Deck Path & Indian Sandstone Patio - Wood Deck Design
Category: Wood Deck Design & Wooden Structures
Garden Design Project: DKGGRL001
The two before photographs show a typical family garden in need of a garden makeover. A balance was required between entertaining and accommodating the needs of the children. The plot was a medium sized garden with a southwest aspect to a 1930's family house. The clients were a working couple with two teenage children. The garden suffered from noise pollution due to its close proximity to the busy A2.
After receiving the brief we set to designing the garden the traditional way - at a drawing board - then converted into 'Illustrator', a vector based design programme.
There was a large height difference from kitchen door to the garden and the boundary was made up of different materials.
Concrete blocks were used to build raised planters incorporating treated softwood seating and a letter-box style brushed steel water feature.
These walls were later rendered to create a smooth finish.
The decking adjoined the Indian Sandstone Patio which also gave access to and from the main house and garden via the conservatory.
New steps were built to provide access from the patio to the conservatory with sandstone steps. The paving was cut with a curve to match circular design.
Turf was laid to create two circular lawn areas in decreasing size, with the larger one to accommodate the trampoline.
Bark roll screening was used to disguise the various materials of the boundary perimeter, unifying the space and creating the allusion of a much larger, wider garden.
The deck path was fixed to concrete blocks which were set about 3 inches above the lawn.
Originally, dominating the rear of the garden was a concrete base housing 3 sheds with no link from the house to the rear of the garden. The overall impact made the garden untidy, cluttered, noisy and small, and was un-inviting.
What a contrast this wood deck design makes!
The clients now have the option of relaxing at either the top or bottom of the garden.
The plants used for this garden were a mix of low maintenance scented shrubs, grasses, ferns and perennials and annuals.
Some of these included:
Submitted By: Elizabeth Peck BA(Hons) Garden Design