THE BRIEF Peter and Kerrie moved into their house in Menston, Yorkshire four years ago, inheriting a scruffy and tired garden. After having major renovations inside the home, they were ready to commission a design for a contemporary family garden with a garden room. A key driver for the garden design was to convert (and extend) an under-used garage to a garden room and storage area. They also wanted comfortable and secluded seating areas with a contemporary feel for relaxation and entertaining.
THE CONCEPT We began by creating an enhanced space that would appeal to all members of the family, focused around an upper terrace by the back door as a special haven to hang out in. This was paired with a pergola on a lower terrace. The pergola was aligned with the architecture of the house by centering the structure on the house bay window. This enhanced the visual connection of the garden when viewed from inside the home. The planting design is low-maintenance but striking, with strong forms of topiary and specimen trees, including acers, providing four-season interest.