This very small garden was overlooked on all sides and had an odd layout that offered little room for meaningful use of the space. A small bed at the rear of the garden was dominated with large architectural plants. The client wanted to modernise the garden to create a chic, usable and child-friendly space.
Simple, clean lines combined with bespoke features give this decked roof garden design a stylised yet uncomplicated feel with a strong sense of privacy and seclusion.
Flooring throughout was laid with attractive and durable Iroko hardwood boards, selected with specifications to match an existing raised platform above. Steps were constructed on the left hand side of the space to lead down to a small sunken adjoining a basement room. For safety, a metal and wood balustrade to match that on the platform above was constructed along the exposed edge of the decking, with a metal gate installed at the top of the steps to ensure paramount safety for the client’s child.
A shallow raised bed across the back of the space, retained by an aquamarine-painted rendered block wall one metre high, is planted with a variety of strong architectural specimens, such as willowy blue grasses and sculptural allium, and features a series of thick, tall bamboo poles set vertically at intervals along the rear boundary.
To create a uniform appearance to the decked roof garden, the side boundary walls were built up to the same height, rendered and painted to match the raised bed wall. A solid, 2 metre high fence, constructed from 4-inch thick split bamboo pole, was installed along the top of both walls to create a high boundary for maximum privacy.
Entertainment possibilities were provided with the installation of an impressive bespoke solid oak seating and matching table. This comprises a long ‘suspended’ bench fixed centrally along the raised bed wall, complimented by long, narrow bench table.
Finally, an atmospheric lighting scheme allows the client to enjoy the space long into the summer evenings. The raised bed is gently illuminated by a series of low voltage spotlights situated throughout the planting. The suspended bench seat is framed by two stylish glass block lights fixed to the top of the raised bed wall, while two similar wall mounted block lights affixed to the front of the existing decked platform impart a gentle blue wash to the decking below. Decked stairs (existing before the re-design) stairs are illuminated by eye-catching rope lighting running along the underside of each step. To complete the scheme, stainless steel up/down lights secured to the bamboo fence between each potted Cypressa cast ample light across the centre of the space.
“I could not have been happier with the service provided by Earth Designs. Every aspect from the initial consultation, the design, the construction and project management of our new garden was carried out professionally and on schedule. Earth Designs have a great team who are all hardworking, punctual and they work really well together.
We are thrilled with our new garden and would highly recommend Earth Designs to anyone wishing for innovative ideas and a professional and friendly service.”