This project combined all the most challenging elements of a job: steep ground, heavy clay soil, lack of access and prolonged periods of rain.
Despite this we were able to create the terrace walls, improve the drainage and define usable areas.
The top section complements the contemporary build of the house, while the lower levels introduce a more traditional feel with the stone work and edged, mixed borders.
Steep and challenging garden
Without changing the layout of the garden dramatically, this project introduced an additional level to create an enclosed seating area, surrounded by planted borders and trellis.
The paving was replaced and extended, and the garden closed off by a gate and a high fence ensuring privacy in this busy city location.
Tiered city garden
Exposed country garden
Town garden renovation
This old town garden required a complete makeover, refreshing the lawn, building up the borders and renovating the driveway.
Granite setts were used to define the areas and give a distinctive look to the curving lines, whilst boulders provided some structure & interest to the raised beds.
Garden to driveway
This integrated design utilises timber-topped gabion walls, faced in stone to complement detailing on the house.
Plants have been carefully chosen to suit this exposed and windy site.
It also has a playpark for the children incorporating slide, ground-level trampoline, bike track, playhouse and swings.
Terraced garden and playpark
The aim on this project was to convert an area of lawn to driveway and introduce eye-catching features to soften the expanse of gravel.
Soil was stripped off to build up the borders and hardcore laid as a base for the gravel driveway.
A small oval of lawn was retained to give a colour contrast alongside the shrubs and perennials.
To create this effect, boulder retaining walls and earthbanks were constructed before pouring concrete for the bench seating. Hardwood timber was used to give a quality feel. The whole area was paved in slabs to match the paving around the house and a glass & steel screen was installed to complete the contemporary feel. Plants were added to the surrounding beds to enhance the feel of cosy seclusion away from the house.
Enclosed patio and firepit
This large, open and windswept garden overlooking the firth required a focal point and some shelter for the mixed borders. Reclaimed sandstone formed the tapered walls and an oval of slate paving merged with the existing concrete pavers.
Stone and trellis
This garden was tired, fussy,
and did not complement the new house extension. By building a stone terrace, two clearly usable areas were created which maximised the available space and ensured easy ongoing maintenance. The high trellis panels offer privacy & retain a modern feel.
Deck and walling
The challenge here was to create a usable space in this confined, inaccessible back garden. While logistically difficult, the excavating
of new levels, the wall and the steps produced three distinct levels: paving, deck and gravel, with direct access via the flight of stone steps.
The bottom of this garden terminated in an unfriendly, dock-ridden slope. Visual interest was added by building a dividing dry-stone wall and the resulting terrace was then back-filled with soil, ready for planting.
In this project the client wanted to complement the cottage extension with a complete renovation of the surrounding garden.
The project was a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary, resulting in mixed borders bounded by the clean lines of Achilty stone.
Reclaimed Caithness slate was used for the front & rear paving.