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This large country manor has vast lawns surrounding the house with simple, sober, elegant forms to give the land, which is further surrounded by woodlands, more depth. Topiary forms provide points of interest which, in turn, accentuate the approach to the manor house.
Following a recent modern extension to their country home, the clients’ brief was to convert their traditionally planted garden into a contemporary outdoor living area, with the addition of an outdoor swimming pool as a focal point. The entire design was to be structured, elegant and more importantly, the outside space should be synergetic, and in harmony, with the house interior.
Creating a dreamy colour of the pool water was crucial to the clients’ artistic eye, therefore, choice of materials was vital to meet these requirements. The grey porcelain lining of the swimming pool, the fossil pearl limestone, coping detail and key lighting, all combine to create an elegant and luminous vision by day and by night. Strong topiary shapes, both in the courtyard and pool surrounds, extenuate the chic contemporary sensation of the geometric design.
Extend your garden’s potential with a beautiful, integrated swimming pool, for exercise, leisure or something in between. Katja’s experience in the design and build of both standard and natural swimming pools and ponds will make it perfect, for you and the landscape.
A natural swimming pool or pond uses a unique filtration system to keep the water clean without the need for chemicals. A bio-filter replaces the standard chemical plant without compromising on safety requirements. This gives you a living pool with low energy costs, ecological benefits and the delight of freshwater, chemical-free swimming all year round.
A highly contemporary, newly built house, where the atrium tropical garden provides the link to bring the outside to the inside. The complex design of the atrium itself blends into the interior architecture of the house.
Swinging in the bubble chairs, gives a feeling of isolation, peace and quiet in the tropical garden.
This second residence was designed primarily for leisure, for both parents and children. The bespoke glass balustrades allows uninterrupted views from all angles, ensures safety for children and acts as a screen in breezy weather. In a relatively small space, a swimming pool, enclosed for safety, leads on to a wild, free-flowering garden with naturalistic planting which can cope with the strong coastal winds and salt spray.
The planting design of the garden provides continuous and changing colour for 10 months of the year, starting with a carpet of spring bulbs, to grasses and perennials standing tall into winter. A secret garden for children is explored through pathways. The garden also embraces a hidden jacuzzi with views onto the dunes.
The approach to the house reveals waves of Molina grasses which give form and texture to the vast lawns, and a sense of enclosure to the house, yet maintaining transparency of the view. The design included a bespoke outdoor dining area with barbecue, approached by brick pathways encircling the house.
Flanking the pathways, herbaceous borders of yew with box topiary provide year round structure.
Sunlight filters through vibrant naturalistic planting, with varying heights and shapes, on a slope in view of the tennis court. After flowering, striking patterns of seed heads form strong, dark silhouettes.
The formality of the hedging, which creates different rooms, reflects the strong architectural lines of the house. The geometric layout of the terrace and garden results in the creation of multiple, different areas for entertaining. Incorporated into the garden design, an extension to the house was built for a sauna and wellness room.
The infinity pool creates the illusion of water extending out to the horizon.
The luxurious oak garden studio is a remote retreat from the house.
A 500-year old cottage, nestled in the Kentish countryside, is now complete with the luxury wellness experience.
Complete design – and execution – of an indoor hydrotherapy pool, steam and relaxation room, sauna, shower and toilet facilities, all finished in natural stone and glass mosaics. This modern design, combined with up-to-date technology, provides the ultimate retreat for body and soul.
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