GARDEN DESIGN IN CHELMSFORD
The client has lived in the house for a number of years and is currently renovating parts of the house. A keen gardener with an inherited garden, she is struggling to see what works in the space and where she should begin with regard to re- styling the garden. The client installed a pond a year or so ago which she would like to retain in the design. Directly outside the back door there is a small area before the garden levels up. The client would like to increase the size of this space to allow for a larger table when entertaining and socialising with friends. She would also like to ‘grow her own’ and to this end has a greenhouse and raised bed at the bottom of the garden. The house is Edwardian and the client is keen to reflect the age and style of the house in the final design.
The space has been divided into three distinct sections. The area directly outside the back door will be laid with attractive hardwood decking and will serve as a utility area and possible site for the BBQ when entertaining. An impressive timber structure constructed in the centre of the space will form the garden’s main focus. This pergola will be clad with horizontal deck boards at one end to create a ‘wall’ to obscure the troublesome outlet pipe. The cladding will continue across 1/3rd of the roof to offer shade to a dining area below.
The floor beneath the structure will be paved with sandstone slabs, upon which will stand a bespoke table and bench seats. One end of the table and bench seats will be attached to the timber clad ‘wall’, while the other end will be supported by legs. The timber pergola will also house a tall stainless steel water feature. As well as creating an aesthetic focus from within the house, the sound of water gently cascading down this polished metal wall will help to mask the noise from the heating outlet pipe on the left hand boundary. Decorative aluminium chain curtains hanging from the cross beams of the pergola will give the structure a shimmering, fluid appearance and increase the sense of privacy and enclosure within.
The client also has the option to erect a shade sail over the exposed section of the pergola roof should they wish. The bottom left of the garden, which gets the last of the afternoon sun, will accommodate a rattan sofa and chairs on a decking patio for more informal, relaxed entertaining. Planting beds around the boundaries will feature architectural specimen plants interspersed with tall planters containing box balls to give the garden a strong sculptural feel. Large and funky globe lights hanging within the pergola will add to the Scandinavian retro atmosphere, while an adult swing with a leaf shaped seat will bring a dose of fun to the space.