The client needed a stylish garden design to complement their maisonette in North London. They were due to get married, and were planning to start a family and wanted to ensure that the garden was as child friendly as possible.

North London garden design

A stylish North London garden design

A garden on different levels

Trapdoor storage

Trapdoor storage is a sneaky way to store garden bits and pieces

The garden had many different levels. Katrina wanted to unify the space by limiting the amount of steps, and where possible creating a flat surface. Storage was also an issue, so Katrina decided to play to the garden’s strengths and suggested trapdoor storage with a thumb-hook lift. Each of the decking spaces that were above the main ground level in the garden, were to become trapdoor storage trunks.

A courtyard approach

Decking would create a platform outside the house, with decking steps down from the left-hand side containing the trapdoor storage. The large area of decking filled a quarter of the garden and was suitable for a small table and chairs. Porcelain tiles bisected this and filled the rest of the garden, leading to a planting border around the edge.

Beautiful boundaries

The existing fences were tatty and unforgiving. Katrina suggested that a timber-slatted fence replace it to create a slick, unified feel to the garden. In the back left-hand corner, a pergola would be built with a laser-cut Corten steel panel forming an elegant roof. This would create privacy from the neighbours on the left-hand side, which was overlooked by a balcony.

A safe space for children

Corten steel wall

A Corten steel wall with planting to soften the effect

To prevent children from falling over the edge of the main patio, Katrina suggested a Corten steel wall, with a planting bed in front. Three planters were to be positioned in front of this wall to add winter colour, as well as create a beautiful vista of the garden from the lower-ground floor bedroom.

If you are looking for stylish garden design in London and the south-east of England, book your free garden design consultation now by contacting Katrina and Matt on 01702 597587 or email us at

This garden build is due to start April 2018, please follow it progress on our facebook page or check out the Pinterest Board