My clients had a lot of big plans to change their garden, the main purpose being a garden for entertaining.
The patio immediately adjacent to the house was too small for a large table, so needed enlarging and the client wanted a number of social spaces around the garden, connected by paths. Key inclusions were to be a seating area with a fire pit, a deck with a large garden room with a small outdoor kitchen and a pizza oven. Most importantly of all, the garden needed to be very low maintenance, for a busy pair of entrepreneurs who love to travel.
As the project gained momentum it was clear that this was a larger project and would need to be completed in a number phases. The deck and the garden/kitchen room would be phase two after the underground garage had been completed.
I designed 4 distinct areas: a patio that wrapped around the house giving easy access from the barbecue and wine store, to the entertaining spaces. A circular seating space with a central fire pit, surrounded by planted raised beds. A Central garden area, with some simple beds, and an artificial lawn. Lastly the deck area that will house the garden room.
After some discussion regarding materials the clients agreed on Indian sandstone paving, and red bricks to match the house for the raised beds and retaining walls, some slate chippings were also used to create softer walkways between areas. Some remaining porcelain tiles from the conservatory were used to pave the area to the side of the conservatory.
To make the garden complete lighting and speakers has been installed to highlight the gardens features and to create ambience.