The Client liked formal English and Italian style requiring an Architectural and Landscaping statement to transform an unimaginative sloping front garden in a sylvan setting.
Improved vehicle and pedestrian access and a garden area which could be used as an extension to the small house terrace was a key requirement. A sloping site frontage the elevated house required a radical and ambitious design solution. The garden was overshadowed and dominated by poor quality trees which were approved for removal retaining the good specimens. This opened up the gardens potential.
Extensive groundworks required equally extensive structural solutions before any above ground visual benefit would be seen. The result is a subtle but dramatic garden with interesting changes in level, steps and terracing which addresses the sloping site adding character and architectural impact. The use of natural Purbeck stone in the walls and paving creates subtle tone and texture at the same time linking the material to the existing house.
Carefully positioned lighting further enhances the stone and reinforces the visual impact of the entire garden. Formal planting together with strong structural forms now contrast with the soft planting and pine trees indigenous to the area. The new garden has an almost "belvedere-esque" appearance when viewed from the house or standing on the lawn due to its elevation and provides a grand statement. The ability to now enjoy this previously unusable outside space as an extension to their house day or evening with ease of access has created a perfect entertaining area fulfilling the Clients original brief.