This contemporary city garden was designed to provide the client with an enjoyable outdoor space for relaxation and summer living, mostly for evening use. A clever lighting scheme was thus required for this purpose. The materials used likewise needed to complement those of the interiors and must be of comparable high quality.
The bright and reflective surface of the side walls was achieved by rendering to a smooth finish and painting. The walls were also raised 500 mm in height and topped with horizontal cedar slatted panels for more privacy and security. Beautiful Dura limestone was used for the floor and also the stone cladding of the water feature area and the base for the floating bench built into the wall (cleverly accentuated by underneath concealed lighting). The stone flooring was sandblasted to match the interior stone floor while the stone used for cladding was given another texture and look by honing and polishing.
A deck area was built from Ipe hardwood, likewise to reflect the material used for the interiors. The scheme is highlighted by a horizontal bespoke water feature pool, which creates a soothing and relaxing sound of water movement.
The built-in fireplace with gel burners is surrounded by comfortable, smart furniture made from natural materials, creating a relaxing entertainment space. The clients used to live in Egypt, so the stone detailing of the fireplace is a stylised interpretation of the pyramids of Egypt. A clever element is the freestanding mirror-polished stainless steel water feature which provides the relaxing sound of running water while offering clever light reflection. Stainless steel was also used for the built-in utility cupboards along a side wall. The look of an exotic paradise was completed with the planting – pleached trees, feature specimen plants and stylish planters.
The lighting was an essential part of the brief to use the garden well into the night. The garden is transformed in the evenings into a chic party zone by spike mounted lights and recessed fittings, along with colour-changing LED lighting by the beautiful palm trees.
This garden is an excellent example of material integration and high-quality finish within the set budget.