Cottage Extension and Garden Design, Pentre Beirdd

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  • Garden Design Master Plan in Mid Wales

Design and build an additional room, with plenty of natural light, and connection to the outside. With a garden design to complement the cottage and extension, with functional and relaxing areas and a planting scheme influenced by the local environment.

A delightful project, that looked to enlarge an existing extension to the main cottage. The aim was to provide a useful extra room on the ground floor. We looked at many different design options, and decided on a design that would optimise the flexibility of the space, and enhance the character of the cottage.

The extension also coincided with re-working the outside space, Andy produced an ecologically driven garden design that would tie the new extension to the existing cottage, with large raised beds, new paths, a natural pond and cottage style borders.

Taking equal consideration for Ecological, Social and Aesthetic factors, the design is sympathetic to the architecture of the cottage, and appropriate for it’s location in the rolling countryside of Mid Wales. A productive and usable garden that is not only sustainable, but aiming to increase the biodiversity of the area.

The Welsh countryside is a diverse landscape, from mountains to rolling farmland, and rivers, marshes and dramatic coastlines. Gardens can provide habitats and food for a wide range of creatures, to maintain status quo, or even increase biodiversity. Plants have been selected for their aesthetic appeal and location in the garden, they are also mainly indigenous to the area (or the UK), they include productive crops for human consumption, and plants attractive to wildlife. Natural materials can be incredibly versatile for use in a wide range of hard landscaping, structural and aesthetic requirements. Recycling and reusing materials found on site, or locally sourced help to reduce the impact of human intervention.

Facts:
  • Location: Pentre Beirdd, Mid Wales
  • Client: Private
  • Extension Construction Cost: Approx £30,000
  • Extension Completed: Autumn 2011
Results:
  • A multifunctional space
  • Integration of architecture and garden design
  • High levels of insulation
  • 'Colorcoat urban' roofing system
  • Ecologically driven garden design