Grow a Friendly Space


This small enclosed garden has a mishmash of boundaries of varying heights and finishes. The left hand side of the space benefits from the most sunlight and the client is keen to structure the space to make the most of this. The clients like the appearance of natural timber which should be reflected in the design. They are also keen to disguise the harsh, angular shape of the space and create a more aesthetically pleasing view from inside the house.


The flooring will comprise large squares laid in a grid pattern, bisected by a hardwood decking walkway running through the middle of the space from the house to the rear boundary. The decking will continue up the rear boundary fence, to create a backdrop for a freestanding outdoor shower walkway but then runs up the wall of hardwood decking. A freestanding outside shower will be included on this decking at the far wall. The remainder of the rear boundary will be clad with sheets of opaque Perspex ‘Naturals’ to the right and Corten weathered steel panels to the left. The Perspex and steel panels will be decorated with a series of hardwood battens installed across the front. The left-hand boundary will be clad with Shousiban Charred Timber boards, which will continue around onto the rear boundary fence. The existing wisteria will be trained on wires to establish along both boundaries.

The right-hand corner of the garden will feature a concrete block raised bed finished with Design Clad large format porcelain sheets, constructed to the same height as the existing gravel boards.

To the front of this bed will be an L-shaped bench constructed from a hollow coloured fibreglass base with a hinged hardwood timber waterproof top to provide a small amount of storage in the space. The right-hand boundary will be clad with hardwood timber slats with a matching bespoke gate installed on the entrance to the narrow sideway for the client to store a folding table and chairs.

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