Adding to an existing design can sometimes be tricky as its often easier to start from scratch with a new garden plan but on this scheme my clients already had a patio and a pathway installed which had been in situ for only a few years. They liked the modern monochrome, checkerboard effect of the Marshall’s paving and asked me to tie this is with the new plan which saved on the overall design and build cost.
Another challenge on this garden was the shape which had a gradient in height as well the rear boundary line set at an awkward angle with a woodland to the rear of the property creating a lot of shade. The clients had a very modern, contemporary styling to the interior of the property which they wanted to mirror in the external space and the brief also dictated that there should be some additional seating, lighting and that the garden should be very low maintenance.
To ‘square up’ the garden and lose the odd angles visually we implemented a raised bed made out of block and render, creating a built in seating area. Within this we set a water blade feature which acts as a focal point from the kitchen diner and sits within a planted border with feature planting. Continuing the block walling to the right enabled us to level up the gradients there, building a step up to an artificial turfed area.
Artificial turf throughout the higher and lower sections of the garden enabled the client to have a good proportion of greenery without the hassle of trying to care for very small sections of lawn which wouldn’t be practical but also they were struggling with the shaded conditions in the garden and the poor state of the old lawn had been a constant issue.
Contemporary Gardens, Courtyard Gardens, Small Gardens