Hill House Farm Surrey
Brief in brief
Newly built home in the Arts and Crafts style. Clients keen on Lutyens design. Traditional use of material and sustainability. The view from the house towards the garden and landscape beyond is very important in particular, the view from the entrance lobby towards the garden. Uninterrupted views towards the farm lands are important as well as low maintenance. A child friendly garden as the clients have four young children.
Some of the elements that Garden Couture really wanted to translate into the garden are as follows: A strong classic architectural structure that would manage to anchor the garden to the house. The replacement of the grass bank at the back of the house by several low terraces bounded by drystone walls and linked with stairways that connect the various levels. The division of the garden into separate compartments or outdoor rooms that would closely relate to the rooms within the house but also link to the surrounding landscape. The importance and integrity of the local materials used. An abundance of natural planting to soften the architectural structure. In other words ‘formal geometry, informal texture‘ (actually this phrase came to represent the Arts and Crafts approach to garden design).