Garden views

San Elmo Lodge

An architectural gem tucked into the Dalkey coastline [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The house, around which we have created the garden, is a special one architecturally having been designed and created by Tom de Paor whom the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) described in 2017, when he was awarded a fellowship, as the ‘leading Irish architect of his generation’. Nearly 17 years since its construction, this impressive work of art continues to stand tall, and continues to refuse to look dated in any way. Described by the...

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specimen tree selection from tree nursery for bespoke garden design projects

Design Solutions: Large tree selection and planting

Specimen tree selection and handling for bespoke planting [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Tim offers a bespoke service for those who are looking to select premium trees for a particular location or to create an effect of those who are looking to curate a tree collection.  Tim and his team offer design and aesthetic advice, soil, horticultural and arboricultural advice, as well as information pertaining to planning in the selection of specimen large trees and shrubs in order to reap the best rewards from the investment into your garden...

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Views from the patio to the seating area

Make your own statement in Dublin suburbs

Strong statement of form and function [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] We came into this project by referral from the architect, with whom we had previously worked, who had been kind enough to recommend us to the client.  Our architect friend had recently designed the significant upgrade of the house in terms of its scale and features, including a large turret that now forms a striking feature in the central portion of the house and which elegantly unifies the building design. The existing garden was quite mature and included...

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natural garden design, traditional garden, stepping stones, lawns, perennial flowers, irish garden design

Hidden gem in Dalkey

Marriage of house and garden [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] One of our favourite projects is this lovely garden that required a gentle intervention to create a setting for the well composed architectural design. The property, a corner site, had an existing dwelling dating from the 1930s, but this was entirely updated and given a new but elegantly retrospective look by Robert Bourke architects with a terracotta tiled roofline echoing the original and neighbouring houses. To the main structure a pavilion was added with a similar pitched roof finished with...

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Magnolia garden design in Dublin

Magnolia garden in Ranelagh, Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The design for this compact front garden to a red-brick period property in Ranelagh, Dublin revolves around an existing specimen Magnolia whose beautiful shape adds a lot of character to the garden and softens the scale of the property.  The existing non-descript concrete paving was updated with granite flags laid in a modern linear pattern and complemented with soft gravel to create a walkway around the garden. The planting was laid out with rectilinear box hedging framing each new planting...

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design, gardens, house, home, period, classical, patio, lighting

New period home with garden, Dublin

Period style garden in north Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The garden was designed to add further value to a spacious home whose architecture had been designed to a period style in the early 2000s.  The owners have a young family and were looking to improve on the layout of their garden to provide a more characterful space and to make the most of the evening sun especially during the summer. The design brief The garden space around the house needed to be designed to essentially a pseudo-classical style that...

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garden design, new, garden, makeover, back, rear, patio, lawns, planting

Coastal chic, garden in Malahide

Coastal chic garden in Malahide, Co. Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] This garden was designed for a couple looking to set off their large, fashionable home, in which they have included all their dream elements, with a stylish garden that has plenty of space to both receive and entertain visitors. The design brief The garden design included a reposed, orderly looking front garden with lawns and classical, formalised planting in keeping with the stateliness of the house itself.  The garden design challenge was to set out the driveway and parking...

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garden design, building, outdoor, designer, architect, designed, traditional, contemporary, stone planters, landscape architecture, maple tree, step lights

Well polished, warm garden in Monkstown

Well polished, warm garden in Monkstown, South Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden design brief The design for this compact rear garden had to be constructed to the highest level of quality.  All materials were carefully considered for their use, durability and for what they would add to the aesthetic of the garden: they all had to work together as a cohesive design.  Our fabulous, friendly clients demanded the very best from us in terms of design and installation throughout and we are so pleased that they decided to invest in...

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garden design, building, outdoor, room, designer, architect, designed, contemporary, shed

Ultimate garden room in Glenageary

Ultimate garden room in Glenageary, South Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] My wonderful clients for this garden in the lovely suburb of Glenageary, nestled to the south of Dublin, gave me the brief to create an ordered, yet colourful garden across the seasons. The emphasis is on repetition of a select few plants in the colour range purple to deep pink, blue and white, restraint being the order of the day. Furthermore, the brief was that the garden design should be in-keeping with the architecture of the house, which itself dates...

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garden design, north, dublin, outdoor, dining, pergola, low maintenance

Stylish sanctuary garden in Glasnevin, Dublin

Stylish sanctuary garden in Glasnevin, Dublin City [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] I was contacted by my client (P.) in Glasnevin, as she really had “had enough” of her current small courtyard garden design, which lacked imagination and quality of finish. Her brief was for me to design a polished courtyard garden with minimal planting but which would make the most of the space so that she and her family could enjoy sitting and eating outdoors (Irish weather permitting!). However, P. was very clear that neither she nor her...

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