Modern patio design

Garden near the sea

A garden near the sea for outdoor dining, Dunmore East [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 coastal garden in Dunmore East is for a new extensive patio area to the rear of the house incorporating both a seated area around a fire pit and a separate outdoor cooking area. The existing deck area had begun to deteriorate in quality and was not offering enough in terms of functional use or aesthetic pleasure.  Thus, the client asked us to come up with a design for a...

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garden, design, water, lights, pergola, planting

Water garden near the Rock, Cashel

Water garden Cashel, County Tipperary [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] We were commissioned to completely redesign the garden on a large plot around a modern dwelling on the margins of Cashel town in Tipperary. My clients, a delightful couple looking were looking to create something special both viewed from the main lounge of the house and in terms of creating an enticing garden for good weather days. He was looking to do more gardening, look after flowers, grow vegetables and so forth. The main body of the garden lies at the side...

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garden design, designer, wicklow, dublin, gardening, planting

Plant paradise in the Garden of Ireland

Plant Paradise garden in Wicklow [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] It's great to get a local commission every now and then, as it saves on travel time and we get the opportunity to pop back to see how the garden is developing with ease. My clients had decided to update their house with a range of contemporary improvements including a new kitchen and an architect designed double-height, conservatory-style lounge space with a viewing landing to the upper level. This design obviously necessitated two-storey glazing to the rear.  The design challenge...

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West Coast Living garden in Galway

West Coast Living garden in Galway [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] I like to travel to experience gardens in all parts of Ireland and so was excited to be given the opportunity to develop a garden in Clarinbridge in Galway, a stone's throw from the wild Atlantic and not far from the wilds of Connemara, a part of Ireland that I frequented, and loved, in my youth. The overall garden in this property is quite large but my brief was to create a courtyard garden in the space created by...

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garden, design, retaining, walls, perennial, planting, plants, gardens

Floral abundance garden in Killaloe, Co. Clare

[vc_row row_type="row" use_row_as_full_screen_section="no" type="full_width" text_align="left" css_animation="" box_shadow_on_row="no"][vc_column][vc_column_text] Floral abundance garden in Killaloe, Co. Clare [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"][/vc_column_text][vc_column_text css=".vc_custom_1475078454418{padding-bottom: 15px !important;}"] We completed this garden design for a large garden that has a wonderful setting alongside a lake in the southwest of Ireland. It required a design intervention that would create a beautiful garden for our client whilst not detracting from its attractive setting with the spectacular view towards the lake and connection to the countryside. Our garden design brief included the following aspects: firstly, to design out the blandness...

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Passionate plantswoman’s garden near Killarney, Co. Kerry

Passionate plantswoman’s garden near Killarney, Co. Kerry [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s notes This garden is situated at the foot of the Gap of Dunloe in Co. Kerry providing the perfect opportunity to create a spectacular garden for the owners. The design for the garden involved extensive clearing of over mature garden shrubs in order to open up views across the garden and towards the nearby Gap. The planting plan involves a reduction in the dominance of evergreen shrubs towards a mixed palette of plants including both shrubs and perennials...

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Resplendent rural, garden in Cahir, Co. Tipperary

Resplendent rural, garden in Cahir, Co. Tipperary [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s notes The design for this garden centred around using planting to create new spaces and vistas within the framework provided by the existing boundaries. Much of the existing garden was given over to lawn with areas of “low- maintenance” but bland shrub planting to the perimeter. This planting was removed and the shapes of the lawn areas were redefined using hornbeam and beech hedging with espaliered Lime trees. The new planting areas include: woodland planting, a wildflower meadow with...

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Austen Family Garden, Kenmare, Co. Kerry

Austen Family gardening together in Kerry [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Since 2004, Tim’s parents, Stephen and Louise Austen, both keen gardeners, have created a garden from scratch in the heart of the beautiful Kerry countryside, which is now open to visits from garden groups. Whilst Tim can’t take any credit for the development of the gardens, which are down to his parent’s hard work and zest for gardening, Tim has helped them in regard to the design and selection of specific features in the garden, including the layout of...

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Outdoor garden room in Killarney, Co. Kerry

Outdoor garden room in Killarney, Co. Kerry [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] If I had to come up with a new design for a good-looking, functional back garden space to the brief “outdoor garden room”, I would certainly refer to the crisp design that I used for this patio space adjoining a modern stone-clad property set in the Kerry countryside (this garden design would also work equally well for a stylish city space). In our view, the design ticks all the boxes in terms of delivering on the clients needs...

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