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A new build home for a first home. A blank canvas.

Garden design | Steeton, West Yorkshire

The Brief

The clients, a young professional couple owning their first home, wanted to create their dream garden to enjoy for years to come. Looking to create an informal / cottagey look that would blend with their more modern house, their wish list included a good sized seating / dining area, a generous lawn, somewhere to grow fruit & veg and softening overlooking properties.

The site

A new build property in Steeton, near Skipton North Yorkshire.  This was a blank canvas, quite literally – turf and a few paving flags – so typical of new built homes, a garden with no character. The property was on the corner of a new property development built on former fields, adjacent to an existing residential area.

the finished garden

Words from the client...

“We now have a garden that we can use all year round and which looks great!  It is the part of the home we like the most, rather than an empty source of frustration.

Melissa is good at challenging the ideas we suggested and offering alternatives to make sure that we are certain of the path chosen and then incorporated this into the design and maintenance plan. She has fulfilled our vision for what the garden could be.

It was worth doing the detailed design and planning as the landscapers were pleased to have that level of detail to work with. Also having you as project manager and liaise with the landscapers meant that issues could be dealt with directly as they occurred rather than through us, which would have added delay and removed expertise from the equation.

You took our detailed brief and list of ideas and helped to realise this in a structured way, especially regarding the transitions between zones and the issues we had with our boundaries. Painting the fence, even when we were still months off from the build (on your suggestion) made a real difference in how we felt about the garden and gave us a a good ‘quick win’ and helped us to realise what a transformation it was going to be!

Your planting design has given us structure and cohesion that simply “works” within which we have the confidence (after your coaching) to experiment and learn.  Thank you Melissa!”

C & C Allwinter

Steeton, Near Keighley & Skipton

Key Features

Dry stone walling features to unify with existing character.

Bespoke timber pergola aligned with existing stone wall.

Large lawn area, for children and pets.  

Relaxation area with water feature.

The Design

Key existing features were identified as assets to provide design opportunities:

  • the west facing garage wall made of new stone
  • the old dry-stone wall along a boundary
  • views to the moors from the top of the garden

The design included:

  • A large pergola for dining up to 8 people.  Lighting and electric points were included to allow an option to work-from-home in the garden.
  • A stone nook with seating for 2, links with the context and views of fields in the distance, and unifies with the existing dry-stone wall – formerly a field boundary.
  • Working with the gradient of the slope along the boundary, details were drawn up for the trellis fencing. This worked beautifully as the trellis stepped down in line with the existing slope.

The Planting

The planting design used elements with strong structure, eg pleached purple beech and sections of yew hedging, to define the various spaces.  

The palette used combinations which would do well in the different microclimates within the garden, whilst also using repeated plants to unify the whole garden.

The clients wanted pinks, whites, blues to lilacs and purple. They also wanted some yellow included.

Sustainable Choices

The stone for the paving and walling was specified and sourced from a local Yorkshire quarry.

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