Portfolio: The Corner House

A garden for a professional couple modernising this 30 year old house.

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The Brief

A new garden for a professional couple who were modernising this 30 year old detached house. They wanted a garden where they could utilise the space more effectively, provide some privacy with all round colour and low maintenance.

The Design

We began by taking a very thorough survey of the plot including a number of telegraph poles and a tricky septic tank. We came up with a new design at a 45 degree angle to the house. This meant that we got more out of the rear of the property that was relatively narrow.

We reworked the space so that it flowed better from the house especially the kitchen and conservatory as these were the main access points. We created a new impressive front entrance with raised beds planted with lavender, box balls and a hornbeam stilt hedge. We put in new patios and a space to barbecue.

A number of new trees were included along with new natural willow hurdle fencing and yew hedges around the boundary.

We were sustainable by not needing any skips and the old paving was used to create the base for the new patios. Many of the plants in the garden were transplanted to new areas.

The Details

SizeHouse sits in a corner plot measuring 30m x 30m
AspectFront of house faces South. Shady back garden
Soil7 PH Neutral
Project commencedOctober 2011
Project completedNovember 2012
ContractorCharlie Skelton, Private landscaper did hard landscaping. Plants specified by Sweet P garden design and sourced by client.

The Costs

Design feeMaster Plan £1500. Planting Plan £500 Consulting work £45 per hour
Build costApproximately £30,000 (Hard landscaping £20,000 Planting £10,000)