Contemporary family garden

the brief

A clean and contemporary design to allow the space to flow smoothly from the new kitchen/living room extension, to feature a cascading water feature down the slope of the garden and the removal of a large pond to create more room for entertaining.

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the challenge

A steeply sloping site, surrounded by heavy mature planting that blocks out the light, the main feature of which is a dated-looking pond which takes up most of the existing useable space. 

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the design solution

The pond area is filled in to create an upper, decked terrace using Ipe hardwood. Water flows through a letterbox opening along a steel rill and then down into a pool on the lower terrace. Clean, rendered, retaining walls throw light into the space while a lower dining area is delineated by an Ipe deck cut into the stone paving. Cool, lush planting surrounds the terraces.

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Garden build by Elitescapes.