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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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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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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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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Enticing family garden in Greystones, Co. Wicklow

Enticing, family garden in Greystones, Co. Wicklow [vc_separator type="normal" position="left" color="#5bb0cd" border_style="solid" width="100%" thickness="2" up="20" down="20"] Garden designer’s brief Create a traditional garden for use by a young family that includes space for active and passive recreation with some interesting, yet manageable planting. The design is to retain the best elements of the existing garden structure, whilst adding a new twist!   Design issues noted by the design survey The existing garden is divided in two by vegetation: there are a lot of overgrown plants so the visibility is limited across the garden; the central and lower...

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