The client wanted a sheltered space out of the wind to relax in and entertain. As the site was on the top of rolling hills we excavated to create a formal garden at a lower level.
A swimming pond was also built (in 2008 this must have been one of the 1st in the uk)
Strong winds from over the moors made sitting out impossible. The answer was to excavate - here we see a sheltered excavation being constructed - the formal garden nestles within informal surroundings
Excavation underway here with an 'island' left in the middle.
Swimming pond under construction, you can see space reserved for planting and the footings in for a boardwalk/deck.
Spoil from the excavation has been used to create a mound around the pool. This diverts the wind away from the sunbathing deck and imitates the rolling hills in the background.
We used crushed Blue Welsh slate as it compacts well and contrasts well with the local stone and planting.
Swimming pond now full - we used a fire engine to fill this as it was quicker! I love the slighlty tapered effect of the boards on the deck and the reflections of the standing stone monoliths which are liet at night.