PAVED CITY GARDEN
This valuable outdoor space at the rear of a new build five bedroom house presented a few design challenges that were cleverly overcome to create a chic and welcomingly lush garden.
Split over two levels, the main garden leads down to a compact but visually interesting basement courtyard via a curved winding staircase that has been clad with sawn York stone to match the upper patio area. Lush planting against rendered garden walls really stands out against the soft colours of the hard landscaping.
Boundary walls were heightened with the addition of square trellis, and poor brickwork was covered with a coat of painted render to lighten the overall feel of the garden. A sawn York stone patio gives ample room for an outdoor dining table and chairs whilst maintaining a generous access route to the basement courtyard.
Brick capping was used on top of newly rendered walls throughout the garden to match the bricks used to construct the house. Recessed step lights were installed in the curved the walls to highlight the bluenosed York stone steps down to the basement.
Pollished black pebbles have been used to create texture and interest on the main curved courtyard wall, whilst black basalt setts in a circular pattern around a central water feature bowl provide a hard-wearing patio surface.
Although not part of the main garden, a small roof terrace housing two large roof lights was planted with wildflowers and sedum to provide a low maintenance roof garden to enhance the view from the master bedroom window.