Combining old and new garden design styles

This garden design ties together an existing traditional garden with a new contemporary pool and entertaining area

This garden design is proof that you can combine traditional and contemporary styles for a stunning result. Existing sandstone paths have been combined with a modern renovated pool using concrete pavers, a newly designed courtyard using La Roche limestone and a newly planted lush tropical garden. The end result is a beautiful relaxed garden perfect for long lazy weekends.

your outdoor garden design starts here

When you’re looking for garden landscape ideas the best place to start is by looking at images to identifying what you like and what you don’t.

Consider how you’d like to use your refreshed garden space and what sort of overall effect you’re looking to create. Are you after a relaxing garden sanctuary or will you be using your outdoor space for regular entertaining and parties? Do you have a growing family that needs space, or would you like to put in a pool? Thinking about these larger concepts at the beginning of your planning is a good way to ensure you design a space that complements your lifestyle, and hence becomes an area you get maximum use out of.

Once you’ve worked out the overall aesthetics, it’s important to consider a few of the practicalities. Natural stone paving and wall cladding is often a substantial part of an outdoor design project. Think organic, tumbled travertine and limestone for beautiful light and airy courtyards, a dense granite works beautifully around a BBQ area while concrete pavers mean you have a huge colour spectrum to choose between. Low stone walls work wonders for breaking up a space and giving gardens levels and depth while higher stone walls can provide some privacy if needed. Finish off the look with planting that complements both your aesthetic and your lifestyle along with some beautiful outdoor furniture and your garden design is complete.

The best way to really articulate what you’re looking for is to gather a whole heap of landscape garden ideas before you talk to your designer. Show them what appeals to you (and what doesn’t) and discuss what things you think will suit your home. They can then use these images as the core of your design brief before they start their design process. The same is true when it comes to natural stone selection. Head into one of our design showrooms armed with images of the styles that you do and don’t like, as well as any plans you have for your outdoor space; we can then help guide you to choose the stone products that work best for the aesthetic and practical needs for your design. 

We strongly believe that a natural stone tile, paver, cobblestone or walling piece is always the best selection if you’re wanting to create a design that will complement the home, be sympathetic to wear and age beautifully. If you’ve had a good look through and you’re still not sure which outdoor stone options are best for your design, come and talk to us. We’re the stone specialists.


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