Rural House, Lancashire by Barnes Walker Landscape Architects, ManchesterContemporary Patio, Cheshire
Barnes Walker Ltd
Lots of comments about this project of ours and it's been included in so many ideabooks! Thank you.
To answer a few questions:
Yes, the cows are real.
The paving is all natural stone, we used different types of natural sandstone in various unit sizes to create the effects and organisation of space.
The aim of the design was to create a sunken garden leading out from the basement. The garden was to be a secluded, comfortable outdoor room and not simply a 'lightwell'. The surrounding landscape is very flat and the winds can be harsh. This layout offers the homeowners shelter.
What Houzz contributors are saying:
This contemporary design, though more formal than the other examples, incorporates touches of pastel. The pink, lilac and purple outdoor pillows tie in with the pastel colors in the plantings. More: Discover more planting ideas for your garden
This example of a contemporary garden could be the blueprint for using controlled shapes in the design. The central axis orders each part of the design, leading right through the garden from the lower terrace up the stairs to the higher terrace. Each shape — the terrace, steps, plantings, hedges and even furniture — fits within the careful shaping of the overall design. Many modern formal gardens have a structure within the hard landscape but the plantings may have more freedom, as in the style of Arts and Crafts gardens or the new English garden. But here we see that controlled structure is carried right through to the plantings.