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About us

One of the founding enterprises based at the Bottle Kiln in West Hallam, Bottle Kiln Design was founded in 1985 by Dominic Stone as a garden design and construction business specialising in the use of local, natural and reclaimed materials.

Our background

Whilst remaining a small family business our skills, interests and experience have evolved over the years to encompass a wide range of design and build work. From the small to medium sized garden schemes for which we are best known locally, to the design and construction of garden buildings, summer houses, garden-room house extensions and, on occasion, larger-scale home renovation projects and new homes complete with their garden surrounds.

Dominic has an HND in Horticulture and Landscape Technology with a specialism in garden design, and is a pre-registered member of the Society of Garden Designers.

What we do

We are particularly interested in designing across the boundaries of architecture and garden design; our most interesting and rewarding schemes often being those where the design of house and garden and their relationship to each other are considered as a whole.

What gives us the most pleasure is working with our customers to design and construct things of real craftsmanship and beauty. Things which we are proud to have made, and which we know will give you enjoyment for many years to come.

Design and services

A first appointment to discuss ideas will cost and commit you to nothing, and is always the fist step in thinking about the possibilities for your house or garden. If you would like us to develop designs for you then this is carried out at an agreed hourly rate with an estimate of the time involved. Larger and more complex schemes will often require planning consents and building regulations approval along with other specialist services. We are happy to organise and plan these for you in order to develop a project to the point where it is ready to build.


Below is a selection of reviews and testimonials from our happy clients. You can read more at Houzz.

keithandlindalovell - February 2016

We engaged Dominic Stone to redesign our rear garden, front garden and driveway with excellent results. The designs evolved over a number discussions where Dominic would share many ideas and options and adapt these to our wishes before finalising the plans. For many people, visualising a finished garden from plans is very difficult and Dominic was always willing to discuss alternative ideas and integrate these as the project progressed. His knowledge of shrubs and plants was impressive and while we added many new items to our garden Dominic was always very keen to recycle as many of our existing plants as possible and integrate these into the finished garden. We introduced a new water feature into our garden but the biggest challenge was to temporarily move and then successfully relocate an existing live pond. The frogs were spawning within weeks of the project being finished.

The professionalism and attention to detail is commendable and his workforce were reliable and hard working. I would strongly recommend Bottle Kiln Design.

a_mank - August 2015

Bottle Kiln Design have designed and performed a number of major projects for us over the last 10 years.

The projects have included major reconstruction of a large walled terrace, with a pond and two fountains, and with stairs and a walkway down to our garden. The attention to detail in planning and construction, alongside imaginative and sympathetic use of reclaimed materials, has been fantastic.

When a subsequent defect was identified in wiring (provided by an external source), Dominic and his team were helpful and supportive as they worked to rectify a situation (most certainly NOT of their making) and restore the area to full function.

Various other garden projects have included restoring a Victorian orangery with an extension into a garden room, landscaping around a pond area and creating a safe, secure and stimulating space for our dog!

We could not recommend Dominic and his team more highly for the professional way they have designed and constructed all the projects they have for us.
The designs have been tight to our brief, imaginative and sympathetic to existing structures.

peter_c_fry - October 2015

We have been using Dominic to do all our landscaping design and building work for the past 25 years as have both our neighbours and other local friends. It was obvious from the outset that he had a flare for structure layout and proportions of garden settings. In fact without hesitation we can say that not only do we believe he is extremely talented but also the execution of his plans are carried out to a very high standard. We have always had complete faith in him, and this is high praise from people who in fact are rather "fussy" and critical as to quality of work.

Over the years he has taken what had become a rather old fashioned and tired garden surrounding our Edwardian house to a garden which is much more usable, relaxing and sympathetic to its surroundings. This work progressed over the years to design and build structures such as walls, stairs paths, tea house, green house with matching work shed, all together with a planting design which is lovely and flowing and met our need to have a garden that minimised the amount of upkeep necessary. These changes have all been made with an eye to the cost involved in the execution, minimising this cost wherever possible without compromising the quality of the work.

We would also like to mention that we have recently asked Dominic to develop plans for an indoor outdoor large kitchen extension. We had over the years employed two separate architects to come up with concepts for this project but were never happy with the their designs as they failed to complement the house and meet our brief. Dominic has produced something with which we are absolutely thrilled, in the style of an Edwardian lantern house. Needless to say we are delighted with Dominic's work. He is very organised, professional and reliable. He is a good communicator, a pleasure to work with and ensures at all stages that the work is done to a high standard.

chrisandra43 - October 2015

Bottle Kiln design have carried out two projects for me. The first was the transformation of my garden, the second creating a beautiful studio from an old derelict building.

There are a number of things impressive about BKD:

  • Creativity of design
  • Listening to the customers ideas and needs
  • Reusing materials where possible and avoiding waste - a green response
  • Providing detailed plans and costings and keeping to them
  • Realistic and clear pricing
  • Giving realistic time estimates and keeping me up to date if they had to be altered
  • Excellent and ongoing communication
  • A thoroughly professional approach

I would definitely recommend Bottle Kiln Design and would use them again for any future projects.