Buy to Let Property
The need for this commission was to provide a design for an improved space that would be appealing for renting families allowing them to entertain and enjoy a low maintenance garden. As this was an investment property the design needed to be low cost.
The original garden layout was ineffective and quite ugly with a tiny patio area, a path running the length of a boundary and an obtrusive brick garage wall in the line of vision from the dining room. The garden is also overlooked from neighbouring properties. There was no planting except turf on sloping ground.
The revised design aims to reorganise the patio dining area making it larger, screening it off from view from the other properties using a simple but effective wooden lean to pergola with scented climbing plants (Trachelospermum jasminoides) to aid the sheltering effect. To minimise cost, the existing paving from the path is reused to extend the area of the patio. Planters are used to form a small boundary for the patio with Santolina chamaeccyparissus 'Pretty Carol'. The path is realigned with the entrance from the house and laid to timber sleepers, stepping down the slope towards another pergola alongside one of the garage walls which has more scented climbing plants. The direct view of the garage wall is now being shielded by a cedar screen. Planting is relatively simple with two structural shrubs (Rhus typhina 'Dissecta' and Corylus avellana 'Contorta') to help break up the views from the patio door and window and climbers along the boundary fencing. This is a relatively low cost design that provides a much improved space that is ideal for a rentable property.