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Sunday Times Home

If you want a home in the UK’s most unaffordable city, you’ll have to be creative. Cherry Maslen tells how this family did it. (read more...)

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Why aren’t all roofs like this?

Our practice has been involved in specifying a number of ‘green roofs’ over recent years, usually sedum due to roof load-bearing constraints. However, our most recent and enjoyable roof project has been when we designed our eco-house in Oxford. Planning restrictions meant that the entire kitchen would have a flat roof with a large skylight as would the garden office,... (read more...)

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Formal versus naturalistic

The discussion of formal vs informal, of humanised landscape vs nature untrammelled can be a hotly debated topic in the world of garden design. A wide variety of garden styles and tastes is the spice of life, but to suggest any designer can ‘recreate nature’ is, in our opinion, a non-starter. (read more...)

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The pleasure of planting Mature Trees

There are probably few things more exciting [in the world of garden design] than the arrival to site of mature trees ready for planting. They add a structure, maturity and instant three-dimensionality to a scheme that otherwise may take 5 -15 years to reach its design intent. (read more...)

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Old Barn, Oxfordshire

Old Barn, Oxfordshire

 

An architectural & contemporary garden for a family idyll

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Victorian Town House, North Oxford

Victorian Town House, North Oxford

 

Smart walled town garden for home-working professionals and family

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RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2009

 

A wildlife garden with a contemporary edge

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Eco-House, Oxford

Eco-House, Oxford

 

An essay in green

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River Cottage, South Downs

River Cottage, South Downs

 

Cottage garden with a contemporary twist

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One-off Modernist House, Chilterns

One-off Modernist House, Chilterns

 

Bold design complements a unique contemporary house

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Walled Garden, Yorkshire

Walled Garden, Yorkshire

 

Evoking a feel of the country in a town garden

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Private Residence, Chilterns

Private Residence, Chilterns

 

Framed views merging into the borrowed landscape

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RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007

RHS Chelsea Show Garden 2007

 

The Children’s Society garden

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Park Town, Central Oxford

Park Town, Central Oxford

 

A private space in the heart of the city

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Private Residence, Henley

Private Residence, Henley

 

An elegant blend of traditional and contemporary

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Combe, Oxfordshire

Combe, Oxfordshire

 

Thatched cottage with large-scale rural views

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Weston, Oxfordshire

Weston, Oxfordshire

 

An elegant, contemporary garden to accompany a remodelled Georgian family house

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Mill House, Winchester

Mill House, Winchester

 

Water Garden

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Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire

Horton cum Studley, Oxfordshire

 

A modern cottage garden oasis

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