Earth Designs have years of experience working on all kinds of garden design in Loughton. We are a skilled and reliable team of local garden designers and landscapers. On this page, we will take you through the process of designing specifically a modern family garden in Loughton.

Garden Design in Loughton


The clients have recently bought this detached property with a large garden. It is split into two levels, with a terrace adjoining the back of the house. Wide steps lead from the terrace down to the main section of the garden, which is currently mainly laid to lawn with planting beds around the edge.

The interior of the property is currently being renovated and the client wishes to similarly update the exterior space. Part of the interior renovations includes the construction of a glass cube extension on the right hand side of the upper terrace.

The clients would like a stylish and modern family garden design which offers opportunity for entertaining, dining and relaxation, with provision for a play area for their children.


In the new design, the existing steps to the upper terrace will be removed and new steps constructed to the left hand side of the terrace.

A glass balustrade will be installed along the top of the terrace wall for safety. The floor tiles on the terrace will be replaced with honed and filled cream Travertine paving.

Travertine will also be used to face steps and risers of the new stairs. The lower area of the garden will retain a large central lawn, around which will run a travertine path.

A rendered raised bed directly in front of the steps, planted with Remembrance roses, will frame the view as one enters the space.

A bespoke children’s climbing frame will be constructed along the left hand boundary. Built from sturdy pressure treated timber, it will feature a tunnel, climbing net, chunky rope ‘curtains’ and a slide.

To the right of the relocated steps in the lower garden will be a water feature comprising three stainless steel spouts set in the terrace retaining wall, which pour into a pebble dressed reservoir below.

The path itself will lead around the lawn to a bespoke pergola towards the rear of the garden. To the right of the pergola will be a rendered raised bed, with a further low raised bed along the back boundary left unplanted for the client’s children to use as their own.

Contact us today to discuss your project with our team of experienced modern family garden designers!

With our years of experience working on a variety of gardens both locally and nationally, we can offer a specialised, tailored design including Small Garden, Rooftop Garden, Ornamental Garden, Modern Garden, Cottage Garden, Formal Garden, Contemporary Garden, Courtyard Garden, Japanese Garden and Mediterranean Garden Design.


All of our gardens are designed on an individual basis to fit your personality and lifestyle.