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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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wooden and gravel steps, steps to steep slope, garden design

Design Solutions: Steps

A Technical Approach Design examples and process [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] The following aspects are vital when informing our design approach, considerations and final decision when implementing this element within a project. They include: Construction Style and Material choices Maintenance and Durability Safety Size of the Garden, Functionality and Accessibility Budget Construction: There are two main types of steps: Cut-in Steps:Used when negotiating a slope or bank. The shape of steps are cut out into the existing soil. Freestanding Steps:Used between terrace-like level changes and usually at angles or parallel to the...

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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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design, gardens, ireland, leinster, designer, impression, irish, style, home

Secluded garden in Killiney, Dublin

Secluded garden in Killiney, South Dublin [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden design brief We were engaged to provide a garden design to complement a recently completed attractive house finished in an art deco style.  The property is situated very close to the sea (in fact the front leads directly onto the beach) so, although the garden is located on the sheltered, front, side of the house, salty winds are a likely and frequent occurrence.  This necessitated the selection of certain species that would be tolerant of changeable conditions. We were...

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