This large house in a private cul-de-sac on the edge of Pinner, was in need of a significant redesign to meet the needs of the owners.
The brief was to better use the large gardens, creating safe access from the raised terrace into the main garden to the rear, and make use of a large area to the rear of the property that had become almost wasteland. An existing studio was to be given a new lease of life with new paving around it, and a much more attractive woodland setting.
The CGLA design team created generous decking steps to lead from the main terrace down in comfortable stages to the main lawn. The main patio was extended with a raised decking platform to provide sunny seating at the level of the main bifold doors, and screen fencing was added to both sides of the house for privacy and elegant screening of a shed area to the side of the house.
The main retaining wall of the patio was disguised by larger planting, and paths were added to give dry access to the studio to the rear and a new oval sun deck in the main lawn area. An existing stand of huge conifers were retained for their value as privacy and screening, but cleared gently at the lower levels and scrub removed to give access through a new cut-through in the central part of the garden, giving glimpses of the new garden beyond and inviting the visitor to come into the space.
New larger tree planting was added in strategic places to give some scale between that of the smaller shrubs and perennials and the large conifers and featured purple leaved plum and birch trees to provide additional colour and interest to what had been an almost entirely green garden.
Grading of the lawns and the addition of drainage to the main lawn have improved the texture and usability of these, and the new organic and sculptural shapes bring unity and flow to the space, which is further enhanced by large drifts of planting. A simple water feature is placed within the deep planting to give a focal point visible from most of the garden and adding welcome sound that masks traffic noise.
The overall effect was planned to be colourful and relaxed, aimed largely at family use, but also suitable for larger functions.
Once the designs were complete, the landscaping was carried out by the CGLA team, working with the owners to guide and adjust as needed throughout the installation, including nursery visits to select trees. The garden has been recently planted and will develop over the years as this matures.
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