Sunnyside, back to the basics of Landscaping


A concrete gabion driveway Beaconsfield. The most basic form of Garden Design and Landscaping strikes a chord with a client in Beaconsfield, he tore up the rulebook, fired his Architect and took the creative design concept from the garden back to echo into the property. An avant-garde direction when one is creating a remodel of an existing property.

“I thought it strange at first to create a concept for an existing property where there were no drawings for the proposed house… so I added a few angles and the like and the client very much liked it.”

Garden Materials Brief

Like an unfinished symphony, a bare-bones approach, rustic and simple… or is this refined and brutal? The brief was to keep this project “Back to basics” with the design of the house and garden as symbiotic as one entity.

No flame textured marble paving bespoke manufactured in specialist dimensions and laid in a contemporary format… quite the opposite. Concrete in various forms, galvanised steel, natural stone and gravel with the most basic of planting schemes – wildflowers.

Even though 60 tonnes plus were shifted to other parts of the garden to manage the levels there were in excess of 64 tonnes removed from the site. Considering this volume with 24 tonnes of new concrete and with all of the other materials gave this project a large number. Well over 168 tonnes of materials were moved for this project…

Designing a concrete gabion driveway in Beaconsfield

Angles and a severely basic design… Austere and stark. The sheer brutal forms are softened with the golden-brown shingle and the odd strip of timber. The space becomes a garden when the grass seeds have burst through the concrete. The wildflowers will command a presence in their dedicated space.

Alan Sargent said. “The effect of grained timbers, preformed to provide temporary shuttering for poured concrete; forever casting their natural grains in the subsequent monolith was the most innovate, brutalist, exciting and clever design effect I have seen for many years. Quite brilliant!”

It’s a sharp geometric design that sings the same tune as the house. I think it would be an electronic musical sound like something produced by Tangerine Dream. The cantilevered roof overhangs at a massive triangular angle. The bricks that match the property are to the extreme walls and the same for the soffit… a clever use of materials.

Landscaping Materials

Grasscrete formed the ground level concrete elements of the drive and path. We constructed the retaining walls with a shuttered formwork technique. The timbers which lined the formwork were brushed to enhance the grain. This would echo on the concrete surface. Galvanised steel gabions and the same material for the scaffold handrail. The gravel had a specific colour requirement and CED stepped up to provide an exact match.

Country Supplies supplied the main landscaping materials, on time and with efficient deliveries.

The planting scheme

Lawn                                          Sovereign Turf

Wildflower mix                        Woodlands Edge and Treasure Chest

Hedging                                    Ligustrum Ovalifolium 1.5 metres high

Trees                                           Prunus Serrula “Tibetan Cherry”

Olea Europaea

Eriobotrya Japonica

The Thanks

Concrete, Grasscrete

Gabions, Gabion Baskets

Gravel and stabilization, CED Stone

General Landscaping materials, Country Supplies

Wildflower seed, Pictorial Meadows

More to follow folks, tune in during the Spring to see the wildflowers…

Credits and Further Information

Project                                      Sunnyside, back to the basics of Landscaping in Beaconsfield

Location                                  Beaconsfield

Completion                             2019

Value                                        >£65k

Designed                                 Karl Harrison Landscapes Ltd

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About Karl

Karl Harrison designs, builds and delivers high end residential and commercial landscaping projects.

He brings clarity to unusual situations, new materials and understands how to apply them with current technology. He is a professional Engineer and demands attention to detail that ensures impeccable results.

We absolutely love the space that Karl & his team created for us.

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We adapt to the needs of every client, fluent in a combination of traditional techniques ensuring the hard landscaping works in harmony with the soft planting, garden art and style in your garden.

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