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Contemporary Garden - Wandsworth - London


This is a very sociable family who love to live, entertain and cook outside. So with that in mind, we decided to create a terrace in the centre of the garden that would allow for a large dining table, seating area and bespoke kitchen unit.


Season:
Summer


Location:
London, UK


Credits:
GAP Photos/Paul Debois - Design: Nick Gough with Douglas Vieira - Owners: Gabrielle and Richard


Feature No:   4279 

Qty of Images:    51 

 
  
  
 
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Synopsis
To create privacy, four mature ornamental trees were planted to act as a natural canopy and also to create a feeling as if you were sitting within a small copse of trees under dappled shade – perfect for enjoying a long lazy lunch or dinner! Designers Nick Gough and Douglas Vieira wanted to form an visual connection with the large trees beyond that form a wonderful backdrop to the garden and by planting the ornamental trees within the garden, it helps to blur the boundaries, and form a real connection with the surrounding area. The extendable dining table gives total flexibility and is the perfect spot for lunch or dinner. The large sofa is a great place to chill – as is the fire bowl area, which was a non negotiable request from the younger members of the family! The outdoor sofa is of a generous size and was chosen to fit in perfectly amongst the flowers and trees. The owner is Australian, cooking on the BBQ is a way of life – for 12 months of the year! A kitchen unit was designed specifically for them and it includes a large single burner that is perfect for their beloved wok. The unit has a solid granite top with the BBQ and gas ring set almost flush within it, creating a sophisticated, sleek look. The gas bottle is hidden behind a door at the side that slides out, making it easy to access and replace. The fire bowl area has a more rustic feel with corten steel decorative panels on the fence. The exotic looking tree fern, which is lit at night, really gives this part of the garden a dramatic focal point. Natural materials were used in this part of the garden with the addition of the hardwood decking that leads to the impressive self contained garden room that was built to be the perfect young persons den. Nearer to the house, a lawn was created with borders each side and also a small square bed that contains a large multi stemmed Amelanchier tree that, as well as having wonderful blossom in spring, also casts magical shadows on the façade of the kitchen diner. The lush green of the lawn complements the generous borders which are planted with hydrangeas, roses and winter flowering Viburnums. As well as an integrated automatic watering system for ease of maintenance, there is also a full lighting system that is zoned to allow different moods to be created. This really is a garden that can be enjoyed morning, noon and night!

 

 

 
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