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A Small Family Garden in Hackney

A practical small family urban garden in London with several interesting design features.


London, UK

GAP Photos/Anna Omiotek-Tott/Design: Earth Designs/Owner: Katie Hale

Feature No:   4775 

Qty of Images:    37 


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The patio leads between two rendered raised beds (the one on the left accommodating the existing silver birch) opening out onto an area of artificial lawn. To the right of this area, set within the raised beds, is an L-shaped decking bench, which allows for formal dining. A wire gabion wall, filled with a selection of red brick, slate tiles, and wine bottles forms the backdrop to the garden. This decorative wall also serves to mask a bike store from the main garden. In the bottom left of the garden is a raised decked platform area that serves several functions. A butyl lined sunken pit beneath the platform can be used for sand, play balls or water, providing plenty of opportunity for child play in the space. This pit is covered by a removable decking lid, allowing the client to turn the structure into a lounge space for all the family. Waterproof boxes hidden beneath the platform and accessed by hinged sections of decking around the side allow the client to store weatherproof cushions. Further interest is provided by a timber arch constructed towards the back of the garden, creating a frame for the rear of the space which also allows the installation of a swing suitable for both adults and children. Planting in the garden comes in the form of elegant tones of white and green, helping to illuminate this shady space whilst retaining a romantic woodland feel. Leafy greens in a variety of shades provide interest throughout the year, while colour can be added by painting the raised beds.



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