|This garden proved to be a dream project with an enthusiastic and knowledgeable client, a sympathetic and gifted architect and a house to die for. My first impression of this house was that it evoked the image of an ocean going liner and this inspired my design. Later I gave this design the nickname 'Normandie' after the great French Art Deco ocean liner of the 1930's. All the rooms in the house have views to the garden, and many on the first floor have balconies. The kitchen has an especially important location and it is the most significant link with the garden. Picking up on the curve of the kitchen I developed an arc of paving, (the 'ship's deck'), and this acts as a launch pad to the out doors. The planting is set in waves that swirl through the garden and the patio deck, which is linked to the paving with a bridge, floats in a sea of vegetation.
A large lawn opens up the garden and this is linked to the paving via two concrete paths. These paths are made with white sand and cement and are edged with jagged slate pieces imitating the shoreline. Between the lawn and the patio deck is the water feature. This feature is a massed area of granite rocks and is punctuated by three plumes of water, again evoking the shoreline of the ocean. By contrast the front garden contains only evergreen plants, but the waves still occur with lines of planting curving, intersecting and undulating as they go. There is a hint of sea front amusements to this front garden scheme.
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