This swimming pool garden is part of an ongoing project on the 4-acre site of a Georgian manor house. With the priority being to implement the swimming pool by Spring 2015, the brief was to create a slightly more contemporary space than the rest of the garden, whilst tying it in with the proposed swimming pool house.
Due to the difficult angles, and restricted space available, between the existing tennis court and Yew hedge avenue, the pool is off centre to the pool house. The use of Yew obelisks balances the existing, large box-clipped Hornbeams to the east of the proposed pool. Traditional, soft herbaceous planting is proposed to soften the hard features of the structural planting and paving.
This project consists of a complete redesign of a half-acre garden, with an emphasis on low maintenance. Low structure is created in the garden with the use of Box and Hornbeam hedging, contrasted in areas with Copper Beech hedging. Taller structure is created using clipped Hornbeam trees and pleached limes. To the rear of this view is an apple orchard and meadow with a gym, summerhouse and evening terrace discreetly nestled behind them.
This exciting project includes a completely new landscape design to complement a contemporary new-build house. The design process was made all the more difficult by the fact that the site was heavily wooded and careful consideration had to be taken to ensure that no tree roots were disturbed. With this in mind, all paths and terraces were built on special geo-matting to negate the need to dig down for foundations, as well as allowing rainwater to drain down to the roots.
The outcome of this tricky design includes a large permeable terrace with views along a Hornbeam avenue punctuated by an up-lit feature Japanese Cherry. Also, the Hornbeam hedge, which provides a focal point from the adjacent sitting room was ‘framed’ to match the architecture of the house façade above the sitting room and up lit so as to bring the garden into the house at night.
RALD was commissioned to rework the landscape around a new development of four houses, situated at the end of a 200 metre long rural track. The existing plans drawn up by another design firm had set aside three parking spaces for the two larger properties, with the smaller two properties having to share three spaces between them.
It was also proposed that the two larger properties share a large communal garden. Bearing in mind the projected values of the housing, as well as the fact that they were all intended for professional couples with families, RALD saw it as paramount that all properties had maximised parking space, as well as adequate private gardens.
The finished plans saw that each property had 3 parking spaces as well as adequate garden space proportionate to the house size and value, whilst also retaining a rural feel.