A naturalistic, prairie-style garden to complement the wider landscape.

A new cedar dining deck projects from the house in two directions, echoing the 1970s house’s t-shaped footprint, and a playful cedar walkway through planting connects the two sections. Constructing the deck from timber creates a more temporary, floating feel which accentuates the sloping site and hints at a pier or landing point by water.

Because of the upside down arrangement of the house, strong geometry was introduced which would be seen most clearly from the first floor. A long sinuous curve to the edge of the main lawn blurs the change in levels where the land falls away. Three large circles – one in low Yew hedging, one forming the upper lawn in the back garden and another creating another lawn in the front garden – both with inset curved benches – create different areas to sit, relax and play.

Birch trees were added and a new beech hedge and columns to help the garden blend with the beech woodland beyond. Planting focused on ornamental grasses and tall late flowering perennials to create a calm, naturalistic feel with planting structure that would continue into Autumn and Winter.