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The brief from this young professional couple was to open out the messy, overgrown and somewhat claustrophobic garden in their recently acquired property. We were to create a terrace with built in seating for entertaining and dining at the sunny far end of the garden that would be linked to the house with a new lawn.
This was our second project for this client, after installing a bespoke steel awning and made to measure softwood trellis panels in the back garden some 18 months ago. This time, we were called back to construct a wooden deck on the second floor roof terrace.
The garden of this mews property in South West Kensington was crying out for some attention, having been left to grow unchecked for a number of years, resulting in what was a once open and airy garden, turned to a dark corridor of over grown climbers and Ivies.
The main thrust of the brief was to replace the shingle with dark grey riven sandstone paving, replace the lawns with a high quality artificial product and the old privet for new laurel hedging. An identical low voltage lighting system to that used in the back garden would finally be added to illuminate the new planting and permanent features, as well as an irrigation system.
Whilst this was not the biggest garden in the world, just two days work has revitalised what was a rather tired space. The old lawn was completely full of weeds and moss, as well as having a track worn around the outside as a result of the client tending her flowerbeds.
The clients selected sawn edged, polished sandstone, as these characteristics would best provide a contemporary link to their kitchen extension and was duly laid at either end of the garden in two sizes.
This was a fairly straightforward project in North East London, which involved removing the old surface and laying a new one. The old paving had just been laid on a base of sand which in turn had been laid on a brick and rubble hardcore layer filled inside a retaining wall on this built up terrace.
This project shows exactly how much can be achieved with a fairly conservative budget and a bit of thought. The two clients who shared this unusual L shaped garden had not used it because they were unhappy with its lay out.
This was a fairly straightforward project, replacing a 16m run of fencing, which had been knocked down by a car that had lost control. However it does perfectly demonstrate the flexibility of feather edge fencing.