Town House, North Yorkshire
What was your project?
The project was for a town garden in North Yorkshire, the house was being completely gutted and the garden was a building site. The house was a 1930s semi, a sense of its age was important but we didn’t like Art Deco, so the inspiration for the layout was taken from a Bauhaus painting (straight lines and interlinking squares).
How long did the project take?
From initial discussions to putting in the final plant took around three years due to working around the ongoing building work. Needed to be sure that the landscaping work wouldn’t impact work on the house and any building work wouldn’t squash the plants.
What was the result?
The terrace was level with the kitchen so that the bi-fold doors opened straight into the garden. Large planters were used instead of putting a balustrade round, lots of herbs for cooking with and grasses wafting in the wind. There were then steps down into the main garden with additional an seating area and long wide borders full of seasonal interest.
What advice would you give someone looking to do a similar project?
Allow more time than you think, I would recommend thinking about changes to your garden at least a year out. This allows plenty of time to discuss and think about the proposed design, after all its much cheaper to make changes on paper than once the contractors are on site. It also means there is time to put the work out to tender, receive the quotes and have the contractors booked in, they often have a longer lead time to be able to start work on your garden than we think.
Camilla Grayley Design