New Build Garden Ideas

I was very excited to be asked to contribute 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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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Wild flower planting on the roadside of the house

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Before


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After


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Beginning to sculpt the rear garden


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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.............

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