New build garden ideas can be quite a challenge for home owners. I was very excited to be asked to be landscape and garden consultant providing landscape designs and garden ideas for this striking contemoprary new build home on the southside of Edinburgh. Particularly so because the owners made the sensible desicion to involve me in the landscape design from the begining of the project. The house design by Zone Architects to to passive house standards comands spectacular views.
Considering the landscape design of a new home from the outset of its architectural design makes for a truly harmonious and integrated design project. By doing this not only will the result be a more efficiently managed project where time and resources are utilised effectively and economically. It will also lead to the new garden and architectural design seamlessly fitting together.
Efficient landscape planning
Replacing a cold 1930’s bungalow, positioning this striking echo home in its ¼ acre plot required a considered approach to groundworks and soil management for financial and environmental economy. Including the garden as part of the overall plan from the start has many practical and logistical advantages. Earth movement, utility placement, conserving good soil conditions and optimising seasonal planting opportunities.
The clients wish to firmly ground their home in to the hillside it knits on to meant resolving challenging gradients through sculptural terraces, giving the garden a strong and individual character.
Uniting the geometry of the house and landscape has blended the contemporary and the natural unselfconsciously.
Poured concrete walls mark the pavement boundary following the slope of the hill, while staggered granite paving form offset paths that cut through freshly sewn wildflower/meadow grass mix.
Wild flower meadow style planting on the south facing front garden links the garden to open grassland of the hill on which it sits. Even after only two years since sewing the wild flower seeds it has beeen fascinating to watch the change as plants naturalise and make thier own balance. It is a endless draw for wildlife and passerby admiring the evolving symphony of colour and texture.
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Beginning to sculpt the rear garden
Pegging turf over the newly formed contours
Preparations for the sunken trampoline on the north side of the property.
The trampoline is now well and truelly installed and successfully bounced on 🙂
Check for updates coming soon.............