The garden of this Victorian mid terraced house was designed for all the family to enjoy. It had an original granite paved area to the rear of the house which was to be kept and blended in with the new design. The boundary fences were designed with Western Red Cedar cladding throughout. Along the back fence we designed wider vertical timbers which matched the size of the floating benches. Blue/grey granite paving was installed beneath making a connection to the original stone. Set within the back fence is a bespoke metal wall panel with inset LED lighting which creates a great focal point from inside the property. Four large cylindrical containers sit on a purpose built plinth, each with its own downlighter. Additional planting includes grasses, ferns, euphorias and mahonia.
We were contacted by the clients to upgrade an area of their garden after they had completed a substantial remodelling project to their home.
The design for this garden includes a circular seating area with built in planters formed from GRP and Sapele hardwood, a pleasing blend of grey porcelain and clay pavers, Corten steel panels and a steel wall set into the cedar screening with artificial green walls. Pleached Hornbeams with an underplanting of Yew keep it simple with additional grasses, ferns and container planting. A Wwoo concrete kitchen adds sleek style for outdoor Cooking (see our blog page for more details on this) Remote control LED lighting make the garden useable well after dark.
Building this 5th floor Central London roof garden had extreme challenges so project management was vital for this penthouse roof terrace in South Kensington.
The roof terrace itself is actually two roofs divided by a row of chimneys with an opening between to form two separate areas. We further divided this space to give a relaxation area with jacuzzi, sofas and low coffee table to one side and a kitchen/dining area with lawn area and play zone for the children to the other side. This also included a golf putting green within the artificial lawn.
Creating a roof terrace garden can be challenging with many problems to overcome - Getting materials up there being the main one! For this build a furniture hoist was used to enable easy delivery of all our products and materials in just a few hours.
GRP planters we used throughout to provide privacy and consistency to the scheme and planted with Greselinia littoralis, a tough, quick growing evergreen shrub from New Zealand providing a green barrier and backdrop to the terraces. Millboard decking in two colours was chosen for the flooring, a perfect choice for roof terraces with its great looks and easy care nature. We designed a bespoke Cooking zone with built in BBQ and rotisserie, granite counter top with sink, outdoor fridge and stainless steel storage cupboards. Artificial green wall panels were fitted to the lounge side of the chimneys with a small central water feature.
This Architect designed property had an existing roof terrace and a lower balcony level with access from the living room. We were commissioned to design usable decked area to both spaces. The main roof space had access via a spiral staircase which opened out onto the roof. Here we designed hardwood deck areas and a cantilevered hardwood pergola over the built in seating area. Medite Tricoya Extreme (MTX) A modified timber panel product was used to create built in planters and screening panels to the rear of the pergola. Olive trees, cordylines, box and grasses were used for a simple but effective planting combination.
The main feature of this garden design was a large water feature. The face was clad in porcelain sheet set off against rugged slate side panels, the two materials in complete contrast with each other. Internal lighting provided dramatic viewing at night from the double outlet supply. Pleached trees underplanted with a Yew hedge and simple box balls provide simplistic planting.