Multi-levelled Family Living - Dauntsey, Wiltshire

Brown decking steps within in set lighting forming a route between plant borders and water feature.
Composite decking steps flanked on either side by precisely cut oak timber sleepers.

The awkward shape and dramatic level change of this small garden had rendered this garden largely unused by our client. The garden felt dwarfed by the elevated neighbouring property to the north and hemmed in by the east by neighbouring mature trees. With no interest within the garden itself, there was no focus resulting in your eye being drawn to the imposing and uninspiring neighbouring backdrop.

location
Dauntsey, Wiltshire
our role
Garden Design & Planting Implementation
type
Private Residential
size
150 m²
status
Complete
year
2019
Grey porcelain paving with a step up to a brown deck all edged by a timber retaining wall with grass on the upper level.
Oak retaining wall creating a definition to the space. The family garden in all its glory with entertaining areas, lawn, sculptural water feature and abundant planting.

We would normally look beyond the garden boundaries and ‘borrow a view’ but in this case we needed to design a space to keep the interest below fence height. Entertaining space, interest throughout, low maintenance and keeping a usable family and dog friendly garden were the key criteria from our client. The need and hope to be able to entertain day and night and in all weathers were also right up there on the list of requirements.

Newly planted raised timber border set to the side of the garden adjacent to the fenced boundary.
Feathery grasses blurring the lines of the timber border edges against the backdrop of an impressive tree fern.
Partially covered decked terrace edged by plant border, tree fern and newly laid lawn.
A simple open pergola housing a hidden infra-red heater and lantern light for use throughout the day, night and through all of the seasons.
Grey porcelain paving set below this raised timber narrow plant border planted with a mix of colours and texture.
A narrow planter overflowing with varying textures, form and colourful planting.
A view through the newly planted border with a backdrop of the partially covered deck.
Informal planting with an infusion of colour giving a sense of depth to a small space.
Grey porcelain paving edged by an attractive surface water drainage system at the foot of the oak timber retaining wall.
Contrasting colours and textures of timber and porcelain complementing one another and highlighted through contemporary lighting.