This project in Raynes Park presented an exciting set of challenges. One half of the garden was at the same level as the kitchen door. The garden once was the concrete base of a garage before the owners chose to demolish this.
The other half was about a 600mm drop down to the lawn level. This split-level arrangement made the first half of the garden difficult to use. With limited space, the patio area of the garden was practically unusable.
In consultation with our clients, we decided to unify the level by building a low retaining wall and back-filling. These factors would come apparent with aggregates to create one full level concrete platform across the back of the house.
We pushed the change of level further out into the garden, which allowed for the design and construction of central steps. The steps came with lighting set between two rendered raised beds leading down to the lower lawn level.
Our team rendered and painted the remainder of the flank wall of the garage. Furthermore, we rendered shelves to display resin window boxes in charcoal grey. We matched the grey colour with some large resin cube planters that we placed on the new patio.
Alot of thought and consideration went into to what type of natural stone we would use for the project. Our clients specified that they wanted a contemporary style with a hint of traditional to match the age of their home. Rustic slate was the ideal solution.
The slate works in a contemporary setting while, at the same time, the copper colour tones create a more rustic style.
We also added stepping stones, in the new lawn leading to the garden office at the end of the garden.