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The Brief

A family who recently did an amazing extension of their home with a fabulous kitchen diner with glass doors that unfortunately led into the view of a dank garden that did not reflect their interior tastes. The garden will be used for entertaining mainly but with enough room for two boisterous young boys to play as well. The owners are not into formal dining but like parties around a BBQ with low level seating and plenty of room for a large number of people to stand. The garden is south facing but busy lives mean that the plants need to be low maintenance and eventually drought tolerant. Side access was through the house and involved a bend through doorways so was challenging. The fence was also in a very bad condition and challenging issues of ownership so could not be replaced in the most part.


There was an existing patio that provides a continuation to the kitchen/diner flooring. I designed a step down into a contrasting light grey brick paver area with a small herb garden on the side and planting on the other that merges into a bigger bed under a pinus sylvestris “Watereri”, which although looks quite small, barely made it through the house! The owners wanted a tree that would not get too big and eventually block out the sun. A composite deck with bespoke cantilevered seating provides a relaxed chill out zone at the end of garden. The fence has been painted dark grey and then batons were spray painted off site have been placed on top to hide the original fencing and make it all look brand new.