Contemporary garden

Designed by Cassandra Crouch MSGD

The dream

Having sacrificed a significant chunk of their high walled and shaded garden to a large new extension, the owners of Bell House approached designer Cassandra Crouch wanting to turn their loss into a positive.  With a family growing up quickly and a stunning new open plan extension, their dream was to create an outside entertaining and relaxation space that enriched family life and reflected the sophistication of the new inside scheme.

The transformation

Cassandra created a beautiful scheme based on clean, angular shapes and brought in The Garden Company to help her with the significant build needed to realise her design.

Raised beds, steps, rills and a steel water chute were introduced to bring a tranquil sense of order and interest to the garden.  A wide dining terrace with built in BBQ kitchen provided a new focal point for entertaining, while a sunken terrace with cantilevered cedar daybed created a new wind down zone. A sense of flow from inside to out was achieved using the same pale porcelain tiles in both spaces.  This sense of harmony was further enhanced with considered and selective use of materials in the garden, with each carefully chosen to connect with architectural detailing on the house.

Western cedar timber created the contemporary fencing and mirrored the wood detailing on the new extension, while acid etched steel was used to create a water chute and trims to the wide stone steps down to the sunken terrace area, providing a striking contrast to the smooth porcelain tiles both inside and out.

At one time in its life an old pub garden, this outdoor space now embodies contemporary outdoor living at its finest and reveals just how bold a transformation can be when designer, client and build team share and believe in a vision.

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