The basis of this design was to provide a relationship between the space and the house and which also reflected the clients' style and desire. Historically this house was a local Church House. On the floor of the courtyard is the pattern of a cross with symmetrically placed planting squares. These squares are depicted with Dunhouse Blue sawn sandstone.
With an enclosed space, it is important to get the depth of tone right - and for this client also that there was a sense of 'warmth' in the colour. I chose Indian sandstone with a lightly riven surface to infill to allow for ease of barefoot use in the summer. Together these sandstones will keep the pattern alive for generations giving warmth, formality and interest.
The hardlandscaping is softened by the choice of planting which provide particular structures and textures, some of which will cascade over the edges of the paving to give a softer feel.
Claire Cadoux (Based near York)
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