Page 55 - Marlborough Living May June 2019
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 how does your garden
Though often faced with limited time and space, Brits’ appetite for gardening is proving steadfast in a digital world full of distractions. With that in mind, we're getting our green sanctuary into shape for a glorious summer ahead...
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 Garden Rooms
So many of us are looking for a place to escape, in a quiet area with room to reflect or just potter. If you have the space, a summer house or garden room can be a wonderful addition to your living space. The experts at have some tips:
1The first step in the buying journey is to get a feel for the different design features of garden rooms. You'll also want to get a feel for the planning rules and
how much garden rooms cost.
2There are lots of different building systems available, including the cost effective modular systems or more expensive bespoke options.
All quality garden rooms should have a strong structure, good insulation, double glazing, breathable membranes, a durable exterior, electrics and heating.
3Talk through your requirements with a designer and agree the specifications and a price. Most people opt for Turnkey projects (this means complete project management and much of the building can be pre-fabricated off-site for minimal upheaval.
• Lawns
• Water features
• Zoning areas (dining, playing,
• Planting: trees, shrubs, pots
• Lighting Out-buildings
Next, look at the size and
shape of your plot and take into consideration the direction if faces, the style of your house it will be framing and the growing conditions - if you're not sure, see what is growing well with the neighbours.
Understanding balance is a strong aspect of good garden design; pay equal attention to all areas and remember that plants and shrubs will change size and shape throughout the seasons.
Once you know that bare bones, think about the end result. Do you prefer formal or informal gardens? Formal gardens tend to be tidy and geometric with lots of straight lines and clipped hedges, whereas informal gardens are made up
of organic curves and planting is much more relaxed. The amount of time you can give over to actually gardening should form a part of your decision.
What landscaping materials will I need?
There’s no shortage of hard landscaping styles, from rustic
to sleek and modern. In general, hard landscaping tends to be the star of contemporary designs, and the range of materials for such spaces is more extensive – mirror, metal, concrete and painted
walls, to name a few – but there is nothing to stop you using these in traditional herbaceous gardens. Select your materials with care and check the quantity and condition upon delivery. Common landscaping materials are:
Hard landscaping materials:
• Bricks, paving, block paving • Timber and decking
• Aggregates and sand
• Concrete, mortar and render • Damp proof membrane and
landscaping fabric
You’ll need to consider waste removal too. There are two common methods; skip hire or muck away. Consult your local council and waste removal companies to find the most appropriate method or if hiring a professional to carry out your
project talk to your contractor to establish whether clearance is included in their service.
At this stage you should have realised whether your landscaping ideas will be a hands-on DIY job or a complete overhaul that will need the skills and labour
of a professional landscape designer or tradesman. Deciding how much to spend on building structure, hard landscaping, planting and lighting can be really daunting - especially if the space is large. For this reason, it is well worth employing a professional landscape designer and gardener to ensure you get the most beautiful garden within your budget constraints.
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