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This landscaping project came about in conjunction with a total refurbishment and extension of the house. A new road entrance meant that a new driveway was needed and it was decided that granite pebble was the most appropriate surface. A long sweeping path in basalt sets provides easy-wheeled access for wheelie bins and buggies. Basalt paving is used to construct wide steps leading to the main entrance, and this material is repeated in other parts of the garden.The original back garden rose away gently from the back of the house to where an existing garden studio had been built some years previously. Pushing out an extension to the rear of the house prompted two main considerations.
An existing sunken patio off the main lounge was a brilliant suntrap, but it had become dated in its style and the associated planting had evolved into a block between house and garden. The house opens onto this area at three different points and on three different levels and I used three crescents of composite decking to provide for easy access and egress. The large sunken suntrap is finished with black basalt paving and a crescent shape this time a white concrete ramp sweeps up to the lawn. I used the same composite decking to establish both the play space and the sitting area off the kitchen and they are linked a boardwalk along the back of the house. This is a large and diverse layout, but by using repletion in both geometry and in materials I have striven to produce a pleasing and unified scheme that satisfies the variety of functions called for in this garden.
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