Client or Designer Brief
The client brief for Almington Street, London N19 was to create a small urban garden which provided a lovely view when looking out from the house and a sanctuary when sitting in the garden.
It was essential that the materials were simple with a mixture of contemporary and traditional styles. The clients wanted a lawn combined with lush planting.
Description of Landscape Before the Project Began
The outside space consisted of flat ground which was raised at the back. There were lots of overgrown plants along with weeds. Old fencing was in need of attention.
There was no access to the garden except through the house. There were issues with the boundary fence. We were required to select a fence which met the specification of the designer but the client was concerned about privacy. We, therefore, added an extra slatted trellis to create privacy.
The designer was involved in a large project abroad and could not finish the planting. We therefore resorted to using visuals and a mood board to recreate the planting plan.
Description of Hard Landscaping
Porcelain paving was introduced to create an extension of the interior. Corten Steel was used within the garden to introduce different levels. Self-binding gravel was added to soften up the hard landscaping in the small garden and create a Mediterranean feel.
Description of Soft Landscaping
Plants differ in height and are a mixture of flowering at a different time, to create a movement in the garden, and different textures and an abundance of green add interest to the composition.
Materials Selected and Why
Tiles were part of extending the kitchen into the garden. To evoke a Mediterranean style, Corten Steel was used alongside pots, a firepit and barbecue. Self-binding gravel was used to create a Mediterranean look and soften the small area and connect it with planting.
A pair of steel ribbons twine together as they travel through the garden. This helps to follow the view from the inside to the raised dining area, situated at the end of the garden. The water feature which mirrors the window and planting.
Summary of Finished Project
The features and hard landscaping ensure that the client can enjoy the garden from inside the house. The kitchen tiles extend into the garden, inviting you to go out and discover more. The pool echoes the shape of the window relief. A pair of steel ribbons twine together as they travel through the garden. This helps to follow the view from the inside to the raised dining area, situated at the end of the garden.
The plants with different heights and flowering times, bring movement to the garden. The different textures and green tones bring interest to the composition. To evoke a Mediterranean style, Corten Steel material is set against terracotta pots.
“Really lovely people to work with. Very engaged and patient with our needs and what we wanted. Very easy to work with. We’d been let down badly by our previous designer, and they took over what was essentially a building site, solved a host of problems that we’d been left with with minimal effort and fuss and have given us a lovely garden. The team are reliable and very friendly and after care/follow-up has also been very good.”