This city garden, in the heart of London, was transformed into a modern, clean and stylish outdoor space for a family with young twin girls to safely enjoy.
Large porcelain tiles in the centre of the garden and clever lighting create a clean space that is well lit, so the area can be used for entertaining no-matter what the weather, day or night.
Plants are housed around the perimeter of the garden in raised beds that also act as low back rests for a large U-shaped floating cedar bench.
LARGE LAWNED GARDEN
At over half an acre, this expansive garden in the picturesque village of Totteridge, on the edge of London, was a fantastic space to work in.
The house had been recently refurbished by a professional couple with a young family and the garden was designed to compliment the new interior whilst creating play and entertaining outdoor spaces for the growing family.
A hazardous old outdoor swimming pool was removed and an overgrown woodland area at the rear of the garden was reclaimed, incorporating pathways and a small wildflower meadow.
PAVED CITY GARDEN
The garden at the rear of this new-build five bedroom house in Chiswick, west London, was split over two levels, a main garden and a basement courtyard.
The main garden was accessed via doors from the kitchen and, being the larger of the two areas, designed to provide a generous dining area with lush planting.
Several air conditioning units which service the property were cleverly disguised by creating slatted cedar screen storage units along one of the garden walls, partly hidden by more dense planting.
The lower courtyard, accessed via a Yorkstone spiral staircase, has a curved wall of black polished pebbles and basalt sets.
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Our passion for gardens combines an appreciation for architecture, design and our natural
environment. In this modern age, where space is in short supply, we feel it's crucial that we embrace
nature by transforming gardens into havens of tranquillity which complement the environment.
Karat was founded by Jean-Paul Karat. While working with some of the most prestigious garden designers in the UK, Jean-Paul discovered that there was room for a more personal service in the industry: one that combines outstanding design and craftsmanship with open communication.
At Karat, we are able to use our garden design and constriction skills, while listening to and embracing our clients requirements and style. We are meticulous in our approach to each project, from conception through to completion, to ensure that we produce the finest gardens.
Our focus is to create stunning outdoor spaces, whatever their size or shape. We work on gardens of all sizes, from small city courtyards to large country estates.
The 4 steps below explain the process for creating your new garden
The process begins with a complimentary consultation on site to discuss your garden in detail, including your desired layout and planting preferences.
You may know exactly how you want the garden to look and feel or you may not know where to begin. Either way, we will be able to give you ideas and advice at this meeting on what can be achieved and explain how various options for you garden can be implemented.
The consultation will be followed up with a detailed proposal highlighting all the points discussed.
Following the initial consultation, we arrange for one of our in-house qualified garden designer to visit you at your own convenience. Here, we discuss possibilities within your space and how to best fullfill its potential based on your preferences (e.g. traditional, contemporary, low maintenance, child-friendly, etc.) We take any preferred planting and hard landscaping materials mentioned in the initial consultation into consideration (e.g. timber, stone, etc.) We also discuss the practical and aesthetic value of landscaping surfaces,selecting the best ones to suit your environment.
When you’ve approved the design, it’s time to commence construction. This is an exciting part of the journey, where the garden gradually begins to take shape. Timings naturally vary from project to project, however, each is built with the same care and attention by our
dedicated team of skilled
craftsmen who all share a passion for perfection. Using our hands-on approach and ensuring we keep regular contact with you, we can guarantee that this, often challenging phase, of the project is dealt with seamlessly
and to the agreed timings.
This is the final, magical stage, where everything comes together. The choice and shape of plants plays a big part in your garden’s atmosphere. The colour and texture provided by plant combinations, coupled with the design scheme which adds form and texture, truly transform your space. Moreover,hand-picked fragrant plants have a mesmerising effect on the senses.
Before we leave you to enjoy your new space, we offer extensive advice on caring for your new garden day-to-day and of course, we are just a phone-call away if you ever need us.