This Chalkwell garden design needs to transform the space. Not only was it a family garden, but Both clients wanted to work from home. One currently has a workshop for her jewellery design business in the garden, and that needs to remain.

This Chalkwell Garden needs to take a lot of boxes

This Chalkwell Garden needs to take a lot of boxes

 

 

The Brief

The interior of this large detached property has been extensively renovated and the clients are now turning their attention to the garden. One of the clients is a jewellery designer who currently works in a workshop space at the back of the garden. The other would like to work from home more frequently. Therefore they require a new garden office cum workspace large enough to accommodate their needs. They also have two young children so provision for them in the garden would be desirable. Both clients are avid chefs and are keen to create a traditional space with a contemporary twist, that focuses on entertaining and cooking fabulous cuisine. They want to use traditional space with a contemporary twist. The steep level change in the existing decking is very steep, making it difficult to get from the house level to the lower garden, which should be addressed in the redesign.

Dividing the area into zones creates space for everyone

Dividing the area into zones creates space for everyone

Italian inspiration.

The design takes inspiration from the client’s Italian heritage . The overall footprint of the existing decking will remain the same, although the height will be raised so that there is a single step down from the main patio doors. The location of the steps will be moved to the left hand side of the garden and made shallower to enable an easier transition to the lower garden. The existing framework with be modified as necessary and the boards replaced with smooth Yellow Balau hardwood planks.

Tall cypressa sempervirens are the epitome of Italian gardens

Tall cypressa sempervirens are the epitome of Italian gardens

 

A raised deck

A new balustrade, constructed from Yellow Balau hardwood posts and rail with horizontal stainless steel tension wire infill, will be installed around the front edge of the deck to allow a clearer view of the garden beyond. Two grey Perspex panels on the left hand side will give an attractive draft backdrop to a landing area halfway down the steps, which will also make a great spot for a collection of pots and planters.

This Chalkwell Garden design relocates the decking stairs to make it easier to navigate the garden

This Chalkwell Garden design relocates the decking stairs to make it easier to navigate the garden

 

The garden office and workshop

To the left hand side of the lower garden will a large bespoke 10m x 3m garden office structure. The existing conifers will be removed and replaced with a selection of trees with a variety of foliage and texture to create a lighter, less imposing appearance without compromising on privacy.

The garden office and workshop is relocated to the shadier area in the garden

The garden office and workshop is relocated to the shadier area in the garden

 

Extra storage

The front of the decking platform will be clad with Cor-Ten weathered steel panels, with Yellow Balau doors installed at intervals to allow access beneath the decking for storage. The centre of the garden will feature a lawn with Cor-Ten steel edging. A pathway, laid with travertine effect porcelain tiles will run across the garden from the decking steps, then up the garden to a large patio in the bottom right side of the space.

The void space under the decking is put to good use with extra storage allocation

The void space under the decking is put to good use with extra storage allocation

 

Outdoor kitchen

The main focus of the garden will be a large bespoke outdoor kitchen installed on the rear patio. This will comprise a barbecue, sink, chiller/fridge, food preparation area, gas hobs and pizza oven to provide the client with a versatile and comprehensive outdoor cooking area. A large railway sleeper table and bench seats in the centre of the patio will give ample opportunity for dining and entertaining. Cor-Ten steel troughs installed down the centre of the table will allow the client to grow culinary herbs and give ice bucket full shilling drinks on a hot summers day. A flat top tree planted installed through the centre of the table will serve as an unusual and eye-catching canopy.

A fabulous bespoke kitchen creates maximum alfresco dining

A fabulous bespoke kitchen creates maximum alfresco dining

 

Children’s play area

An artificial lawn installed in the back left of the garden will serve as a children’s play area, with a large slide installed over the central planting bed to the main lawn beyond. The paved pathway will return along the front of the garden office, framed by a series of timber arches. The existing fences to the right of the space will be replaced with decorative ‘hit and miss’ fencing.
The main planting beds will contain a selection of evergreen shrubs, herbaceous perennials and tall translucent grasses to delineate the space and create a sense of movement. A planting bed to the right of the space will be packed full of herbs and espalier fruit trees. The back boundary of the space will be front planted with pleached evergreen trees to provide aesthetically appealing screening.

Children’s play area is located behind plants

Children’s play area is located behind plants

If you would like to see how this project develops please keep your eye on the Facebook page ‘garden design for all the family’ or to see what inspired this project you can follow the board on Pinterest ‘Chalkwell garden design’. If you live in London, Essex or the south-east and would like a garden design and build, please do get in touch at info@earthdesigns.co.uk

Some great inspiration here ranging from Bauhaus architecture, Alexander McQueen dresses and Kubus Tupperware

Some great inspiration here ranging from Bauhaus architecture, Alexander McQueen dresses and Kubus Tupperware

 

So much going on in this in talion inspired garden

So much going on in this in talion inspired garden

The scale plan details the Garden layout

The scale plan details the Garden layout

Visualisations drawn onto CAD help the client to see The garden layout

Visualisations drawn onto CAD help the client to see The garden layout

Plants in the garden feature a lot of edible species

Plants in the garden feature a lot of edible species