Modern Countryside Garden in Atherton, Manchester.
Garden Design for a Luxury property in Ramsbottom, Lancashire.
Our clients approached us back in 2017 a the RHS Tatton Flowershow where WM Design Studio won Gold, Best in Category and Best Construction.
The client brief was very simple – to create a luxury garden that tied in with the newly built property.
Stunning materials had been utilised by the architect and builder of the house and this was to be recreated throughout the design and specification of the garden.
The garden was carefully zoned during the design stages to encompasses a variety of different living spaces.
Although the garden is designed to be private and secluded care needed to be taken to invite views in from the stunning Lancashire countryside wherever possible.
The design is laid into in a simple geometric design layout that carefully draws influence up from the lines of the architect designed house.
The lay of the land in the existing garden gently slopes upwards towards the beautiful hills outside the garden boundary and it became paramount that this change / split in levels could utilised to great effect in the finished garden.
The Outdoor Spa area houses a large hot tub which is covered for use throughout the year and is sunken into a charcoal composite deck that is both durable and functional.
The covered aluminium structure provides the perfect room outside for enjoying a morning coffee or entertaining and catering for a number of guests.
The Outdoor Room houses a dedicated louvre roof which is controllable by remote / mobile device and catches rainwater to be harvested and used in the rest of the garden.
The dedicated outdoor kitchen houses an ALFA Italian wood fired pizza oven, Beefeater gas barbecue and dedicated beer pump for long days and evenings spent outside in the garden.
The Outdoor Room also boast underfloor heating and is the perfect viewing platform to view the raised planting borders at close quarters.
The dominant and central water feature is a highly complexed piece of engineering that contains 7 pumps in total . Careful recesses run beneath each of the large concrete steps to provide sound across this section of the garden providing a relaxing and soothing backdrop to evenings outside.
Our clients are ecstatic with the end result and further development is underway for a second phase of planting during Autumn 2019.
Outdoor Kitchen Garden Design and Build in Lancashire.
When our clients visited the WM design studio it became clear that they required many things from their garden. A luxury outdoor living space and garden design that would “wow and excite” visitors to the property whilst remaining functional and complimenting the beautiful interior of the property. The clients required an outdoor kitchen, including a covered area with heating to allow the space to be used all year round.
We worked on a number of garden design features and tricks to achieve this brief.
This presented a unique set of constraints and design opportunities here in the studio. The locality of the property is semi rural, and in order to achieve a slick minimalist garden design, careful attention needed to paid to the balance of materials and planting within the proposed garden design.
This wouldn’t be straight forward, we would would need to employ a subtle blend of softer planting and hedging towards the garden boundaries whilst using the horizontal plane and hard standing spaces to achieve the functional useable spaces.
We zoned the garden design into to separate functional rooms each with there own distinct feeling:
Outdoor kitchen to house an outdoor fridge and barbecue built into a granite work surface. The kitchen includes Industrial Pendant down lights for food preparation and cooking into the evening for guests. The outdoor structure features an a sedum roof which is beneficial to wildlife and slows the flow of rain water through the structure. The structures contain a series of drains which work excess rain water through to the planted area beneath.
An Zen meditational space that was simple and uncluttered where a swing chair could be placed for reflection.
A dining area to place a dining set for ten placed close to the kitchen which allows clear access to the kitchen for dinner parties and family get togethers.
A lounge area close to the the property that serves as a reflection point and evening entertainment area. this area would home a contemporary lounge set and coffee table.
The garden lighting so vital in a garden like this is the “7 year warranty” Collingwood lighting that is controlled via IOS app. Care was taken during the garden design stages to keep the lighting design subtle as not to overpower.
A floating Yellow balau bridge feature that braces and joins the two separate areas of the garden, whilst leading the eye carefully through to the outdoor building and sedum covered structure to the rear of the landscape.
The “floating bridge feature” covers an infinity pool that houses aquatic plants, and braces a cascade water feature that is also controlled by IOS app.
One of the things became apparent that was apparent during early investigations of the property was how we could blend such a minimal and sharp design into the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Simplicity is so often the key to good garden design, and it became clear that an uncluttered material palette would achieve the desired outcome. Our simple garden design is a combination of Yellow balau timber decking, deep grey porcelain and powder coated steel. With the remaining textures being made up of evergreen hedging, softer meadow planting and a sedum roof.
In order to do this we would would need to employ a subtle blend of softer planting mainly native indigenous types supplied in a meadowmat format that is quick to install and great for the environment and biodiversity.
Other features of the garden design include corten steel bowls which can perform two seperate functions; they may be filled with water to create a luxurious bird bath whilst reflecting the sky above, adding extra light to the garden design. Or they can simply be filled with logs and burnt on an evening to stave away bugs whilst watching the evening sun going down.
Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101
RHS Tatton Flower Show
This year’s Cheshire RHS Tatton Show garden brought home three medals for WM Design Studio the coveted gold medal, Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden.
Known simply as 2101, the garden imagined what our British residential gardens would look like in the year 2101, when global warming has caused temperature rises of around 7c.
With native species long gone and large specimen cacti and tropical planting thriving, this design resembles the landscape of Southern California or Mexico.
With a ‘Mad Max’ appeal to the garden, it certainly created a talking point at the show and impressed the judges, as well as the BBC Gardeners’ World presenters.
The 2101 garden was sponsored by Cactus Direct, who provided the 60cm wide Echinocactus grusonii and the 150cm tall Polaskia chichipe.
The structural elements of the garden – the conical relaxing area, the spherical shaded area and the battered-edge sandstone table and benches – were all designed by Robert Warnes. Casa Ceramica supplied the large format, single piece porcelain tiles, which formed a stepped path.
A split-level design was included to act as a ‘rain garden’ that manages increased rainwater run off within the garden. This collects water in the permeable higher areas, and distributes it into lower, densely planted areas that soak up excess moisture, alleviating flood risks.
The garden included a range of planting that can cope with extreme heat on the higher level, and plants that can deal with extremes of water and drought on the lower level.
We apply these concepts in our garden deisgns today to manage excess rainwater and periods of drought while alleviating flood risks in the future.
Within the garden, trees that are flourishing in the warmer climate include: Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine); Alnus glutinosa (Common alder) and Betula nigra (River birch).
Tropical trees and large plants that are growing and thriving in 2101 include: Yucca filifera; Yucca rostrata; Yucca glorisoa; Trithrinax campestris; Nannorrhops richinana and Butia odorata. In addition to this, drought-resistant meadow planting provides colour and texture.
With thanks to: Cactus Direct, Casa Ceramics, Rectory Garden Plants, The Tropical Plant Company, Brooks Brothers and Bo Concept.