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kerb appeal & a new house extension

Concept design | Middleton, Ilkley

The Brief

Our clients, Neil and Jo, had moved into their home a year previously and were wanting to commission a beautiful front garden surrounding their new extension with front porch and main entrance. 

Having had interior renovations and restyling inside with the help of an interior designer and an architect, they approached Melissa Morton Garden Design for a gorgeous and elegant revamp that would maximise their outdoor space, enhancing connection between inside and outside.


Words from the client...

“The concept by Melissa Morton Garden Design enabled us to make better decisions about the design and layout of the house extension, and this gave us the biggest improvement to our home renovation.

It ensured both areas (inside and out) were connected in the best possible way.
This was best achieved by the early engagement, as Melissa came up with a few clever ideas – particularly on changing the entrance into the garden which ended up dictating the design of the extension.

The design process helped us to achieve this and sufficed, as we have a long-term relationship with the landscape contractor who was able to interpret the concept. Melissa was very flexible in her approach.”

N & J Clark

Ilkley, West Yorkshire


New focal point – a water feature – which aligns with the entrance and porch window for maximum wow factor

Relocated entrance gate to enhance the route into the garden and the new main door.

Hedging of various heights and widths to create a visual dynamic and enhance the sense of depth of the garden

Open area in front of the kitchen window to enhance feeling of space

The Design

We were delighted to be invited into this project at the pre-build stage as it enabled us to create a beautiful front garden surrounding a new extension in partnership with the architecture and landscaping team (see below). Our main priority was to enhance the connection between inside and outside, using picture windows to frame key plants and water features as focal points. Creating tableaux of plants and curated spaces to give viewers an enhanced feeling of wellbeing, all year round.

Planting concept

This planting concept was inspired by a recent garden visit to Middleton Lodge, North Yorkshire and the Dutch and Belgian landscape designers which influence our planting designs. 

Blocks of low maintenance yew hedging at various heights are set out in a staggered layout to add visual interest, all year round, while tall grasses provide foliage contrast and movement.  The strong lines and geometry extend the perception of space in a small garden.

Existing Garden
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