Contemporary London Garden Design Diary Week 2 2014

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Katrina continues work on a complicated London Garden Design  The client is confined to a pool during his waking hours as pain relief using aqua therapy for a back injury. One half of the house is a nursery used daily by up to 10 children. The garden is a very awkward shape with several levels and slopes. It is also very overgrown. The client has a long list of requirements including rainwater harvesting, self-sufficient kitchen gardening and low maintenance, making the brief a challenge to fulfil.

Matt finished his garden build in Essex. The small garden has been re-paved and includes a small area of decking. This week, to finish, the team installed a small shed and posts for a weatherproof shade sail. The client has asked us to return in the spring to install some plants to complete the landscaping.

The site survey was completed for the garden design in Essex. The clients have commissioned a front and back garden design for this property on the Essex-London border. They currently live in Austria but travel between London and Austria several times a year and use their London base as a place to relax as a family. The design will need to be low maintenance, attractive and usable by the entire family throughout the year.


Matt starts phase 3 of the London Garden Design and Build in Walthamstow this week. The main focus of this phase is to build a hardwood decking enclosure around the very large existing pond filter to both hide the unsightly workings of the filter and provide a raised platform for sunbathing, etc. The client has also asked us to render the visible faces of the brick built raised pond and replace the current sandstone coping with deck boards. Other work to complete in this phase is lighting installation and the erection of rusted iron screens along one side of the raised bed we constructed in phase 2. The final phase of the project – planting and lawn – will take place in the spring.

Matt has prepared a quote to replace a wall for a previous garden design and build client in east London. The recent high winds put pressure on a fence attached to a very run-down Victorian garden wall at the property which caused the wall to collapse. The client will be moving house in February, so asked us to remove and replace the broken wall before they go.

London Garden Design Diary pinboard week 2

We have also received another quote request from a second past client for damage caused by the recent storms. Several old fence panels in his mother’s garden were blown over, so the client has asked for a quote to replace posts and panels along the entire length.

Katrina has been out and about this week gathering in garden design ideas. She visited the Isabella Blow exhibition on at Somerset house to inspire her for some fresh concepts for her garden designs.