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This rear garden is at the back of a 3 storey terraced house in the Highbury and Islington area of London that was undergoing complete re-design and extension with architectural design by Paul Archer. The garden incorporated the newly formed terrace and step sitting above the basement slab and our design needed to provide a seamless but interesting transition between the house and garden space. Our clients love cooking and a bespoke built in kitchen with preparation and dining area was required. Our clients wanted a modern urban design with interesting finishes and exciting planting.
The step over from the basement slab creates a step down into the garden so rather than try and have an expanse of one level we raised the rear section of the garden and gave the central seating area a sunken, cosy feel. This adds more interest and a journey through the space. For privacy and a sense of seclusion from neighbouring windows, a bespoke pergola was designed to cover the dining area and pendant lights were added to complete the look. Charred larch effect screening was used to break up the boundary and provide a dramatic back drop for architectural planting in free standing pots in the central garden space, this is also very effective for creating dramatic shadows both during the day and when up lit at night.
In this relatively small garden, an exciting and lush secret courtyard feel has been created. With areas for lounging, gathering with friends and dining, this is a fantastic social space for the whole day long from morning coffee in the sun to wrapping up and gathering around the fire pit into the night. A pizza oven and BBQ provide the perfect tools for keen foodies to try new dishes and cook outside. Layers of detail in the kitchen, lighting, surfaces and boundaries compliment the internal interior and architectural finishes creating a space our clients love to spend time in.