This large garden in Hertfordshire sits to the rear of a converted barn and belongs to a young family.
A contemporary extension by Nicholas Tye Architects was planned for the barn and the clients wanted a garden that would become an extension of their home and be enjoyed all year round.
The existing garden sloped up awkwardly from the house breaking to a wide expanse of lawn and had very little interest.
The brief was to produce a contemporary design with a grown up feel but that was still relaxed and family friendly. Space for socialising, an area for cooking, a play area for the children and a good sized vegetable garden were key requirements.
Our design solution uses strong geometry following the horizontal lines of the barn. The space was divided into a series of outdoor ‘rooms’ using hardwood deck and sandstone terraces, quartz stone paths and a meadow to create spaces for dining, relaxing and family play. A smooth rendered retaining wall was planned to level the slope allowing a flat lawn to be created at the heart of the garden.
Garden details include:
Built in firepit
Green oak pergolas
Bespoke exterior kitchen
Vegetable garden & orchard
A planting plan using a contemporary mix of herbaceous perennials and grasses with strong forms for winter interest was designed to soften the straight lines of the design and give a relaxed modern feel.
Willow sphere & leaf sculptures were commissioned from willow artist Rachel Carter.
A lighting design and irrigation system were also created for the garden.< Back to portfolio