The existing former farm yard was paved in tarmac and totally featureless.
There was a pronounced slope towards the house and water collected at the base of the wall. This was a problem and even more significant as the back door is main entrance to property.
The brief was to create a cottage style Cotswold garden from scratch. The
owners were interested in plants, but needed low maintenance. They made a specific request for water to be included as a formal focal point, to provide some movement and disguise road noise.
Following early discussions the specific Cotswold style became more formal rather than a more informal cottage style and suggested a symmetrical layout.
The new garden needed containment, but the garden should be part of the
wider garden. A less dramatic transformation was given to the front garden which bordered an agricultural field.
Flat ground was needed on an unevenly sloping site, but access needed to be maintained at existing levels surrounding the garden. This meant that the garden
would be sunken in parts, but flush with existing levels in other places. Retaining wall details, steps, rose arches and paths had to be designed individually. The formal path layout developed with large paved area for dining.
Garden layout became focused around displaying plants with borders along paths and in front of terrace. The pool and climbing plants are lit at night. We also spent time ensuring that views into and out of the garden through archways entrances/exits were exciting and drew you into the space.