Outdoor Kitchen Garden Design and Build in Lancashire.

November 2018

When our clients visited the garden design studio back in March, it was clear that they required many things from their garden. A luxury outdoor living space that would “wow and excite” visitors to the property whilst remaining functional and complimenting the beautiful interior of the property. The clients required an outdoor kitchen, including a covered area with heating to allow the space to be used all year round.

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Outdoor Kitchen Garden Design and Build in Lancashire.

Outdoor Kitchen Garden Design and Build in Lancashire.

  • Complete: November 2018

  • Project Size: 250 m2

  • Project Value: £90,000

When our clients visited the Warnes-McGarr & Co. design studio in 2018, it became clear that they required many things from their garden. A luxury outdoor living space and garden design that would “wow and excite” visitors to the property whilst remaining functional and complimenting the beautiful interior of the property. The clients required an outdoor kitchen, including a covered area with heating to allow the space to be used all year round.

We worked on a number of garden design features and tricks to achieve this brief.

This presented a unique set of constraints and design opportunities here in the studio. The locality of the property is semi rural, and in order to achieve a slick minimalist garden design, careful attention needed to paid to the balance of materials and planting within the proposed garden design.

This wouldn’t be straight forward, we would would need to employ a subtle blend of softer planting and hedging towards the garden boundaries whilst using the horizontal plane and hard standing spaces to achieve the functional useable spaces.

We zoned the garden design into to separate functional rooms each with there own distinct feeling:

Outdoor kitchen to house an outdoor fridge and barbecue built into a granite work surface. The kitchen includes Industrial Pendant down lights for food preparation and cooking into the evening for guests. The outdoor structure features an a sedum roof which is beneficial to wildlife and slows the flow of rain water through the structure. The structures contain a series of drains which work excess rain water through to the planted area beneath.

An Zen meditational space that was simple and uncluttered where a swing chair could be placed for reflection.

A dining area to place a dining set for ten placed close to the kitchen which allows clear access to the kitchen for dinner parties and family get togethers.

A lounge area close to the the property that serves as a reflection point and evening entertainment area. this area would home a contemporary lounge set and coffee table.

The garden lighting so vital in a garden like this is the “7 year warranty” Collingwood lighting that is controlled via IOS app. Care was taken during the garden design stages to keep the lighting design subtle as not to overpower.

A floating Yellow balau bridge feature that braces and joins the two separate areas of the garden, whilst leading the eye carefully through to the outdoor building and sedum covered structure to the rear of the landscape.

The “floating bridge feature” covers an infinity pool that houses aquatic plants, and braces a cascade water feature that is also controlled by IOS app.

One of the things became apparent that was apparent during early investigations of the property was how we could blend such a minimal and sharp design into the beautiful Lancashire countryside. Simplicity is so often the key to good garden design, and it became clear that an uncluttered material palette would achieve the desired outcome. Our simple garden design is a combination of Yellow balau timber decking, deep grey porcelain and powder coated steel. With the remaining textures being made up of evergreen hedging, softer meadow planting and a sedum roof.

In order to do this we would would need to employ a subtle blend of softer planting mainly native indigenous types supplied in a meadowmat format that is quick to install and great for the environment and biodiversity.

Other features of the garden design include corten steel bowls which can perform two seperate functions; they may be filled with water to create a luxurious bird bath whilst reflecting the sky above, adding extra light to the garden design. Or they can simply be filled with logs and burnt on an evening to stave away bugs whilst watching the evening sun going down.

Warnes McGarr Cheshire Tatton gold award

Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101
RHS Tatton Flower Show

July, 2017

This year’s Cheshire RHS Tatton Show garden brought home three medals for Warnes McGarr & Co – the coveted gold medal, Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden.

Known simply as 2101, the garden imagined what our British residential gardens would look like in the year 2101, when global warming has caused temperature rises of around 7c.

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Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101

Gold award-winning Tatton garden 2101

  • Complete: July, 2017

  • Project Size: 225 sq m

  • Project Value: £90,000

This year’s Cheshire RHS Tatton Show garden brought home three medals for Warnes McGarr & Co – the coveted gold medal, Best Construction in Show and Best Future Spaces garden.

Known simply as 2101, the garden imagined what our British residential gardens would look like in the year 2101, when global warming has caused temperature rises of around 7c.

With native species long gone and large specimen cacti and tropical planting thriving, this design resembles the landscape of Southern California or Mexico.

With a ‘Mad Max’ appeal to the garden, it certainly created a talking point at the show and impressed the judges, as well as the BBC Gardeners’ World presenters.

The 2101 garden was sponsored by Cactus Direct, who provided the 60cm wide Echinocactus grusonii and the 150cm tall Polaskia chichipe.

The structural elements of the garden – the conical relaxing area, the spherical shaded area and the battered-edge sandstone table and benches – were all designed by Robert Warnes. Casa Ceramica supplied the large format, single piece porcelain tiles, which formed a stepped path.

A split-level design was included to act as a ‘rain garden’ that manages increased rainwater run off within the garden. This collects water in the permeable higher areas, and distributes it into lower, densely planted areas that soak up excess moisture, alleviating flood risks.

The garden included a range of planting that can cope with extreme heat on the higher level, and plants that can deal with extremes of water and drought on the lower level.

We apply these concepts in our garden deisgns today to manage excess rainwater and periods of drought while alleviating flood risks in the future.

Within the garden, trees that are flourishing in the warmer climate include: Pinus sylvestris (Scots pine); Alnus glutinosa (Common elder) and Betula nigra (River birch).

Tropical trees and large plants that are growing and thriving in 2101 include: Yucca filifera; Yucca rostrata; Yucca glorisoa; Trithrinax campestris; Nannorrhops richinana and Butia odorata. In addition to this, drought-resistant meadow planting provides colour and texture.

With thanks to: Cactus Direct, Casa Ceramics, Rectory Garden Plants, The Tropical Plant Company, Brooks Brothers and Bo Concept.

From Hall To Home
RHS Tatton Flower Show

July 2016

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

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From Hall To Home

From Hall To Home

  • Complete: July 2016

  • Project Size: 100m2

  • Project Value: £45,000

With a silver medal for the second year on the run and an appearance on BBC2, Warnes McGarr & Co have had another massively successful year at RHS Tatton Flower Show in July 2016.

The show garden – named From Hall To Home – celebrates the tercentenary of Capability Brown’s birth and demonstrates how his naturalistic planting style has influenced modern garden design.

The design won a silver award within the Evolution Gardens, and designer Michael was interviewed by TV presenter Rachel De Thame for the BBC 2 programme about the RHS Flower Show.

The design features a classical bust of Capability Brown himself, along with a Palladian-inspired arbour – painted matt back for a contemporary look. Old-style brick paving harks back to the classical era, while corten steel water bowls brings the garden back to contemporary times, in recognition of Capability Brown’s affiliation with water features.

The soft perennial meadow planting was set against a more formal line of clipped Buxus Semperviren and pleached trees. In the middle of the garden is a fire/ ice table, champagne cooler and firepit  which is a nod to Michael’s signature garden design, as a usable living and dining space.

Eat and Shelter – Outdoor Kitchen Design.
BBC Gardeners’ World Live

June 2016

The Eat and Shelter garden was awarded a gold medal, as well as Best Construction, by the judges at the BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the Birmingham NEC in June 2016.

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Eat and Shelter – Outdoor Kitchen Design.

Eat and Shelter – Outdoor Kitchen Design.

  • Complete: June 2016

  • Project Size: 42m2

  • Project Value: £35,000

This show garden encapsulates Michael McGarr’s signature outdoor kitchen design look, which combines stunning textural planting with usable living spaces for eating and dining. With a fire/ ice table and top-of-the-range Alfa wood-burning pizza oven https://www.alfaforni.com/en/domestic-ovens/, this is an outdoor kitchen garden design for family gatherings on a warm summer evening in mind. Remote LED garden lighting was installed for late night cooking and entertaining. https://www.warnes-mcgarr.co.uk/2019/01/16/garden-lighting-in-landscape-design/ 

The contemporary planting combines grasses, tall flowering plants and edible planting for a very modern textured look. The corten steel pergola gives a sculptural shape to the garden, and clearly defines an eating and cooking area.

However, nature is never forgotten, even in an outdoor kitchen design, and hedgehog passes were cut into the fencing, and bug hotels dotted around to ensure wildlife can thrive.