- Completed:September 2016
KSW Developments love to transform outdoor spaces, they really add something special to a home! This garden in Stratford-upon-Avon was not being utilised to its full potential and was becoming unmanageable for the owners. To create a space which could be enjoyed year-round we designed the garden with ease of maintenance and visual impact in mind.
The first phase of this project was to clear the existing garden and remove the aged and unsightly paving stones. The existing paving work had clearly been installed at different times as the style and placement was sporadic. Weeds had become problematic and the garden was overall quite unwelcoming.
The neighbours to the right of the property had a pretty sturdy fence in place but the fencing on the left and rear of the garden had seen better days. The KSW team removed the existing panels and replaced them with a stunning traditional waney edged panel system with incremental height increase along the side edge and a level edge for the back section.
The incremental height complimented the split level design of the garden, which was created to give designated spaces within the garden. By using the same tiling throughout this landscaping project meant that both the lower and upper sections of the garden were cohesive and flowed from one to the other. The lower level which leads to the house was paved in a traditional masonry layout, edged with a border of bright white gravel which set off the colour tones of the indian sandstone paving. This area will be perfect for catching those last rays of sun on a summer evening.
To connect the lower level with the upper level, we installed chunky modern wooden sleeper steps and a retaining wall which add some gorgeous textural detail to the garden aswell as serving the practical purpose of adjoining the garden sections.
The upper level of the garden turned out to be a triumph! KSW Developments continued the Indian sandstone paving with a gradual diagonal curve from the steps to the back left of the space where a kennel was due to be placed. The left side of the paving was filled with the gravel used in the lower border and created a beautiful contrast against the stone paving. To the right we laid a large section of artificial grass which, again, provided a striking contrast to the paving with its lush colour. The benefits of artificial grass include the low maintenance characteristics but also that it remains looking lush and perfect for many years without patches or weeds. Artificial grass is growing in popularity, this is not only because of its practicalities but also because the technology involved in creating artificial grass is much improved and the realistic appearance of artificial grass far exceeds early versions.
Overall, we were thrilled with the transformation of this garden in Stratford-upon-Avon.