Ann dreamt of a garden reminiscent of their own outdoor experiences back home in New Zealand. A special place where John can plunge into natural water, Ann can escape into nature and their children can relax and have fun in.
The result was a spacious paved area with curvaceous raised beds meeting a large lawn area above. A seating area tucked into the bank and deep plunge pool with a set of five ‘Flowform’ sculptures creating rhythmically moving water.
Materials included Yorkstone paving from Yorkshire, slate walling from Cornwall, water sculptures from Gloucestershire and rockery stone sourced locally just outside Forest Row. Finishing touches include fully controllable low energy LED Hunza lighting from New Zealand, rainwater harvesting and a fully automated irrigation system.
Andy and Amanda dreamt of having a low maintenance garden where they can relax, entertain family and friends, as well as enjoy a luscious lawn given that previous ones had suffered from poor drainage. The garden also needed to be wheelchair friendly and in-keeping with their clean modern dining room and kitchen space which looked onto the garden. The materials used needed to be hard-wearing and easily maintained.
Inspired by a well presented outdoor furniture display they saw in a nearby garden centre, the answer was Italian porcelain tiles to create large patio areas and access pathway. The lawn also had a network of underground land drainage fitted.
The soil came up from Dorset and the turf came down from Yorkshire. Nice touches included matching the layout of the outdoor tiles to those inside, bespoke cutting of the dark grey tile edging, plus finishing off the boarders with Italian Rose gravel and anthracite grey powder-coated metal lawn edging.
pizza & pit
Gary dreamt of cooking outdoors on something other than his gas barbecue. After a day in the lab, he wanted nothing more than to be outdoors, rustling up some exciting meal for family and friends whilst they got cosy around a fire.
Living in nature was important to both Gary and wife Pippa. Inspiration was gathered from several sources including the lay of the land, stone used on the cottage and many pizza oven displays we looked at. The result was a pizza oven built into a wall which follows the contours of the sloping garden. A communal seating area for family and friends together with a simple stone surround pit for the Kadai fire bowl.
Finishing touches include Pippa’s idea of randomly capping the wall with stone from their fallen down garden wall. The pizza oven was built from a kit with storage below for wood and cooking utensils. The oven was also rendered to match the wall surround and a new low natural stone wall was built onto an adjoining patio to provide additional communal seating for their large table.