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A rural family garden for Dining & entertaining

Current project | Ilkley Moor, West Yorkshire

The Brief

The clients wanted…

  • to create areas in their large garden for relaxation, sunbathing, BBQ, eating out and hosting parties, as well as play areas for their daughter.
  • the well used decked area, although in a great location is small and doesn’t take advantage of the space they have.
  • to enhance the views to the north.
  • the feeling of extending the indoor living area to the garden.
  • to enjoy the views whilst enjoying the sun as much as possible.

The site

The large garden is quite exposed on Ilkley moor, with a woodland and stream.  There are wide open views to the surrounding landscape. The agreed scope of the designs focussed on the area around the house and garage.

There is a lot of existing stone – walling and patio – which will be repurposed where possible.



A large bespoke timber pergola to provide a spacious space to be in, with walling and planting for shelter.

Inviting spaces to sit connecting with house architecture eg sitting room & kitchen

Extended dining seating area to replace existing decking.

Outdoor kitchen, waterfeature and stone fire-pit area

The Design

  • Introduce a welcoming gateway entrance from the drive.
  • Views directed to the north become a focus.
  • Circulation routes between kitchen, outdoor cooking area, dining area for ease of use.
  • Routes around the garden are direct and connect seamlessly with the house architecture creating strong sightlines.
  • Firepit located to catch the evening sun and a different view of the moor.
  • Planting areas to soften and complement the hard landscaping to be low maintenance.  Selected border areas to introduce planting for biodiversity and summer interest.

Existing Garden

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