Modern city garden, Grassendale

Transformation of a medium sized urban garden into a modern, multifunctional space for a young professional couple, with a fusion of traditional materials and more contemporary design elements.

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Over a period of several years the clients had lovingly restored their period property and were now looking forward to focussing on the garden.  They wished to start with a blank canvas, removing the tall, dominant conifers at the bottom of the garden and leaving behind the geometric paved areas  and complicated levels of the original layout.  The vision for their future garden was a contemporary design with clean flowing lines, lots of space for planting and opportunities for different places to sit and relax in the sun and enjoy al-fresco meals with friends and family.

The design has a strong hard landscape structure at its centrepiece, creating a natural flow of movement and keeping down maintenance.  The main feature is a continuous band of paving, which sweeps in a curve down the length of the garden, leading the eye from the patio doors of the dining room to the end of the garden.  Here, a round seating area and bespoke timber pergola have been positioned and beyond this a very important, sizeable storage shed and greenhouse have been carefully nestled into the back of the garden.  The strong curved lines of the design follow through into the shape of the lawn, a circular dining area and arc shaped planting beds, including some that are raised and built from clean edged rendered block work walls.  The contemporary style of these elements is balanced with a traditional palette of surfacing materials, narrow brick pavers in warm reddish brown tones and matching setts.  These complement the style of the house and the distinctive, historic brick boundary walls near the house.

There are generous planting beds interspersed throughout the garden.  The clients are great plant lovers and their existing diverse range of plants are being retained in-situ in some places and re-located to newly created beds, including one with culinary herbs and other edible plants within close reach of the kitchen.  There were also a few plant purchases through the design process as new planting beds started to emerge on design sketches!  These will all help to add a wonderful structure and lush character to the garden, and balance out the hard landscape elements in the completed design.

Construction of this project is due in Autumn 2013