The Need for Privacy

Traditional

A sheltered space

This modern farmhouse near Colchester had been built centrally to the plot of land and the 'garden' was primarily lawn and a few trees but lacked structure and flow.

Surrounding farmland meant the site was extremely windy despite the large conifer hedges on all sides (as a hedge will only reduce the impact of wind by no more than double its height and less if there's an incline).

The clients typically used the rear entrance due to the access to the garage. This entrance led into the kitchen so views from here were particularly important.

However, the house has clear views of the garden and surrounding fields in all directions including views of the neighbours' barns to the south. The open nature of the entrance gate also meant the clients felt exposed when on their patio area. The hard landscaping (patio, pathways and drive) was to remain as is.

There was a level change of approximately 1000mm from the gate (top left) to the vegetable garden (lower right), although this was gradual. We decided to level the 'front' area of the garden and created steps to counter this on one side but used a hedge to counter the height difference on the other.

Key Features:

  • Pizza oven
  • Raised relaxation area
  • Vegetable Garden
  • Curve based design
  • Copse

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Full Service Garden Design and fulfilment

For an end to end service, our garden design and project oversight options deliver a clear step by step plan and then co-ordination of the garden build.

Planting Plans

Our planting plans can be selected as a stand alone design service. We still put you at the centre of the design but work within the predefined borders to refresh the garden.

Planning Application

We are experienced in liaising with local authorities and delivering the details and specifications required. This service can be used either in conjunction with our design services or as a stand alone feature as required.

Commercial Garden Design

We know that time and value are key when it comes to commercial projects. That's why we focus on short lead times and value add when working with developers to increase saleability and kerb appeal.
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