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Case Study – Large Country Site


Existing features on this 1.2 acre rural site in East Galway include a renovated farmhouse with a modern extension, a number of large mature broadleaf trees and a reed-bed filtration system.  The site is situated in a small village and is predominately surrounded by farmland with long views to the north and west.

Our clients came to us requesting a landscape masterplan which would make the most of all of the aforementioned assets and allow them to develop their landscape scheme over time.

Landscape concept diagram for large site

Working with the existing site features, we started by developing a landscape concept which set out a loose structure for the site – See diagram to the left.  The concept aimed to create a diverse landscape with various characters and a practical arrangement.  Included in the proposals were items from the clients’ wish-list as well as a few of our own ideas for making use of the large site.

During a second meeting with the clients we talked over the concept proposals and discussed various aspects in more detail.  Armed with a refined brief, we took to the drawing board and proceeded to add shape to the proposals.  All of the different areas were designed and drawn up with hard and soft materials in mind.  As well as interpreting the concept areas, the arrangement payed particular attention to the solar aspect of the various spaces.

Landscape masterplan for a large site
Excerpt from landscape masterplan showing front garden area

The most challenging part of the site to design was the front garden.  We were keen to create an arrangement that resembled a garden rather than one which was dominated by the car.  The architecture successfully marries the very traditional form of the old farmhouse with a contemporary extension and another of our aims was to compliment this with the landscape setting.  We decided to model our proposals round a modern interpretation of a cottage garden:  A formal arrangement of parterres, espaliers and lawn with a contemporary water feature and modern planting.

Many thanks to our clients for permitting us to use their design as a website case study.