Facing a very modern challenge, this garden in Henley is situated on the flood plain, flooding up to 1m in depth in winter. The living accommodation for the house is on the first floor, which has a veranda all around.
Whilst the client had a car designed to brave the floods, there was no raised parking or means of access to the house during these times. In this unusual brief, we were asked to create an elegant parking area above the flood plain, with deck pathways to the upper floor.
The design features a raised, thatched seating area (hiding a sewage treatment plant) and mature, flood resistant trees to give a sense of maturity to what had previously been entirely open space.
A stand of liquidambar trees to the front of the house provide privacy and wonderful autumn colour to perfectly dress the frontage into its riverside location.