Claire called Earth Designs. They live on the Isle of Dogs and have an east London garden in need of attention. They had a small child and needed to give thier outside space a drastic overhaul. The boundary wall was failing and it was unusuable as a space. Claire commissioned a design package for the east London garden space and then saved for a year before commissing the build. The build is due to start in Oct 2017 and you can follow the progress on our Facebook page.

East London garden in need of a revamp

East London garden in need of a revamp

The Brief

The garden of this east London terraced house is in need of modernisation. It is currently overshadowed by several overgrown trees. The period boundary walls are traditional yellow stock London brick, and are in a state of disrepair but carry an authentic charm. The client would like the new design to include elements of play for her daughter, plus provision for relaxation and entertaining family and friends.

Sketch of ideas for this East London garden

Sketch of ideas for this East London garden

 

Bricks and mortar

This design aims to offer something for all members of the family. The main flooring material in the garden will be Calendula Grey Indian sandstone paving installed in a random pattern. A paved pathway, bordered by planting beds on either side, will run along the sideway to a small patio adjoining the back of the house. Adjacent to this patio will be a small strip of decking, which will in turn leading to a further sandstone patio on the left side of the middle section of the garden and an artificial lawn on the right.

Space is carved up with different materials

Space is carved up with different materials

Plants in the garden

The decked area will feature two raised planters which will bisect each other in a cross formation, with decking running up the sides of the parallel planter as a decorative feature.

Planting is varied, evergreens and herbaceous perennials offer year round interest.

Planting is varied, evergreens and herbaceous perennials offer year round interest.

Spaces to entertain and relax

A rendered block planter on the left hand side of the garden will feature an inglenook-style seat constructed from railway sleepers to provide a secluded area where the user will be surrounded by planting.A tall raised bed with deep fixed bench seating will be constructed along the rear boundary which will be suitable for informal lounging and seating for dining. A railway station trolley table offers an unique twist to the space, with a gateleg table offering dining solutions when needed.

Inglenook seating plus a daybed with storage

Inglenook seating plus a daybed with storage

 

A folding table and chairs frees up floor space when not in use.

A folding table and chairs frees up floor space when not in use.

Dining for 6.

Dining for 6.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Suitable for all the family

The artificial lawn on the right of the garden will be enclosed by a timber pergola and will feature a small decked ‘daybed’ in the back right corner. A small sandpit beneath the daybed will be accessed by a flip-top decking lid. A weatherproof blackboard installed on the boundary wall in this area will provide further entertainment for the client’s children.

Flip top storage and sandpit extends the gardens use.

Flip top storage and sandpit extends the gardens use.

If you have a east London garden you would like to give a make over to, please contact our team on info@earthdesigns.co.uk and they will book you a slot.

Inspiration comes from Tetris, Speak and Spell and Kandinsky.

Inspiration comes from Tetris, Speak and Spell and Kandinsky.

 

Raised planters, intergrated seating and inbuilt storage all feature in the space.

Raised planters, intergrated seating and inbuilt storage all feature in the space.

East London garden scale plan

East London garden scale plan

A variety of seating allows for different states in the garden

A variety of seating allows for different states in the garden

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planting is full of texture and long flowering blooms

Planting is full of texture and long flowering blooms