We were invited to produce a small garden design for a courtyard garden at the coastal holiday home of a family with older children. It had to be low maintenance due to the time between visits to the house in Blakeney, Norfolk. It was designed to be a relaxing space that enhanced the house as well as being in keeping with its surroundings.
We designed a coastal garden to fit in with the coastal village surroundings.
This is the first time we used the Ecodek decking product for the triangular shaped deck area, we were impressed with the look we achieved and the durability of the decking boards.
We made use of a window that faced into the garden, from the neighbours shed, by placing a handmade faux window in the space. We handcrafted a mirrored window with rustic shutters to give the feeling that it had always been there, and painted it the same colour as the new summer house. We used a sandstone patio to link the deck and house extending the usable dining area for when the whole family were staying. The sandstone patio was edged with oak sleepers which are long lasting and age beautifully.
The patio connected the house and the decking and extended the usable space for the family, in this small garden.
To the side of the house the ground levels dipped, we introduced oak sleeper lengths to make walking through this area easier and to keep the gravel in place.
A large summer house fit nicely into the corner of the design extending the use of the garden to days when the weather was wet. This was painted in a bright sea blue colour to bring some light to an otherwise dark corner.
The planting was soft but still in keeping with the overall design and lighting was installed around the edge of the deck for evening dining. We extended the height of the fencing to provide more privacy for both our client and their neighbours.
At the front of the house we continued the theme with more sandstone paving and a gabion bench seat with roses.