The Drawing Room Garden
This small walled garden has sound, attractive sandstone paving throughout. However, due to lack of planting the space has a school yard/car park feel to it and is walled on three sides. Although the garden is east facing it does get quite a lot of sun and is generally warm due to the heat generated by a neighbouring. Access is an issue as the property is a basement flat located on a ‘red route’ into central London.
The clients have eclectic taste and are comfortable with juxtaposing different styles within the garden. They like colour and intend to use the space for entertaining. There is an existing, well-constructed shed which is to be retained and improved.
The overall layout of this small urban space will not change in the re-design. The existing paving will be cleaned and slabs removed from around the edge of the upper level to accommodate flush planting beds. The roof of the existing shed will be covered with luxury artificial turf to improve its appearance and add a dash of colour to the space, and the shed will be moved to face into the main section of the garden. A large box pergola will be constructed in the centre of the space from green oak timber, from which will hang a series of silver aluminium chain link curtains to form a fluid decorative ‘wall’. The client’s existing table and chairs will be placed inside this structure to create a unusual and intimate area for alfresco dining.
The existing wooden daybed will be moved to the rear left of the space and a bespoke water feature constructed against the rear wall. This feature will be based on a traditional fireplace, to give this section of the garden a ‘living room’ ambiance. Constructed from chunky sections of green oak timber, the feature will comprise a stainless steel water blade mounted on the fireplace ‘mantle’ from which water will cascade into a cobble dressed reservoir in the flower bed below. The alcove above the mantle will feature a section of powder-coated stainless steel outdoor wallpaper on a Perspex backdrop. Taking pride of place above this will be a life-sized moose head light, formed from poly-resin and lit from within to create an eye-catching talking point.
The right hand boundary wall will be adorned with a series of bespoke trellis screens of various dimensions. Fashioned from stainless steel mesh mounted on green oak ‘noggins’ to raise the screens away from the wall, the screens will provide a unique frame upon which climbing plants can be trained.