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THE STUDIO OF
The property is situated in the heart of Harlow with a hot and sunny West elevation. The North and East elevations are mainly shaded. The design met certain challenges as the garden wrapped around the whole house. This continuity of elongated space made distinct visually satisfying areas difficult without the spaces becoming to linear.
A inclined bank to the rear meant terracing would be needed. The bank divided the space making the useable space long and narrow. The north elevation of the house and garden also lacked light and visual interest. A pergola was proposed to break this up and also defined the front and back areas as more distinct spaces. Ease of access needed to be maintained at the same time. Space was limited to create large comfortable lawn areas without them becoming to linear. Areas of gravel were used to create a additional variation in texture and keep visual interest maintained while walking around the garden.
Using softwood sleepers aloud softness to complement the linear angular nature of the retaining walls. Curved brick walls were considered in some design versions but excessive excavation lead to a choice of timber instead.
Planting is mainly low and spreading with a few strong vertical accents as maintenance is a strong consideration. A choice of semi-evergreen perennials and flowering evergreen shrubs will be complemented by a few seasonal flowering shrubs and trees for spring and autumn colour.
The project is hoped to be completed by spring 2017