Anchoring the house

We were invited to work on this exciting project at very early stage. Indeed, the first meeting took place inside a tired 1930s home which was soon demolished and replaced with an award-winning contemporary home.

The new house has an imposing presence with intricate brickwork sat upon a ground floor large encased in glazing and Shuo-sugi-ban cladding (charred timber).

Whilst it is a contemporary home, the client was keen for the house sit easily in the landscape and have the usual ‘trimmings’ commonly found in a traditional garden: lawn for the kids, greenhouse and vegetable plot, patio, driveway and perennial borders.

The design was to cleverly blend the old and the new. The design for the front of the property took direct inspiration from the house.

The graphite paving bricks with black volcanic sand joints, work in harmony with the Shuo-sugi-ban.

Corten raised beds line-up and mirror the tall thin ‘arrowslit’ like windows, with the warm Corten colour sitting nicely with the brickwork.

The formality of the front garden quickly gives up to an area of woodland meadow passing via a tall black fence as you enter the rear garden.

The rear garden features two simple seating areas where the paving, dove grey gravel, graphite bricks and Corten continue. Large angular planters help to segregate the space and tall grasses add an architectural presence.
The vegetable plot repeats the material choices and is part hidden behind a classic border with roses, lavender and perennials.

Instant hedging frames the property, providing much needed screening and further helping the property feel as though it has always been there. Indeed, the garden has helped to make the house a home.

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