Small Family Garden, Beckenham

The Design Brief

The client wanted a modern British aesthetic to inform the design, in harmony with her new extension, to create a real sense of continuity from the inside space out and to achieve a feeling of calm sanctuary and privacy through new screening, both with planting and materials.

The Challenge

The recent addition of the extension to the house had made the outdoor space an unwieldy rectangular shape, with several changes of level and some poorly maintained brick perimeter walls.  The lack of screening and the proximity of a main road allowed passers-by to see into the space, which felt very exposed, giving no real reason to venture outside.

The Design Solution

Bespoke cedarwood slatted fencing forms the perimeter, hiding the crumbling brick walls and creating privacy without feeling oppressive, and the garden is further screened from the outside world by evergreen trees, and planting with year-round interest.  A limestone seating area is reached by steps from a deck of treated scaffold boards that abuts the house and references its interior, creating a sense of flow and the feeling that the outside world is being kept at arms length.

Garden built by Beauview Landscapes.