Town house, tiny garden big ideas – L-Isle Jourdain
Client brief :
« We have a tiny garden we need it to be multifunctional, can we fit a pool in ? »
As in all out projects the starting point was a garden coaching session, on site, with our clients to fully understand the site and the client brief.
This small garden in the centre of a historic village did not allow any access other that through the house. The garden is fully south facing and presented access difficulties and several technical constraints which we managed to overcome to create compact garden with all the features requested by our clients, a lounge area, a dining area and a plunge pool.
To which we added a BBQ area, a vertical herb garden and fixed supports for parasols to provide shade and enhance the garden whilst preserving the views to the Pyrenees.
Our clients are delighted with the ideas we brought for their garden.
Garden design concept :
This sad little garden has been transformed into a stylish terrasse with soft furnishings in the shade of parasols. A perfect place for an aperitif and dining al fresco with friends and family.
The plunge pool is only half set into the ground leaving the edge at bench height to sit on comfortably. The pool is of traditional masonry construction with a silver grey liner and coping stone. The hydraulic equipment is carefully hidden in a construction which can be used as a practical potting area or work top which has a wooden façade and a waterproof metal lid.
The hard landscaping is porcelain tiles laid on a sand bed with integrated drainage channel for ease of maintenance.
The planting provides privacy and perfume as climbing plants such as jasmine and honeysuckle form a “hedge” on the wire supports we provided. Together with the shrubs and perennials which we carefully selected to provide year-round interest the planting softens and complements the hard landscaping to create a harmonious living space.
Site work :
This challenging project with its difficult access and technical constraints was complex and required flexibility and original solutions. We would tell you about the negotiation involving the chickens but that’s another story… The adorable neighbours helped us out and we were able to create a bijou of a garden for our lovely clients.