London Garden Design Before Shot 1

London Garden Design Before Shot 1

A London garden design for a young professional male.  This plot is a medium sized family garden in a mid-terrace Victorian property. The client is a professional architect, who is currently renovating the interior of the property to high specifications. The design of the exterior space should reflect the style of the interior renovations while making it accessible to the entire family. It should include a children’s play area yet avoid placing play equipment in a prominent and visible position. There is a large tree in the bottom left corner of the space which should also be considered in the design. The left hand boundary of the space is currently open, along which the client will be constructing a yellow London stock brick wall prior to work commencing on the garden.

The design fuses elements of formal English gardens and Japanese landscape design, to create a simple yet stylish layout to the space. The garden is divided into two distinct areas on two levels, with a Japanese-inspired screen towards the end of the space forming a focal point to the garden.

The area directly adjoining the house will be laid with white porcelain tiles (to be supplied by the client) edged with black granite setts, which will act as a continuation of the interior flooring. Stretching the width of the space and extending from the house by 3 metres, this paving will offer ample space for al fresco breakfasting or dining. Six ‘cut-outs’ in the paving, arranged in a line across the space and planted with 30cm buxus sempervirens (box ball) will give this area an added air of grace and poise.

The middle portion of the garden will contain a formal rectangular lawn edged with black granite setts. A shallow bed running down the left hand side of the lawn will elegantly planted with alternating buxus sempervirens and stipa gigantica, to create a simple planting pattern in keeping with the formal styling of the space.

London Garden Design Before Shot 2

London Garden Design Before Shot 2

To the right of the space, adjoining the paved area, a 1.5m – 2.0m long bench seat, constructed from new railway sleepers and backed by a railway sleeper planter containing 3m high Phyllostachys Aurea (bamboo), will offer opportunity for contemplation, relaxation or informal entertaining. Behind this bench/planter combination, decked steps will lead up to a balustraded decking walkway (approx. 50cm high) running down the right side of the space. After approximately 4 metres, a second set of steps will take the walkway to approximately 1 metre off the ground. At this height the walkway will dog-leg left into the garden to allow for the inclusion of a railway sleeper seat and raised planter similar to the one at ground level.

Towards the end of the space the walkway will turn left at a 90 degree angle and travel across the space behind a Japanese style screen to terminate in a large square platform beneath the tree in the bottom left of the space. Steps will lead from here down to a rubber-floored children’s play area concealed behind the screen, with a second set of steps running from the platform to the lawn below. A bespoke wooden monkey ladder stretching across the play area will serve as both a climbing frame and a secure structure from which the client may hand a swing, rope and other play items. For extra adventure, the inclusion of an opening in the side of the decking walkway will allow the void beneath the walkway to be used as a tunnel between the play area and the garden proper.

London Garden Design Hackney Plan

London Garden Design Plan

Clearance & Preparation     
Removal of existing turf    
Removal of existing shrubbery/trees where necessary (tree removal by qualified tree surgeon)*
Conditioning of remaining tree(s) by qualified tree surgeon  
Ground preparation    
Waste disposal    
Labour for above    
     
*Assumes Earth Designs to arrange removal of all trees/shrubs necessary to implement the design. If client to arrange removal of trees, budget costs will be adjusted accordingly.
 Please note that it is the client’s responsibilty to inform Earth Designs of any Tree
Preservation Orders currently in force on the property.
     
Paving     
Excavate area to be paved to depth of 175mm – 200mm*  
Lay approx. 32  sq. m. re-enforced concrete @ 150mm thick  
Lay approx. 32  sq. m. tiles in formal grid pattern as per design**  
Grout tiles with flexible exterior floor grout*** (client to specify colour
 
Edge paving with black granite setts    
Install paveable manhole cover    
All materials for above (excluding tiles)    
Disposal of excavated waste    
All labour for above    
     
*Concrete foundation to be laid with 1:100 run-off away from house. Exact depth of excavation and subsequent foundation depth dependant on tile specification and
appropriate method of adhesion 
***Client to specify and supply tiles    
****Assumes client to specify suitable ceramic floor tile. If stone or similar type flooring specified, then 
adhesive and grouting method will differ (i.e. full mortar bed and mortar jointing). Price for either method of adhesion and jointing is comparable.
   
   
Lawn area    
Prepare ground for turfing, including topsoil to dress  
Install approx. 68 sq. m. Grade A turf    
Edge lawn with black granite setts in stretcher course as per design (approx. 36 linear metres)
Materials for above    
Labour for above    
Disposal of excavated waste from edging foundations  
     
Benches and planters    
Construct 1 x railway sleeper seat @ 4000mm (l) x 500mm (w) x 500mm (h) (patio area)
Construct 1 x railway sleeper raised bed @ 4000mm x 500mm x 1000mm (patio area)
Construct 1 x railway sleeper seat @ 1000mm x 500mm x 500mm (decked walkway)
Construct 1 x railway sleeper raised bed @ 2400mm x 500mm x 1500mm* (decked walkway)
     
To comprise:    
New treated softwood railway sleepers (2400mm x 250mm x 125mm)  
All fixings to construct    
Waterproof membrane to line    
Soil to fill beds    
Labour    
     
* Actual height of raised bed above deck level = 0.5m.   
     
Decking (Massandaruba)    
Construct decking walkway 4000mm (l) x 1000mm (w) x 500mm (h)  
Construct decking walkway 10000mm x 1000mm x 1000mm  
Construct decking platform 5000mm x 4000mm x 1000mm  
Construct 2 x sets of decking steps (walkway) as per design  
Construct 2 x sets of decking steps (platform) as per design  
Install balustrade along exposed edge of decking (where necessary)  
Clad walkway, steps and platform with vertical deck boards where necessary  
     
     
To comprise:    
Hardwood posts for frame supports (100mm x 100mm)  
Kiln-dried hardwood beams for frame (150mm x 50mm)  
Kiln-dried hardwood joists for frame (100mm x 50mm)  
Massandaruba deck boards (145mm x 25mm)     
Hardwood balustrade, newel posts and rails (approx. 20m @ 750mm high)  
Concrete for frame support foundations    
Galvanised steel hangers, joist nails and climatek coated rugged structural screws to secure frame
Pheinox Stainless Steel star head screws for boards  
Wood preservative to seal cut ends and protect boards*  
Weed suppressing membrane    
Labour to construct    
     
Notes:    
All boards to be laid with expansion joints of not more than 10mm. All screws to be countersunk.
All structural timber to be planed all round and of an appearance compatible with selected decking
     
     
*Massandaruba and similar hardwoods contain natural preservative oils which protect them from 
the elements and make them resistant to fungal and insect attack. As such they are highly durable
and need no additional protective treatment. However, they will surface-weather over time. Although this 
weathering is not unattractive, if the original appearance of the timber is to be retained, then it must be 
periodically sealed with a clear timber preservative  
     
Japanese style screen    
Construct hardwood timber frame 4000mm (l) x 2000mm (h) to support screen panelling 
Materials to construct    
Labour    
     
     
N.B. This will be a frame only and will be constructed with open compartments to be panelled according 
to the client’s specifications. Client to supply and install all panelling  
     
Children’s play area    
Excavate children’s play area* to depth of 100mm   
Construct wooden border for flush level installation of safety surface  
Lay sub-base of compacted sand    
Install granulated rubber safety matting tiles @ 50mm thick* to cover approx. 30 sq. m**
Disposal of excavated waste    
Construct hardwood ‘monkey frame’ over play area, as per design  
All materials for above    
Labour    
     
*At 50mm thick the flooring provides a critical fall height of 1.6m (i.e. allows safe use of play equipment up 
to this height). This type of safety flooring is very low maintenance, free draining, weather proof and extremely
durable.    
**Includes flooring throughout ‘tunnel’ under decking walkway  
     
Planting    
Plant supply, to comprise:    
21 x buxus sempervirens (box balls) @ 30cm    
17 x stipa gigantica (giant oats)    
Selection of 3m high bamboo to fill railway sleeper planters  
     
Soil conditioner (farmyard manure)    
Bark chip mulch to dress all beds    
Labour to plant