Archive for May 2018

Guest Expert: How Emma Griffin Creates a Garden Paradise

A lifelong lover of gardens, Emma Griffin has been designing gardens since the 90s and now runs her own garden design practice. She is responsible for the bountiful yet calming garden in Richmond Hill, pictured on this page. Hard landscaping versus soft landscaping I’m a strong believer that gardens should be used as gardens. Hard…

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John’s Thoughts from the Buckingham Palace Garden Party

I recently had the pleasure of being invited one of the Queen’s annual summer garden parties at Buckingham Palace. Naturally, I couldn’t keep my mind off architecture, and couldn’t help notice that the gardens were designed to solve the same problems that our clients face – albeit on a much, much larger scale. When designing…

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Jemima’s Favourite Gardens from the Chelsea Flower Show

The Chelsea Flower show is a must-see event for anyone interested in garden design. I’m always one of the first to grab a ticket, and this year was no exception. Here are my three favourite gardens from the 2018 show. Jemima Dyer-Grimes LG Eco-City Garden by Hay-Joung Hwang “LG Eco-City Garden represents the green space allocated…

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John’s Advice: The Four Ingredients for Indoor/Outdoor Living

One of our most common briefs is to create a seamless transition from interior to exterior, a style of design called indoor/outdoor living. Our portfolio is packed with homes that blur the line between living space and garden, but how is it achieved? Here are the four essential ingredients to successful indoor/outdoor living. Sunlight Your…

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Under Construction: Excavating a Lightwell in Our Listed Chelsea Renovation

We’re nearing completion on our renovation of a Grade II listed house in Chelsea. While we apply the finishing touches, here are some photos looking back on the project’s journey. Here’s the garden of the house shortly after initial excavation began to build the lightwell and lower courtyard connecting the lower ground floor to the…

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Planning Permission for Grade II Listed Renovation in Edwardes Square

Dyer Grimes Architecture are delighted to announce that we have been granted planning permission to renovate a Grade II listed terraced house on Edwardes Square. Edwardes Square is one of the finest garden squares in Kensington, built between 1811 and 1820. This property, like many others on the square, has unfortunately been subject to a…

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New Commission: New Build with Full Plan Basement in Wandsworth Common

We’ve recently been commissioned for a project that, on paper, doesn’t sound possible: to knock down a small four bedroom house and replace it with a 3,200 sqft new build with a full plan basement in the Wandsworth Common Conservation Area. The trick? To keep the front façade and get rid of absolutely everything else.…

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