In the UK new houses now often have very small front gardens,
their shape apparently decided by developers with little thought as to how useful they are
and how presentable they can be made.
Often the property is also bought for the house pure and simple without any thought as to how to cope with the surrounds.
And that of course is the time when it can pay to hire a garden designer to help you make the best of what you have landed yourself with.
Because it does matter how you approach your own house and what you see out of your windows.
Your front garden can lift your spirits or deflate them.
And, hang it all, we also quite naturally want our garden to say something about us.
Our clients had brought us in to design their rear garden. But truth to tell they were as depressed by the front as they were by the rear.
Like many a site it offered its own challenges. The frontage was wide but shallow and asymmetric. There were all the usual services to deal with.
Our clients, young newly married professionals, also offered us some challenges:
- They wanted to be able to dash quickly across the garden to the garage.
- There was no pavement so they wanted space for guests to alight from their cars without treading in the road.
- They als0 wanted an entrance garden with a difference.
- And it had to be something they could implement themselves.
Well, hey, if you don’t ask you don’t get!
but is a modern take on formality and also takes account of the asymmetry of the site.
Crisp topiary gives year round structure
and is the perfect foil for relaxed and quirky planting in tones of mauve and apricot.
Minimal planting at the front and the gravel substrate help allow for the lack of pavement.
The clients were eager to soften the façade of the house and our plan specifies climbers and supports to achieve this.
Yes of course it matters how you feel when you approach your home. But there is a time when you are ready to move on. Probably the most important contribution kerb appeal can make is to help you sell your house.
Our clients sold within a matter of days!
Now please do check in with other ’roundtablers’ by clicking on the links below to see wot they have to say about kerb appeal:
L and R
Lesley Hegarty and Robert Webber
The Hegarty Webber Partnership
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