This family have lived in this East London Courtyard for many years. Although small, they wanted to make the most of it, provoding them with an extra room for all of them to enjoy.

East London Courtyard in need of some pizazz

East London Courtyard in need of some pizazz

The Brief

This east London courtyard currently has little of interest to offer and is in need of a revamp. It has brick walls along both side boundaries which offer little privacy. The higher back wall is overgrown with ivy. The whole space is currently paved and the client has a freestanding table and chairs for dining.

Our garden designer packs a lot in

Our garden designer packs a lot in

The WOW factor

The client wishes to create an exciting and exhilarating space that all the family to enjoy. It is the last project to be undertaken on the renovation of the house, and they would like it to have ‘wow’ factor.

Using the gardens longest plain stretches the space

Using the gardens longest plain stretches the space

Integrated Benches

The design features two large fixed benches installed at a 45 degree angle to ‘stretch’ the perspective of the garden and make it appear larger. The first will be deep enough to function as a daybed, with a hinged lid to allow for storage of cushions underneath.

Fixed bench make the most efficient use of space

Fixed bench make the most efficient use of space

Storage

The second bench will be open underneath to allow storage of a coffee table to maximise the free space when not in use. The bench seats will be backed by raised beds at the same height as the benches, which will be constructed from facer panels of stainless steel with a marine ply backing.

The table is stored under the bench to free up space

The table is stored under the bench to free up space

Archway and swing

Height will be added to the garden with the inclusion of a chunky oak timber arch, also on a 45° angle. This structure will also enable inclusion of overhead lighting and allow the client to add a swing chair. The back wall will be cleared of all ivy, rendered and painted to create a smooth backdrop to the space. The centre of the back wall will be adorned with a decorative metal tile panel, with evergreen climbers planted either side to soften the whole look.

A bold archway across the space allows for a swing to be hung when needed

A bold archway across the space allows for a swing to be hung when needed

Privacy

To aid privacy, slatted timber panels will be fixed to the top of the right hand boundary wall. Flooring in the space will be in a light grey sandstone plank laid at a 45° angle to the house to further stretch the garden’s perspective. The paving will be bisected by a stainless steel water rill fed by pipe fixed to the raised bed.

Detail in the paving adds interest

Detail in the paving adds interest

Outdoor cooking

A pizza oven will be placed in the bottom left hand corner of the garden. There will be a counter top fixed to the back wall and the timber arch to allow pizza preparation. The existing steps from garden to back door will be replaced with a new staircase constructed from a softwood timber frame with hardwood planks for steps and risers. The landing adjoining the back door will be slightly widened and extended to allow the client to place a seat. The planting scheme will be strong and architectural including cypress sempervivum skyrockets to add height and box balls to punctuate the lower area. Long flowering herbaceous perennials and climbers will help to soften the scheme

An outdoor pizza oven adds any extra dimension

An outdoor pizza oven adds any extra dimension

East London Courtyard design needed?

If you need a design for your East London Courtyard or garden please get in touch to start the process of getting the garden space that works for you.

Strong lines, bold arches and vibrant colours create the themes

Strong lines, bold arches and vibrant colours create the themes

 

 

Inspiration comes from Lego, Elbow album and Aladdin Sane

Inspiration comes from Lego, Elbow album and Aladdin Sane

Elevations are shown in the scale plan

Elevations are shown in the scale plan

Visuals show the themes of the garden

Visuals show the themes of the garden

 

 

 

Planting features evergreens as well as herbs

Planting features evergreens as well as herbs