Rebecca Smith - Garden design & consultancy

September - Quick Update

The days are noticably shortening and the sounds of the machinery needed for the potato harvest echo through Wyck. The scent of bonfires fills the air today despite the warmth of the sun as we look towards Autumn.

The long Summer seems to have disappeared in a blink of an eye, no less because we were actually out of the house and in Portugal for the entire month of August. The building work at Wyck Farmhouse is nearly finished but for everyone's sanity (ours as well as our contractor's!) we left them to it and got out of the way!

Before: heavy oak framed windows

We have returned the last weekend of August to slightly dustier but far nicer version of Wyck Farmhouse. The brown-stained heavy oak-framed crittal windows installed at some point between 1913 and 1926 by a prosperous farmer keen to make his Georgian house more in the Arts and Crafts ideal have all been removed and new double-glazed (!) Georgian-style sash windows have been installed in their place. The house feels so much lighter and looks far more cheerful. It is as if it has had a subtle face-lift. 

During: West Front

The original front door of the house was on this West facing aspect and whilst we are not recreating that as a main entrance, we are reopening and adding french doors out from the billiard room into the garden. The light on this side of the house is superb - a golden haze in the evenings and I cannot wait to get this finished. 

On the work front, things are busy busy this time of year. I have had loads of new enquiries for garden updates which is great - it means people were out all summer in their gardens and really know that they need bit of help to make them work better.

Oh, and, the best bit? My design for my lovely friend Julia's garden in Micheldever has been shortlisted for the Society of Garden Designers Awards 2014. Winners won't be announced until January but I am thrilled to bits to have made it to the shortlist. 

The Old Bakery

Happy Monday everyone! 

PS: Our architect on this project is Ian Adam-Smith, this is our third house we have renovated with his office and, as ever, we are very happy with the result. The contractor is Darren Stone from Kettlebrook Construction, he is unflappable and has been lovely to work with. 



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