We completed a project in Abbeville Road, Clapham, SW4. The house had been subject to a complete refurbishment program including the installation of bi-fold doors to a new kitchen extension.
At the initial consultation, the customers said that they wanted the outside garden surface to be a continuation of the internal tiled kitchen floor level. They did not want a natural stone or tiled patio, so we opted for Ecodek solid composite decking in slate grey. This decking would greatly complement the colour of the bi-folding doors.
Quality composite decking is becoming increasingly popular, due to the fact it’s not prone to the same faults as timber decking. Composite is much less likely to fade, split or rot. It does not have the same soft fibre as timber and therefore does not accumulate algae or dirt in the same way as wood.
Our clients wanted a ‘break’ between the deck and the rest of the garden to create a ‘room’ feel to the deck area.
We suggested two treated timber raised beds with a framed top, finished in white.
The timber construction gave a lighter feel than brick or block and renders, eliminating the almost ‘barrier’ to the rest of the garden. In the same way, we kept the planting light by using a mixture of lavender, ornamental grasses, and a variety of flowering evergreen Hebes.
We also installed several ‘Chelsea’ trellis panels on to the new fencing out as far as the two raised beds – again to enhance the look of the whole deck area.
We complete the design with round recessed lights on the front and sides of the raised beds, with the sun shining down at 45% on to the deck.