The design seeks to unite the interior with the exterior. The client is considering replacing the interior flooring and to enable flow through to the outdoor paving we would recommend using non-slip porcelain tiles, which have the advantage of universal suitability and a wide range of choice. The paving will be replaced in the area adjoining the back door and extend up the garden to create a larger patio area. To the left of this will be a planting bed containing the existing mahonia. In front of the mahonia in the corner of the bed will be a tall Corten steel fire pit, positioned to provide heat to both sections of paving. In the bed behind the mahonia will be three tall Corten steel decorative panels, which will frame a lower black fibreglass wall in front, which will in turn frame a 600mm cube concrete effect fibreglass planter. This will be planted with the client’s existing palm. The planting bed in this area be dressed with Scottish cobbles. Grey ‘Naturals’ matt textured Perspex panels will be used to clad the fences. To the right of the extended paving the existing box hedge will be removed but the established banana and tree fern will remain. This area will be underplanted and mulched with Scottish cobbles. The patio will be large enough to accommodate sofa style outdoor seating.
The central section of the garden will be laid with a large rectangular artificial lawn. The raised area at the back of the garden will be retained with a new low retaining wall and accessed by a single step on the right-hand side. The raised area will be paved with porcelain tiles to match the area adjoining the house. A bench seat and eclectic mix of furniture can be used to create a second seating area. Another black fibreglass wall and concrete effect fibreglass planter will be installed in a bed in front of the raised area to further tie to the front and back sections of the garden together.
Planting will focus on leaf shape and colour with splashes of yellow. Tropical and slightly retro, the planting has been selected to provide year-round interest.