Client: Mrs C.C
Landscaping Brief: To add style to an underused garden, creating an inviting space to eat and socialise in.
Project Summary: Before we started the project the back garden was immaculate but lacking any particular style. The space was large but often unused. The clients have a seating area, but felt it needed more exciting features within it so it would be a welcoming place to spend long summer evenings.
The front garden also mimicked the back garden before we began our redesign, as the space was vast, yet very plain with no features. The design scoped out maintaining the bulk of the front garden and adding in elements to create a finished look, whilst using the majority of our resources at the back garden to create a stunning, modern redesign.
Before our team started work, we assessed the colour scheme. The tiles used outside were square and white, which had become weathered and needed vast upkeep. There was also a distinct stopping point from patio to garden which they wanted to eliminate. Our first redesign was of the front garden, and a few birch saplings were placed at intervals across the existing lawn to create height and texture.
Turning to the back garden, we chose low water absorbing natural black slate tiles as the ideal materials for the seating and dining area and for the planters we chose bricks with a blue engineering brick capping because they are inherently frost resistant. We placed the new patio tiles in a space outside the house leading naturally into the garden, with a mix of evergreen trees to inject colour, texture and scents into the outdoor space.
We added extra touches that would add interest to the large space without detracting from it’s expanse. A circular reflecting pool and bbq were placed near the chairs and tables, providing a dual-use space for both relaxation in the day, as well as evening entertainment. Oak walkways made from beams provide dimension without stealing the show of the garden, and the mix of the slate and grass, brick and sharp lines created a very minimalist garden with plenty to look at.