A professional family with older children and dog required a visually interesting
space that reflected the design of a recent extension to the house. The concept of the architect
who worked on the house is very much "inside out". Specific features required included water, a
sunny place to sit, no lawn, a change in the atmosphere of the garden into a more tranquil and
contemporary area and retention of mature planting down one side of the garden. New planting was to
reflect site conditions and allow the garden to be wildlife friendly.
Very mature garden planted by previous family member. 1930's house, level site, NE facing with
largely lawned area.
The garden was cleared, with the exception of some mature boundary planting which was retained for
privacy and sentimental reasons. A new polished concrete outside seating area was built in the sunniest area of the
garden. This was joined to the house with a green oak sleeper pathway. Adjacent to the new terrace a raised water
feature was constructed on two levels to provide a pleasant background sound. An angle iron and steel wire pergola
was built to reflect similar construction methods used in the house extension. More recently a vertical green wall
has been installed to the rear of the seating area. Complimentary lighting has been installed throughout the garden
to improve the visual attraction and usability of the garden at night.
images from before work started