Modern Urban Garden, SW19
This was a challenging garden - a tapering, wedge shape which at the same time, sloped upwards quite steeply towards the rear boundary.
The modern house had a large kitchen/dining area with bi-folding doors onto the lower terrace, so views onto the garden were important, as well as optimising the outdoor space to create areas for relaxing, dining and entertaining.
The cheap stone that had been put in by the developers was replaced with a contemporary ceramic tile, which was also used for the step treads to the upper garden.
The impractical lawn was levelled into two terraces and relaid with artificial lawn.
At the top of the steps a small dining terrace was installed, laid with the same ceramic tile.
The developers had put in new, good quality fencing all-round, but it felt rather harsh and imposing. The boundaries were softened with slatted trellis panelling, climbers and evergreen shrub planting.
The terrace walls were rendered and painted a dark grey, to complement the architectural planting and style of the house interior. At night, three feature pots on a plinth are lit to create a dramatic focal point.