Archive for December, 2012

5 Fake Grass Gardens for Inspiration

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Fake grass seating area

Image credit: Fresh Dirt

Outdoor Lounge

The fake grass acts as a soft lounge carpet in this modern seating area.  Aesthetically it has broken up the patio and looks neat and crisp against the concrete.  Plus, it will look great without watering, mowing, weeding or awkward edge trimming.

 

 

 

 

Modern garden in London with fake grass

Image credit: RHSblog.co.uk

City Chic

The owners have created an extra room at the bottom of the garden as an extension of their living space.  The artificial grass lawn will stay forever green and is maintenance free.  Maybe this modern home office was previously a shed containing gardening tools, mower and maintenance products.  The fake grass means they’ve freed up the space.

 

 

 

Artificial Grass Play Area

Image credit: HomeKlondike

Contemporary Kids

This compact, modern play area includes a playhouse, swing and climbing frame.  It’s a great example of how to create a small space just for the kids within your garden.  The artificial grass means it will always look fresh and new – without muddy, patchy areas under the swing.

 

 

 

 

Traditional Garden with Fake Grass

Our install in Essex

English Country Garden

We love this picture because it shows that fake grass can blend in perfectly in a traditional English garden.  You simply cannot tell the difference.  The owners can now concentrate on tending to their plants, flowers and borders in this beautiful, classic suburban garden.

 

 

 

 

Balcony with artificial grass covering

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Brilliant Balcony

We covered this large balcony at a property in Ilford.   With the addition of some comfy reclining chairs or a garden sofa set, residents have a green grass garden to enjoy.  It shows how fake grass can extend the use of your living area.  A concrete floor does not feel inviting – soft grass carpet on the other hand does.

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The Solution for Small Outdoor Spaces

Friday, December 14th, 2012
Fake grass transforms small garden

Image Credit: Unreal Gardens

Courtyard gardens, backyards, sideyards, balconies and terraces are notoriously difficult to landscape.  There are many factors to consider when space is limited such as maintenance and storage.

You have to work extra hard to transform small spaces into attractive, functional seating or dining areas for outdoor living.

Artificial grass can be the perfect solution to many of the dilemmas faced when landscaping a small space.  Giving you the green oasis you want, with none of the associated issues.

Here’s a few examples:

1. You may really want to incorporate a grass area – but without room for a shed to store a lawn mower and other maintenance equipment it becomes completely impractical.
2. Perhaps you love the look and feel of grass but it’s impossible to plant natural turf in your concrete balcony or rooftop garden.
3. Natural turf needs sunlight – if you have a courtyard garden or a small side yard you may have to rule out grass because you cannot give it the sunshine it needs.
4. Hard landscaping can be pricey.  The cost of the materials and labour to create raised beds, platforms and features to add interest in a contemporary garden may force you to look for a cheaper alternative.

Artificial grass can be installed on any surface.  It’s maintenance free and will look neat, crisp and verdant all year round.  You can have your own luscious green paradise, no matter what space you have, or where you are -whether that’s a city rooftop, urban backyard or a courtyard in a small period property.  Add some exotic plants, a couple of sleek aluminium sun loungers and enjoy your newfound outdoor living space.

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Amazing Artificial Grass Architecture

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Synthetic grass is used in architecture to blur the lines between buildings and nature.  Here are 5 amazing projects from around the world that make interesting use of fake grass.

Fake grass walled home

Image Credit: Freshome

Family Home in Frohnleiten, Austria

This project was inspired by the work of graphic artist M. C. Escher  – see the prints ‘Still life and Street’ and ‘Ascending and Descending’ to appreciate how the architect has toyed with perception and perspective in this project.  The grass covered walls blend into the landscape; a playful illusion that’s aesthetically pleasing too.

 

 

 

 

Artificial grass house

Image Credit: Maynard Architects

Hill House, Melbourne

This unique property is built into an artificial hill; the hidden lower level has a cantilevered structure on top.  Rather than building steps or seating into the sunny façade, the designers wanted to make the most the space – so decided on a sloped artificial grass surface that can be used to lounge.

 

 

 

 

Rooftop garden with fake grass

Image Credit: Harold Leidner

Contemporary Roof Garden in Texas

The Dallas skyline is breath-taking when viewed from this modern rooftop oasis.  The artificial grass and greenery is a great contrast with the city-scape backdrop.

 

 

 

 

 

Fake grass holiday cabin

Image Credit: Arch Daily

Camouflaged Holiday Cabin

This prefabricated Austrian holiday home is named Amalia after the owner’s grandmother.  Built to offer views of the spectacular landscape from wherever you are within.  The exterior blurs into the surroundings as a tribute to nature.

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TV Star’s Fake Grass Nightmare

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

Gemma Merna AKA Carmel Valentine of C4’s Hollyoaks was declared bankrupt this week thanks to a 3 year court dispute over an artificial grass lawn.  After paying £5000 for turf to create a doggy play area, Gemma and her husband returned from holiday to extensive flooding at their dream home.

Inadequate drainage – has caused pools of stagnant water to form, ruining the star’s garden

Water damage – the property’s exterior is severely flooded and the interiors have been damaged

Poor installation – the lawn is dangerous with nails sticking out around the edges

See pictures of the flooded lawn at the Daily Mail online

Told the water would drain away, the couple waited to no avail.  They were then asked to pay extra money for drainage costs and a legal battle ensued.  Gemma was then taken to court 3 times by the artificial grass company for non-payment which has allegedly resulted in her bankruptcy.

concrete base for artificial grass

Hard core base to enhance drainage in artficial grass install

“The £10,000 worth of rubbish” could be a result of poor quality turf or unsuitable ground conditions.  Artificial grass normally has a porous backing to allow water to drain away easily.  The lawn was installed without a stone underlay – which the supplier says they refused to pay for.   Every lawn we install includes a base made up of crushed hard core and sand- as standard.  This is essential for good drainage; eliminating the risk of flooding.

This story also illustrates why we never recommend DIY installation of fake grass. While it may seem tempting to save the money, it is a skilled job.  Drainage issues can cause an inordinate amount of damage that’s devastating for home owners – not to mention costly.

 

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