A garden designed to incorporate a pottery studio and evening entertaining spot around a majestic Cedar tree.
The clients had recently completed a substantial renovation of their home, and now a few years later wanted to turn their attention to the garden. The existing patio drained towards the house, causing water to pool, and there was a long steep narrow path sloping up to the rear, that acted like a water slide on days of heavy rainfall. The client was a ceramicist and part of the garden remodelling was to include a pottery studio in an underutilised area of the rear garden. A beautiful Cedar tree forms the main feature of the rear garden and required careful working around.
Our approach was to work laterally across the garden and create 3 distinct but subtle areas. A lower patio surrounded with deep planting beds, a middle deck and lawn area, and then the rear woodland, which would envelop the studio. The main challenge was to create a space at the back of the garden that would entice the whole family out to enjoy and spend time in.
The real success of this garden, is that the previous derelict piece of land in the rear third, has now become the most enjoyed spot. The pottery studio is used daily, but come evening, the second half of the studio has a lounge opening onto the garden, and around the trunk of the Cedar tree , is a firepit and armchairs, where the whole family comes together.