Garden Design – Modern Traditional
A traditional period property with a modern extension creates an interesting garden design challenge. As designers, we want our gardens to respond to the character of the property and reflect the owners’ style. So when there are two very disparate styles in one property we really need to put our creative hats on.
The owners of this traditional property in Wilmslow, Cheshire, are in the process of building a very modern extension. The new building will be crisply rendered and feature large frameless windows. This big contrast between old and new gives us as garden designers an opportunity to create something really unique. We always love a challenge!
Matt’s garden design solution has been to work with straight lines and a grid pattern, with a simple palette of materials. A pleached hedge separating the driveway from the side garden is a nod to the traditional. However, the pleached hedge is presented in a modern way when underplanted with bold blocks of grasses. The large dining and covered seating area responds to the family’s desire to use the garden for relaxing and entertaining friends. The solid roof on the covered seating area has the added benefit of keeping pine needles off the sofa cushions. It’s the attention to these little details that can make a big difference.
Once built, this garden help to unify the old and new elements of the property and encourage the family to utilise and enjoy all aspects of their garden. Let the building commence!
Take a look at our Country House featured design for further ideas on how a modern garden design can respond to a classically designed house.