This courtyard garden in Therfield, Hertfordshire forms part of a larger garden scheme wrapping around the house. The brief was to create a contemporary courtyard that would lead from a new architectural extension.

The space had historically formed part of a swimming pool area and the edges of the sunken garden needed to be retained and tall boundaries softened.

We used steel with a bespoke textural finish as the key material to create a series of inter connected elements, including retaining walls, steps, rill, water feature and stepping stones. This contrasts with a cream minimalist porcelain paving designed to align with the interior flooring and create a seamless junction between the house and garden.

Western red cedar timber is used to connect with architectural detailing on the house and create large family seating and relaxing areas, including a cantilevered daybed.