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A pool for the two boys, a little patch of lawn at
the front for the new puppy, low-maintenance,
traditional planting and a design that
complemented the Hamptons-styling of
the home: this was the general brief from the
client of this project.
A muted palette was required for this
design, so Empire Lane company director,
Ceri Wagnell, selected mocha travertine laid
in a classic French pattern with detailing of
stunning limestone cobblestones.
A blend of textural materials features
predominantly throughout this project, including
stone cladding on the barbecue area, on feature
walls and in the pavilion, which adds interest and
a little touch of luxury.
The courtyard front garden is formal but simple
in its styling. A feature cast-iron pot sits proudly
in the centre and the travertine, cobblestone and
cladding has been continued in this area.
Returning to the backyard, the deep concrete
pool is the standout feature, having been tiled with
iridescent charcoal mosaics reflecting the colour
of the water, changing depending on the time of
day and sunlight.
Raised flowerbeds around the edge of the pool
are deep and high enough to sit on, allowing
this area to accommodate large numbers for
entertaining if required. The pool blanket is
hidden away underground, and equipment
stored behind the pavilion, maintaining clean
lines and a clutter-free area.
In keeping with the uncomplicated yet
classic design, planting has been kept
structured but very simple for low maintenance.
Hedges and ornamental pear trees combine to
provide depth and scale.
In combining their clients’ wish list with
its design expertise, Empire Lane has created
a beautiful and functional garden that its clients
love, and that Ceri and the team are very proud of.
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