We finished the exterior of a stone clad summer house some time ago. We wanted the stonework of the building to be very tight and to not show any gaps or mortar and so we selected a flat bedded Yorkshire sandstone. The three main windows were designed to let in natural light and to allude to Georgian symmetry. We also built the cabin with a large double doors that could be left open on a summers day.
The attention then turned to the interior which had to be wired, fitted, plastered and painted. The result is a relaxed creative office space that can double as a garden living room. The floor is two-inch thick Cornish slate, which lends a vintage look combined with the large local oak beams and window frames. We painted the interior with a shade of London Plane green which is perfect for a garden space.
We have finished the tall dry stone wall that separates a large car parking area from a curving terrace garden with a central path. The wall is above 6 foot in places and provides a pleasant screen from the vehicles when sat in the garden. The path leads through two beds on either side and leads to a stone patio seating area that is raised up by the terrace wall and provides striking views down the valley.
Another entrance on the other side of the parking bay is created by two curving wall ends that create an artistically symmetrical gateway that leads to a gradually declining stone staircase surrounded by alliums and hellebores.
On a sandstone patio we erected a large stone block that supports a beautiful Forest of Dean stone slab which makes a fantastic seating area to sit and look at the view on a sunny day.