Family Garden, Beckenham

The Design Brief

To rework the existing, slightly tired garden to bring it up to date, creating a more generous terrace that flows from the house while bringing into use other areas of the garden, including a space for a garden room with rear seating area.  The house faces directly south so shade on the main terrace needs to be considered.

The Challenge

The garden contains a lot of maturity such as specimen trees so the design had to work around these and also a level change towards the rear of the garden.

The Design Solution

The existing sandstone terrace is replaced by a more contemporary porcelain one and rendered, raised planters are built to provide a loose planting screen, dividing the space from the rest of the garden.  A large timber pergola sits over the terrace, connecting the house with the planters and providing a framework for grape vines and climbing roses. New pathways connect the house to a garden room with sedum roof and the decked seating area is enveloped by planting borders which now encompass an existing weeping pear and a mature Magnolia.