What We Did

Project Overview

We have worked on this garden in phases over several years, building raised beds, steps and paving linked to the house and more recently removing a swimming pool which was seldom used and replacing it with a sunken fire pit area which gets far more use in our climate!

The sunken fire pit area has become a cherished spot for gatherings. Its circular seating, crafted from black basalt and complemented by subtle lighting, creates a warm, inviting atmosphere.

For the stepped terrace, we tackled the challenge presented by a house extension that left uneven outdoor spaces. Our solution was to redesign the existing steps, integrating them into a paved terrace that harmoniously blends with the house's architecture. This area, with its Dutch clay pavers and herringbone brickwork, not only enhances the garden's functionality but also elevates its aesthetic appeal.

Sunken fire pit

Seating areas for warm days and cool evenings

The sunken area has circular seating built from black basalt which is cut and segmented to shape and which includes low level lighting to give a gentle warm glow to the area in an evening. The surrounding composite decking was shaped around the fire pit and lawn.

Stepped terrace

Integrated steps and paving

This house had been extended and left with a large set of paved steps to the rear and an uneven garden when the builder left site.

We were asked to adjust the existing steps and integrate them into a paved terrace. We achieved this by edging them with Dutch clay pavers mirroring the narrow bricks used in the house and integrating them into a raised bed at the edge of the lawn.

We then laid a terrace area connecting the steps with a path around the house, which was finished in a golden gravel with panels of herringbone brickwork. An existing composite decking area was reshaped and edged to make it feel part of the scheme, and the lawn levelled and shaped including some large rocks that came from an adjacent farm. A gnarled olive tree adds character to the raised bed along with large Scottish pebbles and stones.