A contemporary family garden design for a young architect couple with two young children in West Wickham. The brief was to integrate the proposed rear extension with the garden, creating defined spaces for dining, children’s play, and relaxing, whilst maintaining a reasonably sized lawn and incorporating perennial prairie-style planting on an easily manageable scale.
Bespoke-cut sawn sandstone paving in a chevron design creates a seamless transition from the internal Oak flooring to the dining terrace. The soothing sound of water is provided by a water bowl fountain nestled amongst the shade-tolerant planting that envelopes the space. The planting is punctuated with small multi-stem trees to provide a sense of privacy from neighbours.
An open lawn is central to the garden and is adjoined by the children’s play area, bisected by a series of linear clipped hedges. Bark mulch surfacing defines the play space, with room for an existing swing set, a 6ft trampoline, and an option we’re exploring to create a mud-kitchen and cut-log play feature. The lawn is wrapped with perennial planting that culminates in a deep curved south-facing border with stepping stones leading you through the planting to the pergola.
The rear of the garden features a timber pergola and linear timber trellis fence, which hides a discreet storage area with space for a shed and composting facilities, and room to hide toys and equipment away. The pergola encloses a timber deck terrace to enjoy the last of the evening sun, and two oak swing seats suspended from the pergola.
Our clients are in the process of gaining planning permission for the extension and the garden will then commence once building works are nearing completion later in 2019.
If you have a garden design project in West Wickham you are considering, why not get in touch to discuss the possibilities of what we can do.