Site Description The site was on two levels, with a 500mm difference between the two. The lower level was situated adjacent to the house and was the smaller space, running the width of the building and roughly half that distance out. It was laid to regular concrete slabs with a surrounding low brick wall.
The lower area is also well shaded at times only receiving sun at the end of the day.
The upper area is larger, widening to double hat of the lower area and is deeper still. It is surrounded by old brick walls of differing repair but all have character. There is some planting around a central lawn with a matures bay, magnolia and beech hedge.
The garden is overlooked by an unsightly church building.
Design Brief The clients had a large house in Essex and were both keen gardeners therefore the illusion of space was to be important to them.
A large area of lawn was important to allow some where for the grandchildren to play. Also a cart lodge of some description to act as garaging and for storage/sun room.
Water was also important and this was to be heard from the conservatory and the clients had expressed something both unusual and unique.
They wished to have a reasonably easily maintained garden, but with a traditional feel with an air of modernity. Relaxed formality.