This was a delightful garden to design with views onto the Heath and a secret door.
The garden needed to work on many practical levels, serving a growing family of 5, with 2 dogs, whilst providing visual impact as soon as you walked in the front door. The traditional house was undergoing a sympathetic refurbishment, which included a stunning double height glass atrium with copper cladding, affording a magnificent view out onto the garden from two key floors, placing great emphasis on the garden design layout.
We chose to follow the lines of the new extension, to create a geometric design that belied the awkward triangular plot. Generous wide stone steps lead you up from the lower patio to a central lawn with stone banding. A focal panel in Bronze echoes the rich copper colours used internally, and draws the eye out from the house.
The sunniest spot is towards the rear of the garden, so a floating deck has been created to maximise this aspect, with a sunken fire pit for those cold summer evenings. Clipped Taxus hedging is used to create discreet partitions and obscure play areas, and keep the Heath door a hidden surprise.
An oak timber boardwalk behind the deck transports you above the planting to a secret lookout den, constructed from whole chestnut logs, to blend in with the landscape. The client’s children take great delight in watching the world go by on Hampstead Heath, from the security of their low tree house.
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"My husband and I have quite different ideas about many things, including how to transform our garden. Sara Jane was thoughtful and calm, and used her background in theatre design to keep both sides happy, with a beautiful design that maintained pockets of surprises but was far more user-friendly for us, our 3 young children and 2 dogs. She's a lovely easy-going person who takes on board what the client is asking for whilst bringing along creativity and her own passion for colour, form and abundant nature. She has a mature understanding of what will work in different environments, and has created a fantastic garden for us."Residents of Hampstead Heath Garden