This contemporary small garden design in Wimbledon was of average size for the area, but was restricted in space because of a concrete block shed and some very overgrown shrubs located in the second half of the garden. The design challenge was to introduce contemporary style features to the garden without cluttering up the hard won space.
Once the garden had been cleared, the first phase of construction was to build a brick wall to the RH and rear boundary with a door for access to the alleyway. We sourced some really good London reclaimed yellow stock bricks for the wall which, although they are from the Victorian era of house building and have been weathered for perhaps a hundred and twenty years, they work really well in a contemporary setting and it is that time span of weathering that gives them that unique look. The wall was enhanced with the installation of black up/down lighters set at intervals along the wall.
Contemporary horizontal batten fencing was installed on the LH boundary with a 300mm strip continuing all the way round on top of the brick wall. The timber batten and garden door were painted with a grey/blue semi-transparent wood stain.
Our clients had sourced some premium quality 900 x 900 porcelain tiles from Italy and we used these in combination with a smaller black and white tile for the inlay panel, to form the main patio. Over this, we built a contemporary style pergola which was painted with a charcoal/black semi-transparent wood stain and had a simple lighting circuit loose laid into the rafters and a patio heater installed on the back wall of the house.
The next phase was to build the raised beds on the right hand side including a curved corner raised bed with bullnose sawn sandstone coping to form a seating area in that corner with the rest of the raised beds at different levels which is always a good way to enhance the planting. On the other side, there was a L shaped raised bed incorporating a reservoir in the centre for the blade fountain which was installed above it. All raised beds had a smooth rendered finish with three coats of masonry paint in light grey.
This garden design in Wimbledon was completed with the installation of an artificial grass lawn and extensive planting to all the raised and ground level flower beds.