Lancashire-based landscape architect helps transform GB softball player’s garden
This week, local garden designer, David Andersen, appears on the latest episode of Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate, helping a mother-daughter duo completely transform their tired garden into a contemporary, open and multifunctional living space.
Mother Claire and daughter Michelle’s garden was accessed via a small door in the kitchen – and was several steps higher than their indoor areas. This tricky access kept the garden “out of sight, out of mind”, causing it to become neglected and unused.
The pair – and pet tortoise, Rex – felt cramped in their “basement-like” kitchen-diner area. And Michelle – an 18-year old Great Britain softball player – was spending most of her time confined to her bedroom. The poor layout of the kitchen-diner created a claustrophobic, dark vibe, so they needed a garden design that could help “open up” both their indoor and outdoor areas.
“Two of the most important aspects of good garden design are access and landscaping,” said David. “A garden or patio that is level with your living areas and accessed via wide, sliding doors can create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors, bringing in an abundance of natural light and extra space.
“To further create a feeling of space, use similar materials for the flooring in your outdoor and indoor areas, and make sure the design matches the style of your property.
“Like Claire and Michelle, when approaching the design of your garden, it’s important to prioritise what you need. Whether you want a stunning space to entertain, a serene spot to sip cocktails or a functional area to exercise, these factors will strongly influence your design.”
Gardens can be highly personalised places that can drastically help improve quality of life, health and wellbeing. You can see how David – who specialises in creating a connection between people and their outdoor spaces – helps Claire, Michelle and Rex transform their garden on HGTV now.