Small Family Garden with Cobble Decor - Driveways & Paving
Category: Driveways, Patio, Paving & Walls
Garden Design Project: DWSMPG001
The design brief was a total transformation from a boring rectangular plot adjacent to the driveways to a garden with different rooms to work for a young family.
This colour axonometric projection shows the clients their new garden in 3D giving them a sense of depth and proportion of individual elements within the garden.
This preview using Vectorworks Landmark design software gives the clients confidence and reassurance.
As you can see from this image there was nothing in the garden of any interest, so you naturally look to the boundary fence which gives an impression of the garden being smaller that it actually is.
Looking from the boundary fence up towards the house there is nothing of any interest to keep you in the garden.
This shows the existing raised patio paving area before construction commenced.
Part of the design brief was to keep this area as a raised patio.
Below, the circular lawn gives a sense of more space because the human eye will look to the centre of the circle and then look outwards thus giving the impression of more space.
The lawns are bordered with a Cobble mowing strip which gives them crisp clean lines and eliminates the need of edging the lawn every time it is cut.
These cobbles run throughout the design to create continuity. The timber screen breaks the sight line to prevent the eye from looking straight to the bottom of the garden.
The paving units in the patio are laid at a 45 degree angle to create more interest with
the cobble border theme is run around the outer.
Four of the paving units have been left out and finished with Cobble decor. A recessed manhole lid has been used so that Paving units can be laid within, to disguise an otherwise unsightly cast iron lid.
Looking back up the garden towards the house, the planting on this side of the timber screen will grow to soften the hard lines and will emphasise the feeling of being in a different part (room) of the garden.
The three trees, which have been planted in root restricting bags to keep their growth in check, will also highlight going from one part of the garden to the next.
The curved path coming from the gate to the rear garage door and triangular pergola area again is Cobble bordered with Paving units left out and in filled with cobbles, keeping the theme running throughout the garden.
A common mistake is to put the children's play area out of the way of the main seating area where undoubtedly when the children are playing they will want the adults to come to watch and take part.
A family garden is just that; 'a family garden' keep the children close to the main seating area where the adults can sit comfortably and interact with the children.
The additional purpose of the timber screen is that a ball can be kicked within this area without causing damage to the planting behind the screen.
A similar timber screen was erected between the Driveways and garden.
At the bottom of the garden there is a triangular arbour and patio area with the same Cobble border and in fill theme, this is a sunny site and creates a more intimate seating area.
A small pebble pool water feature has been installed to provide the relaxing sight and sound of water. Scented climbing plants have been used to give an added dimension to this intimate area of the garden.
Submitted By: Michael Palmer