Garden design hotline #8:

Can you create me a Hackney garden?

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Katrina, senior designer at Earth Designs, went to visit a client in Homerton, East London, where a Hackney garden design was required. They had carried out extensive renovations to the house, and with bifold doors on the back of the property, they were now looking to create a spectacular backdrop.

Hackney garden design ideas sketch

The sketch for the Hackney garden design

Changing levels

The client had lowered the house’s ground floor level below that of the garden, where a retaining wall faced the kitchen. Katrina suggested integrated bench seats with a flip-top lid to accommodate some of the storage. The existing split in levels was kept as it was a nice proportional split across the space.

Garden storage solutions

As well as the flip-top bench seats, Katrina suggested that they use a folding table and chairs that could be stored on the garden wall when not in use. At the back of the garden, a huge imposing wall formed the boundary. Katrina proposed creating a clean line for a backdrop and turn this boundary into a large storage cupboard. Timber slatted doors would hide shallow cupboards suitable for storing a bike as well as excess household stuff.

Bold and bright

graffiti art hackney garden design

Graffiti art can make a dull garden wall explode with colour

Katrina suggested that the existing breeze-block wall along one length of the garden be painted a dark grey, as well as the brick wall on the opposite side. This would help to create a more unified vision. For the lower-terrace brick wall, a mounted outdoor canvas or piece of commissioned graffiti would add a punchy splash of colour, with fibreglass planters housing phormiums positioned in front. The client could then accessorise the space with pieces of statement furniture and a fire pit.

Build works are due to start on this garden in April 2018. To follow its progress please visit ‘Hackney Garden Design ‘ on our Facebook page or dig deeper and look at the Pinterest board

If you live in London or the south-east of England book your free garden design consultation now by contacting Katrina and Matt on 01702 597587 or email us at