Earth Designs has a long established name as a Walthamstow Landscaper. Jan contacted us having seen a few local companies to see if we could deliver a creative solution to her terrace garden. She had some practical requirements but wanted a space for her and her young daughter to enjoy.

 

Walthamstow landscaper required to transform the space

Walthamstow landscaper required to transform the space

Walthamstow Landscaper Brief

The client has lived in this house for number of years. She has an eight-year-old daughter who likes to climb and would like to make provision for this in the space. She is looking to unify the office at the end of the garden with the house, and also wishes to ensure that she has a nice view onto the space. The brick walls are sound and the area to the left of the office is a good area for storing bikes.

Garden sketch for E17 garden

Garden sketch for E17 garden

The Big idea

The new garden layout will benefit from two seating areas. Directly outside the patio doors will be a Modak Indian sandstone patio laid in a random pattern. This will be large enough to accommodate an outdoor rattan sofa and chairs. Cutting into this patio and leading down the centre of the garden will be a hardwood decking walkway with a step up in the middle to allow for the height difference at the back.

Garden divided into areas for different purposes

Garden divided into areas for different purposes

The focal point

Installed in the upper section of this walkway will be a 300mm wide stainless steel water rill. This rill will be fed by a stainless steel water blade set into a slate V-tile clad feature wall. The rill will in turn feed into a pebble filled channel in the lower section of decking where the water will recirculate to the water blade.
A large Trachycarpus fortunei placed on the corner of the patio will create a focal point to the space.

A water blade and rill provide a jaw dropping focal point

A water blade and rill provide a jaw dropping focal point

For the children

Towards the rear of the main garden a “monkey bar” pergola will be installed parallel with the span of the existing building, with decked block steps constructed behind the feature wall to allow access to the bars above. Underneath the pergola a strip of artificial lawn will provide a soft landing.

Monkey bars make provision for the younger members of the family

Monkey bars make provision for the younger members of the family

Screened area

A second smaller Indian sandstone patio will run along the front of the building at the back. A decorative moulded timber screen fixed vertically to the pergola behind the feature wall will create a secret area behind in which the client’s daughter can play. It will also serve to screen the storage area from the rest of the garden. A cargo net installed on the other side of the pergola will offer additional opportunity for climbing and play.

A screen hides away any areas in the garden not to be seen

A screen hides away any areas in the garden not to be seen

Planting scheme

Planting in the garden will be mainly whites and yellows with the odd splash of orange. Tropical leaves, silvery evergreens, long flowering perennials and tall yellow spires will provide a full planting scheme with year round interest.

Strong architectural plants are softened with flowering perinneals

Strong architectural plants are softened with flowering perinneals

Earth Designs was founded in E17 and we are one of the leading Walthamstow Landscaping companies. To see more images of this garden please look at the Pinterest board and to see it’s progress please check out the album on our Facebook page. If you live in East London and need a garden revamp why not get in touch.

 

 

Bento boxes, Lego and Escher influence the design

Bento boxes, Lego and Escher influence the design

Timber and paving carve up the space into blocks

Timber and paving carve up the space into blocks

A scale plan of the space helps Jan visualise the space

A scale plan of the space helps Jan visualise the space

 

 

Visuals tell the story of the garden

Visuals tell the story of the garden

 

Strong architectural evergreens with softer flowering perennials

Strong architectural evergreens with softer flowering perennials