Essex Garden Design Diary WOTB wk34 2015

Katrina attended four design consultations on Sunday and contracted three new designs as a result. It seems everyone was looking for a London Garden Designer The first was for a roof garden in Essex. The client bought the property near Romford a few years ago and has renovated the interior to their taste and style and is now turning their attention to the underused roof terrace. Katrina sketched a concept based on curves with extensive planting to create a space to be used by the client on her own or to socialise with friends from her Bridge Club.

The second design is for a client who our London Garden Designer seeking a modern garden design in Hackney, East London. He has recently purchased the property and has grand plans for the interior. He wants to ensure he does not neglect the exterior space in his renovation works. Katrina produced a concept which is very modern, both functional and aesthetically stimulating with provision for his two children when they visit at the weekends. The main dining area will be near the house, with a second patio at the back of the garden to catch the evening sun.

Third client looking for a London Garden Designer was in North London is after a space that includes elements of Japanese garden design without the ongoing maintenance work that traditional Japanese gardens typically require. Katrina produced a relatively low-maintenance concept containing shade loving plants, with the various components of the design all on a 45° angle to the house to create the illusion of length and space. A multitude of textures and materials blend together to compliment a planting scheme is that is simple, fresh and elegant.

Katrina also attended a consultation in Leigh-on-Sea on Friday. The clients bought the property 18 months ago and wish to renovate the exterior garden as they have a house extension planned for later in the year. They have a limited budget, so would like to concentrate on improving the area closest to the house. They enjoy entertaining and would like to do so in their garden more often, so the design should include areas and elements conducive to social gatherings, including outdoor heaters to enable night-time use.

Katrina received a lovely email this week from client who we produced a design for a couple of years ago. They self-built their garden earlier in the year and called in Earth Designs to install the plants a couple of months ago: “It’s in bloom – hard to believe it was only planted this year! We adore it. Thanks so much!’

Katrina presented the garden design in Brentwood on Tuesday. The clients commissioned Earth Designs to create a family-friendly scheme for their detached property. The front garden needs parking space for at least three vehicles and easy pedestrian access to the busy road beyond. The expansive rear garden requires a large patio spanning the back of the house, terraced to combat several level differences between the garden and the house entrances. A large lawn allows for football games while a bespoke timber play centre, screened from the rest of the garden by a line of mature pleached trees, caters for the younger members of the family. The client is now in discussions with Matt regarding revisions to the scope of works and quote.

Our Thorpe Bay garden build continues with further clearance and the beginning of construction. Foundations have been laid for both the feature wall and fireplace, and some posts have been installed for the screens, arches and seating area. A large amount of waste and construction materials have been transported in and out the garden.

The planting and other cosmetic work has been done at the West Hampstead courtyard garden build. We are awaiting delivery of a large fibreglass planter and will return to complete the last few outstanding bits of finishing and snagging once it arrives.