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The Lakeside Garden

A large garden area with an new patio by a house and pool room as the first phase. Further phases to follow...

The new pool room but old landscaping on survey day...The new pool room but old landscaping on survey day...

The client had asked for a way to get from the house to the new building but also for phase 2 will be a new patio area at the end of the building to overlook the lovely views they have.The client had asked for a way to get from the house to the new building but also for phase 2 will be a new patio area at the end of the building to overlook the lovely views they have.

Works underway, clearance and sub bases.Works underway, clearance and sub bases.

Linking to the older house...Linking to the older house...

The view back from the house far corner as the paving goes in....really love this paving; Stonemarket Lucent Ecru Vitrified....Lee and team of Habitat have laid it beautifully...The view back from the house far corner as the paving goes in....really love this paving; Stonemarket Lucent Ecru Vitrified....Lee and team of Habitat have laid it beautifully...

Its amazing how adding the paving just lifts the whole feel of the garden; the pointing you see is actually a very fine join- this is pre the clean off.Its amazing how adding the paving just lifts the whole feel of the garden; the pointing you see is actually a very fine join- this is pre the clean off.

There is a simple water feature going in to pass enroute! Set in a simple gravel garden area.There is a simple water feature going in to pass enroute! Set in a simple gravel garden area.

Phase 2 begins!Phase 2 begins!

Really challenging levels for all of us to get our heads round on this one.Really challenging levels for all of us to get our heads round on this one.

Tiered beds and terracing starting to appear; Lee has done an amazing planning job on the construction!Tiered beds and terracing starting to appear; Lee has done an amazing planning job on the construction!

The paving going down, accuracy really important..The paving going down, accuracy really important..

The new upper main patio area, this links to phase 1 works and now takes you all around the building and to other parts of the garden.The new upper main patio area, this links to phase 1 works and now takes you all around the building and to other parts of the garden.

The lower level link and beds going in too, this will be a later phase to follow on in 2018.The lower level link and beds going in too, this will be a later phase to follow on in 2018.

A newly opened up view is now there from house or pool room. The raised bed will have very soft and gentle planting in it.A newly opened up view is now there from house or pool room. The raised bed will have very soft and gentle planting in it.

Phase 2 ready for planting! The cladding is by London Stone, its porcelain like the paving ,but much thinner.Phase 2 ready for planting! The cladding is by London Stone, its porcelain like the paving ,but much thinner.

The paving now comes into the lower areas too, this really starts to pull the garden together and it flows far better than it did.The paving now comes into the lower areas too, this really starts to pull the garden together and it flows far better than it did.

These steps were so slippy before- they were in old railway sleepers...they were cut out; new steps 'cast' in concrete and then paved in the external porcelain.These steps were so slippy before- they were in old railway sleepers...they were cut out; new steps 'cast' in concrete and then paved in the external porcelain.

The garden all ready for planting.The garden all ready for planting.

The new drone Habitat now use allows for some exciting photography.The new drone Habitat now use allows for some exciting photography.

The tiered raised beds will have soft and blousey planting; the integral lights light the steps up to the pool room patio.The tiered raised beds will have soft and blousey planting; the integral lights light the steps up to the pool room patio.

Another drone shot shows how the tiers work from the pool room patio.Another drone shot shows how the tiers work from the pool room patio.

Phase 3 and 4 to do next! To follow on in 2017-2018.Phase 3 and 4 to do next! To follow on in 2017-2018.

Beautifully built new timber walkways allow access over the lake.Beautifully built new timber walkways allow access over the lake.

Returning this late Spring to see planting doing well and softening the tiered walling and steps.Returning this late Spring to see planting doing well and softening the tiered walling and steps.

Salvia Caradonna is especially happy.Salvia Caradonna is especially happy.

The soft lilacs work especially well against the porcelain cladding.The soft lilacs work especially well against the porcelain cladding.

Bringing together old and new can work really well; especially when needing to link an old to a new building.Bringing together old and new can work really well; especially when needing to link an old to a new building.

Phase 3 starts this autumn which will link this upper area to the lower garden.Phase 3 starts this autumn which will link this upper area to the lower garden.