We were tasked with creating a space for living and entertaining which maximised the potential of the site. Given that the garden sat two metres above the floor height of the house the garden was both uninviting and out of sight. Access was also very limited resulting in the rear wall of the garage being temporarily knocked through to allow the machinery to gain entry.
The very traditional design provided a unique opportunity to have a sheltered and very private courtyard. The retaining walls were faced with old Belfast brick, helping to create an interesting backdrop, set off the foliage of the plants and radiate heat on warm summer evenings. Green oak provided the basis of the pergola set within the terrace built from natural sandstone. Now with the level change the site is well sheltered and is somewhat of a suntrap also allowing some interesting species to be planted including a large fig.
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