When I downsized to my new little house and garden, I had specific needs and wishes for both: mainly they had to be low-maintenance and aesthetically-pleasing because of my health restrictions and spending a lot of my days house-bound.
I had a few ideas and put them to a few landscapers, but was told that: it wouldn’t be possible to construct the garden on one level because of the slope of the land; it wouldn’t work to paint the red brick white; they couldn’t build a curved wall for the raised flowerbeds; and one insisted on a circular patch of grass in the middle, even though I had been adamant on having no grass to mow!
Then Al Smart came and looked at the space, listened to my ideas and needs and said: “We can turn this into something special”. And he did! As well as the curved raised flowerbed, he created both a round planter and a semi-circular planter made of Cor-ten weathered steel, a stunning trellised fence, wooden curved decking – that doesn’t become slippery in the rain! – and my seating area in the middle of the garden is on Cotswold shale, which looks like a pebble beach! The garden is completely flat, the brick walls are white, which makes the garden seem bigger, and there is not a blade of grass to mow!
Al was efficient, easy to communicate with, and everything was finished to a very high standard. Without his vision and design ideas and knowledge I would not have the stunning garden I now enjoy and which elicits a “wow” from all my family and friends who see it. Thank you, Al, I am hugely grateful to you and everyone who worked with you.
Christine T, Cheswick Village. May 2018
Building a new house was a chance to create my dream garden and Al his small team have given me exactly that. They have turned my sense of the effects I hoped for into beautiful lines, forms and textures, with meticulous imagination, professionalism and relentless hard work. We talked it through at every stage so that the whole process was a huge pleasure. I can’t thank him enough
Lindsey T, Bristol. March 2017
Al transformed our small Victorian garden. He carefully considered the different materials; their texture, colour, shape and size, and how they interact with each other, to create a beautiful space. Al’s craftsmanship was uncompromising in quality, as were the materials he sourced to work with. The garden feels more part of our home than it has ever done so. It is on three levels; each with a different purpose and interest, but seamlessly flowing into one another. The garden renovation met my high expectations but, as a professional, Al exceeded all expectations.
Leena O, Leamington Spa. March 2015
Al from Smart Landscape Design took our small, typically Victorian courtyard and created an oasis of contemporary and stylish design which has given an otherwise ordinary Victorian home the ‘wow’ factor. Using the very best materials and with an emphasis on craftsmanship they created a fabulous outdoor space perfect for entertaining. All our requests were catered for within what was an exacting brief. Al worked tirelessly to realise our dream of a modern, low maintenance and beautiful space, we couldn’t be happier. His work ethic, attention to detail and creative flare can be seen in every inch of the garden and we are more than happy to endorse their work.
Pip S, Leamington Spa. September 2013
I cannot praise Smart Landscape Design highly enough. From the very beginning I found Al Smart very approachable and straightforward; he listened to my ideas and was incredibly creative. I felt that we worked really collaboratively and I never felt pressured or rushed to make decisions. Their attention to detail was second to none – my back garden is on a slope and needed quite careful terracing. He worked incredibly hard. My garden is completely transformed and I am so proud! I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Smart Landscape Design, and I can’t wait to get them back to tackle my front garden!
Liz I, Leamington Spa. November 2010
Having never owned a garden before, we did not know where to start when we bought our first property in 2009. We could not have chosen a better person to help us out than Al at Smart Landscape Design. He really listened to what we wanted our garden to be and created a design that suited us, is sympathetic to the house, manageable (given our limited gardening knowledge and experience) and can evolve over time. It has been a joy to see the garden change and the design come to life. Al works very hard, is very professional and a good communicator; always talking through changes to the design and keeping us informed of the costs along the way. It has been great to work with someone whose standards and attention to detail match ours
Eve W, Wappenbury. May 2010
Having designed and delivered an excellent service to completely transform my garden I then approached Smart Landscape Design a few years later to come up with an idea for a ‘structure’ that would join parts of the garden/ provide a focal point from different viewpoints, as well as being viewed from above from my home office window .We did not want a solid structure because it is adjacent to a tree and we needed dappled shade/ sunlight. We also didn’t want something ‘off the peg’ ! He came up with an innovative, surprising but ideal design solution of stainless steel with a spiral/ spoke effect which is fantastic , greatly admired and fitted the brief. It is known as ‘Florence’ because I misremembered the snail’s name in Magic roundabout! Al took a great deal of trouble to source how it could be constructed at a reasonable price but with quality finish – he succeeded.
Gerry S, Wirksworth. February 2008