I have a project where builders are currently doing major work to the house, and where the groundworker is also doing the work for the landscape eg levels, wall foundations. The site is heavy clay…Continue
Hi allI have a client who is looking for a very precise look to the external paving, so that it looks as close as possible to the interior stone floors which will be honed stone with minimal joints.…Continue
I’ve been working on a construction detail for a deck and steps made out of Millboard, with a Plas Pro recycled plastic sub-structure, for a client whose brief has steered me towards a product which will weather predictably, be long lasting and resistant to mildew, algae etc. I use SketchUp for my designing…Continue
I just rewatched a brilliant you tube video on Creativity by John Cleese, worth watching in its entirety at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VShmtsLhkQg. He explains how creativity can only occur when we are in the ‘open’ mode of operation, a state that is playful, relaxed, expansive, not purposeful; and says there are five pre-requisites for creativity to take place: Space, Time, Time, Self Confidence, and Humour. Yes, Time is meant to…Continue
There is much debate in the garden design world about computer aided design (CAD) versus hand drawn, and personally I think both have their merits. I use Sketchup to create virtual reality 3D models which allow me to really understand the levels, volumes and spaces of a garden, meaning that my designs are thoroughly thought through, and there are no surprises when the scheme is built.
But recently I reverted to drawing up a masterplan by hand (usually I use a computer…Continue
Last week I made a visit to a garden in the grounds of a beautiful historic building in Hampshire, where I have designed a new courtyard for long-standing clients. My clients moved to this house in the last couple of years, and most of the garden was already established, and little design input was needed.…Continue