contemporary outdoor living in
croydon

Brief

The brief was to create a contemporary style garden to complement the house and the garden building, to incorporate a pizza oven and barbecue, dining area, white rendered raised beds, as much lawn as possible, and a water feature for the rescue goldfish.

Design and outcome

A complete transformation was achieved in this garden, truly going from wasteland to wow-land. See the before photos at the end of the gallery, by clicking on 'load more images'.

The large garden building had already been planned, and so working around it, we managed to fit in all the elements of the brief.

The old fences were removed and replaced with rendered walls and raised beds, topped with cedar baton fencing. It so happens that nothing of the original garden remains, apart from one tree, a mature Laburnum with a architechtural leaning trunk which was definitely worth saving.

The new planting includes a cloud pruned Olive, situated in the hottest part of the garden, with grasses, lavender, sedums and cornflowers giving a light airy feel. In the more shady parts, hakonechloa grasses and persicaria provide a long season of interest.

The sleek outdoor kitchen houses a porcelain clad pizza oven, barbecue and granite work surfaces. The paving is a mixture of the same London Stone porcelain, in grey 'Silver Contro' and cream 'Slab khaki', plus London Stone composite decking, 'Designboard' in their 'mocha' colour. The water feature with a wide waterfall blade is clad with a thinner porcelain called 'Designclad', again from London Stone.

The finishing touches of the furniture (from John Lewis and Maison du monde) make this garden an impressive contemporary space, perfect for entertaining and relaxing. It should also provide a great year-round view from the large bi-fold doors.

'It's hard to believe we are in the heart of Croydon! We are delighted with the result and will be using the pizza oven at the first opportunity!''

Mr and Mrs D, Croydon

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