Not long ago, a couple of lovely downsizing clients approached our director Paul with a precise brief for their latest property.
- They wanted a comfortable entertaining space near the new kitchen,
- a Summerhouse,
- a productive Cutting Garden,
- a croquet lawn to complement the tennis court,
- a naturalistic planting able to fit in the landscape and support the three beehives on site.
To complement the new architecture of the house, Paul’s design for the 0.7-acre plot is contemporary in lines and materials.
Retaining walls clad in corten-looking porcelain make the most of the space, which is characterised by a significant change in levels and a very chalky soil.
A water feature provides interest and a soothing sound in the dining area.
Floating steps take to the summerhouse and the productive garden. The tennis court is softened by bee-friendly planting and multistem Acers.
With the hard landscaping almost completed, the next phase will be planting the garden with a rich palette able to provide lots of pollen, cut flowers and sustain biodiversity .