Outdoor Spaces

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Garden Gates and Fencing

Adding security to your garden perimeter ensures that your gardening tools, bikes, garden furniture and even access to your home is more difficult for those up to no good. A strong gate and fencing will help to give you a little more protection.

Lockable Gate Kit

Composite wood in an aluminium frame.

"In March I was contacted by a client asking if I would consider fitting the gate kit he'd purchased. He explained that the metal will need trimming but was told by the supplier that this was a simple job. I was more than happy to have a look and see what could be done. The gates' posts both need to be anchored securely and the only option I had was to attach fixings into the existing wall as opposed to the ground. Although the gate was easy to put together (despite the dreadful instructions...) there was a need to reduce the width. Armed with my angle grinder and very careful measurements, I completed this job and was more than satisfied with the result. The gate has it's own locking system and is extremely heavy. Not only does the height give the client a degree of privacy but does also makes an opportunist thief's life much more difficult."

Store Room Doors

Reclaimed cedar wood and treated soft wood.

"When I build the zoo in Hertfordshire I had to make changes to some of the buildings access owing to the door width not complying with regulations. In this build I had widen an 800mm doorway to 1300mm to allow wheelchair accessibility. I was lucky enough to have been gifted a pallet of cedar wood that had been removed from the outside of a house. I constructed a frame and lay the cedar wood at angles to create an atheistically pleasing pattern. The doors were insulated and strengthened on the inside and hung on fully opening parliament hinges."

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Creating garden structures – pergolas, raised beds, summer house, sheds, garden offices

For some, gardens have always been a symbol of beauty and tranquility, a place where nature meets the human touch. For others, a status symbol as a show opulence. However, garden anatomy and design is not just about aesthetics or functionality; it goes beyond that to encompass an art form that creates spaces that evoke emotions and tell stories. Just like how a good story has structure and purpose, so too does garden design require planning, purpose, and execution to create meaningful experiences for visitors. In fact, studies have shown that being in nature reduces stress levels, improves mood, and increases creativity. Garden structures can serve as a sanctuary for those seeking refuge from the chaos of everyday life by providing a sense of belonging to something greater than themselves.

What I can help you achieve

Once you have a clear idea what you want to make, I can create this and follow your plan that takes account of structural integrity, materials, longevity and ecological ambitions. 

From an idea to fruition.
  • Initial Steps
  • Planning
  • Ecology and Sustainability
  • Longevity
  • Materials
  • Pergolas
  • Sheds and Summer Houses
  • Decking and Raised Beds
  • Garden and Tiki Bars
  • Gates and Fences
  • Types of Timber
  • Preservatives and Paint
  • Cleaning and Maintenance
  • Longevity
  • Repairing or Replacing
Flora and Fauna
  • Water
  • Shelter
  • Food
  • Eco-friendly Environment
  • Companion Planting

A Blank Canvas…

Initial Steps

Designing a garden is an art that requires careful planning, attention to detail and creativity. Garden architecture plays a significant role in the overall look and feel of any outdoor space. When it comes to designing garden architecture, there are several tips and tricks that can help you achieve the desired results. But first, have you ever wondered how raised beds, timber constructions or encouraging wildlife could enhance your garden’s appeal?

One essential tip for creating beautiful garden structure is to consider the surrounding landscape carefully. A well-designed garden should blend seamlessly with its surroundings and complement the existing natural features. Raised beds can add depth and dimension to flat landscapes while timber constructions create warmth and texture. Additionally, along with flora, incorporating elements that encourage wildlife such as birdhouses or water features can provide added value by attracting birds, bees and butterflies.

Another key aspect of successful garden design is knowing how to balance form with function. The placement of pathways, seating areas or lighting fixtures should be both aesthetically pleasing but also practical for everyday use. It is important not only to consider what looks good on paper but also what works well in real-life scenarios.

In conclusion, designing appealing gardens requires thoughtful consideration of multiple factors including integration into the surrounding landscape, incorporation of various materials like raised beds or timber structures and proper balance between form and function. By following these tips and tricks, one can create an inviting outdoor space that welcomes all visitors throughout all seasons.


Garden structures can be a beautiful and functional addition to any outdoor space. However, before embarking on construction projects, it is important to consider the legal requirements for building in your garden. The regulations surrounding this type of development will vary depending on your location and local council policies.

One consideration is building codes. Building codes are designed to ensure that all new constructions meet safety standards and comply with relevant regulations. They cover aspects such as structural integrity, fire safety measures, electrical wiring, plumbing systems and accessibility features. Although almost all features you plan to add will not be affected by such matters, It’s essential double check – simply looking at what your neighbours have been able to do is the initial step. Further clarification can always be found on your local councils websites. – If you are still struggling then an architect, garden designer or planning officer at the council will advise.

In some cases, obtaining permits may also be necessary before starting work on a project. Permits act as formal authorisation from local authorities allowing you to carry out specific activities within a given period of time under specified conditions.

It is vital to research and understand the legal requirements involved in creating garden architecture in your area thoroughly. Failure to do so could lead to costly fines or even legal action against you by your local council responsible for enforcing them.

By understanding the legal obligations surrounding garden structures in your region, you can save yourself money and time while ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations governing it without violating any laws related to its construction process which will help create an aesthetically pleasing environment around your home or commercial property safely and legally.

Ecology and Sustainability

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Maintaining garden architecture is crucial for ensuring the longevity of your outdoor space. Whether you have invested in elaborate garden bars, summer houses or wild gardens, proper upkeep will allow these features to remain functional and visually appealing for years to come. However, not everyone has a green thumb when it comes to gardening. In fact, some people may even find maintaining their outdoor spaces to be a tedious chore. But fear not! With a few best practices in mind, you can easily turn this task into an enjoyable activity.

First and foremost, regular cleaning and maintenance are key to preserving any type of garden architecture. This includes removing debris such as fallen leaves or branches from walkways and structures, pruning bushes and trees to prevent overgrowth, and keeping surfaces clean with pressure washers or specialised cleaners where necessary.

In addition to general upkeep, preventative measures can also help extend the life of your garden features. For example, treating wood with sealant or paint can protect against weather damage, while using appropriate materials for landscaping or hardscaping projects can ensure durability over time.

While the process of maintaining your garden architecture may seem overwhelming at first glance, remember that it doesn’t have to be done all at once. Breaking tasks down into smaller chunks and setting achievable goals can make a big difference in reducing stress levels associated with gardening.

In summary, by following simple best practices such as regular cleaning and maintenance along with preventative measures like sealing wood against weather damage – anyone can enjoy the beauty of their garden’s architectural features without breaking a sweat!


Garden architecture is an essential aspect of creating a beautiful and functional outdoor space. When designing your garden, one important factor to consider is the materials you will use for your structures. With so many options available, it can be challenging to choose the best ones for your needs. Some common materials used in garden architecture include wood, stone, metal, concrete, and glass. Each material has its unique properties and characteristics that make it suitable for specific applications.

One theory suggests that the choice of materials should be based on several factors such as durability, aesthetics, cost-effectiveness, and environmental impact. Durability is crucial since garden structures are exposed to harsh weather conditions throughout the year. Aesthetics play a significant role in determining how well the structure blends with other elements of the garden landscape. Cost-effectiveness involves weighing the cost of installation against maintenance costs over time. Environmental impact considers whether the chosen material aligns with eco-friendly practices.

When selecting materials for garden architecture projects, there are different options available depending on personal taste and preferences. For instance, using natural stone adds texture and character to any design while also being durable enough to withstand harsh climatic conditions. Wood offers a warm feel but requires regular upkeep to prevent rotting or insect infestation. Metal provides strength and stability but may rust over time if left untreated.

In conclusion, choosing appropriate materials for garden architecture plays a critical role in creating a visually appealing yet functional outdoor space. By considering various factors like durability, aesthetic appeal, affordability and sustainability when making decisions regarding which building materials to use; homeowners can ensure they create structures that stand up well under different weather conditions while adding value aesthetically as well as financially by increasing their home’s overall worth through renovation efforts focused on improving curb appeal via landscaping improvements made possible through investment in new garden fixtures designed specifically with beauty in mind!

Flora and Fauna

Food and Water

Amidst the hustle and bustle of urban life, imagine a serene oasis where birds chirp, butterflies flutter around vibrant flowers, and squirrels scamper up trees. This idyllic imagery can be brought to your doorstep by encouraging wildlife into your garden. An essential step in this direction is providing food and water sources for the animals that you wish to attract. Creating a habitat with diverse flora and fauna will not suffice if there isn’t an adequate supply of nourishment for these creatures. In this section, we delve into how you can ensure that your garden becomes an inviting space for various species.

As humans, we need sustenance to survive; similarly, so do our furry friends who come visiting! To encourage wildlife into your garden, it’s crucial to provide them with a reliable source of food. While planting nectar-rich plants like sunflowers or lavender may attract bees and hummingbirds seeking pollen, birdfeeders stocked with seeds and nuts could entice songbirds and woodpeckers. Additionally, leaving some fruit scraps on the ground or hanging them from tree branches might invite critters such as rats or mice to visit.

Water sources are also significant incentives for wildlife to frequent gardens. A birdbath placed strategically under dappled sunlight or near bushes could offer respite to thirsty feathered friends while adding aesthetic value to your outdoor space. Installing ponds or small fountains would allow frogs and dragonflies to thrive while creating a tranquil ambiance.

In summary, making provisions for food and water is vital when encouraging wildlife into your garden – they are fundamental needs just like any other living being’s requirements. By incorporating nutritious options like plantings geared towards specific animal diets alongside artificial feeding stations combined with well-located water features, people have more chances of having visitors daily!


To truly create a haven for wildlife in your garden, it is important to provide them with suitable homes. Installing bird boxes and bug hotels may seem like small additions, but they can make a big difference in attracting and supporting local fauna. Bird boxes offer nesting sites for various avian species while bug hotels provide shelter for beneficial insects such as ladybugs, lacewings, and solitary bees. These structures can be easily built or purchased from garden centers and should be placed strategically throughout the garden to maximize their effectiveness.

In addition to providing wildlife homes, it is also crucial to ensure that these habitats are well-maintained. Regular cleaning of bird boxes and replacement of old materials in bug hotels will keep them inviting for new occupants. It is also recommended to diversify the types of wildlife homes available by incorporating features such as hedgehog houses or bat roosts depending on the local ecosystem. By creating an environment that supports diverse species, you are not only benefiting the natural world but also promoting a healthy ecology which has positive impacts on human health too.

So let us take stock: we have discussed how avoiding harmful chemicals in your garden creates a safer habitat for all creatures great and small. Now we understand how adding wildlife homes such as bird boxes and bug hotels can help support native biodiversity further still. But what about the practical steps needed to maintain this? The next section delves into ways we can maintain our gardens so that they remain welcoming spaces for wildlife long-term without compromising aesthetics or function.

Planting Specific Plants

The beauty of nature is that it has a way of attracting all kinds of creatures, big and small. As humans, we can play our part in encouraging wildlife into our gardens by planting the right kind of vegetation. The use of rhetorical literary device such as the metaphor “our gardens are like oases in an increasingly urban desert” at the start will engage readers’ attention and prepare them for what follows.

Here are four plants that are particularly good for attracting wildlife:

  • Buddleia – also known as ‘Butterfly Bush’, this plant attracts butterflies with its sweet scent.
  • Lavender – bees love lavender bushes for their delightful fragrance and rich nectar.
  • Sunflowers – these bright flowers attract birds who feed on their seeds.
  • Ivy – provides shelter to many insects throughout winter months, including moths.

In creating a welcoming environment for wildlife, every little counts. These simple additions to your garden will help support biodiversity while providing you with endless hours of enjoyment watching nature at work. Remember, even if you have limited space or live in urban areas, there’s always something you can do to encourage local wildlife. Whether it’s hanging bird feeders or planting wildflower beds, let us strive towards making our planet a greener place where both man and animal coexist harmoniously.

Maintaining your Garden

The garden is a microcosm of the natural world, and its maintenance can have an immense impact on wildlife. Encouraging animals to call your garden home can be achieved through various means, but one important aspect is the proper upkeep of the space. By maintaining a clean and tidy environment, not only does it make for a more pleasant experience for humans, but also creates an animal-friendly habitat that attracts creatures such as bees, butterflies, and small mammals.

To accomplish this goal, certain practices should be followed in order to keep the garden healthy and thriving. Regularly removing weeds and dead plants allows room for new growth while preventing unwanted pests from taking over. Additionally, avoiding chemical pesticides or herbicides will further entice beneficial insects like ladybugs and praying mantises into making their homes in the area. Allowing some areas to remain undisturbed by pruning or mowing provides shelter for ground-dwelling critters who prefer less manicured terrain.

Another crucial element to consider when attempting to encourage wildlife into your garden is providing them with structures suited to their needs. These could include bird boxes, bug hotels, or even hedgehog houses depending on what species you are hoping to attract. The placement of these structures should also be considered carefully; placing bird boxes high up in trees away from prowling cats can help ensure their safety while still allowing them easy access.

In sum, creating an animal-friendly habitat in your garden requires both proper maintenance techniques as well as strategically placed animal friendly structures. Following these guidelines not only benefits local wildlife populations but makes for a beautiful and lush outdoor space that all inhabitants can enjoy together.