Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Arts And Crafts Garden Design, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8RQ

Landscape Design Masterplan.

Proposed Terraces In Rear Garden.
Existing Terraces.
Proposed Water Feature At Junction Of Terraces.
Proposed View From Hot-tub Terrace.
Proposed View From Lounge.
Existing View From Lounge.
Proposed "Wildflower" Edges To Lawn.
Existing Lawn.
Proposed Landscape Improvements To Front Garden.
Existing Front Garden.
Architect's Land Survey Plan.
Client's Sketch From Brief.

This large-sized executive house garden near Leatherhead, Surrey was designed during the Summer of 2014.

I received the initial inquiry via. email after the Client found me on Google searching for "Garden Design Using SketchUp".

Due to the logistics of visiting a garden in the countryside near London, it was decided that I would not visit the site but rely on the Client's own photographs/sketches and architect's plans/topography drawings which were done for a proposed extension featuring a "Garden Room".

Prior to commencing my design, the rear garden was mainly laid to lawn with various existing terraces at various levels and included several timber outbuildings. To the front of the property was an existing concrete block paved driveway with a raised planter. The site boundaries were a mixture of beech hedge, brick walls and modern timber fencing.

The Design Brief was as follows: A busy (near retirement age) professional couple wanted a garden to entertain and relax in and they were not keen gardeners but wanted an attractively planted garden that merged in to the surrounding "borrowed landscape" of The Surrey Hills. The garden was to look "designed" but not be "designer".

The main design-feature at the rear was to be a series of large raised terraces of Indian Sandstone paving linked by wide footpaths and ramps in the same material. The main terrace was to be for dining whilst one was to house a future hot-tub and the other acted as a breakfast terrace. In keeping with Edwardian Art's And Crafts style gardens (the property is in this style), the garden was to be designed as a series of "outdoor rooms" divided by high hedges, these also helped give privacy and helped screen off unwanted view's.The Clients also requested several water-features to be incorporated in to the design as well as a place to house a shed for garden storage. The main design challenge in the rear garden was the existing sloping topography which was to be leveled-off in to plateaus by building low brick retaining walls to match the property.

The property is down a quite suburban road of large executive style properties near Leatherhead, Surrey and the front garden features an existing concrete block paved driveway that needs to be extended to cater for at least one more vehicle and the general landscaping upgrading to allow for the future proposed side extension to the property.

This design has just recently been completed and has been handed over to the Clients and their builders. The building re-modeling works are still to commence on site and It is envisioned that implementation of the garden design landscaping will be "phased" starting on-site sometime in 2015.

Location: Leatherhead, Surrey.
Client: Private.
Garden Designer: David Beasley.