construction details and garden building
The devil is in the details! Everything is planned ahead to reduce waste and expenses.
A garden designer will add to the enjoyment of your outdoor space, creating areas that are pleasant to live in, with plants that are suitable for the location. The garden is a built enviroment that extends from the house into the wider landscape. It is important to link it to the architecture of the house, with a ground plan tied to the house's features, and with sympathetic use of materials and styles. Near the house the garden is an outdoor living room and it should have a strong design backbone, with well planned hard landscaping. The smaller the garden, the more important paving details are. The ground pattern will be seen year-round, often from height, and is the carpet and structure to your out-door room. Proper lighting can make the garden more welcoming, and turn trees or sculptural elements into focal points. Wiring should be considered at the plannning stage and can be included in the plans.
Once a sketch plan has been discussed with the client, and a clearer idea of budget and aims has begun to form, it is possible to fine tune elements of the original proposal. For instance, the herb and vegetable garden to the right of the house, suggested in the sketch plan above, is developed into a formal potager here below.
In this instance an axonometric drawing conveys the third dimension better than a ground plan, and helps to illustrate the proposal. The shady arbour, seating area and hedging start to take shape, adding to the confortable enclosure of this section of the garden.
Hard landscaping will cost considerably more than plants, but proper planning should keep expenses in check reducing the amount of man-hours necessary. Extra labour can dig into eat your budget, so it is important to figure out all the details beforehand, to reduce cutting on site and minimize waste. In a small neglected garden it's often best to start from scratch, removing worn out plants and weedy soil. It's easier and more economical for equipment to move around, and fresh soils can be brought in for planting after the site has been cleared.
It's true, paving and paths seem to dominate the garden at first glance. Do they need to be that large? Yes! You don't want to trip and spill your drink on the way over to your shady seat at the end of the garden!
Everything in a garden is scaled up, to allow for plant growth, and for safe comfortable walking. In a few seasons from planting, the garden has filled out, plants spill over the edges of the path, and everything looks softer and proportionate.