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CHIC KENTISH TOWN GARDEN

The change to this small city garden in the centre of Kentish Town, London, couldn't have been bigger. We removed tired old paving, crumbling fences covered in ivy and a rotting deck before building new retaining walls, steps and a large U-shaped storage bench. The old fence was replaced with a Western Red Cedar slatted screen and we used a resin based Millboard limed oak decking to create multiple levels.

The original steps up from the house were narrow and steep so we replaced them with wide, deep decking steps with a central platform to make the journey to the main area of garden less dangerous. Artificial lawn and a simple palette of plants were used to give the clients the easy to care for garden they'd asked for. Finally, powder coated metal planters were designed into the lower steps to provide a place for climbing plants.

A small London garden with a large built in garden bench, Millboard decking and artificial grass
A small garden with clipped Buxus balls against a cedar fence, complimented by Millboard decking and fake lawn to create a chic space
A trio of glossy clipped Buxus balls, carefully planted in contemporary raised beds

"We enlisted Philip's help at the recommendation of our architects and we could not be happier. Our small back garden was charming but we had become increasingly frustrated with how we had outside space but we were not able to utilise the space in a meaningful way. Particularly now that we are parents to an energetic toddler.

We were really impressed with how Philip produced and presented various proposals to us. At no point did we feel overwhelmed with options and he was able to visualise a garden we had no idea was possible given the space. Once the design was agreed we started to become quite nervous about the project as it involved a complete redesign of the back and dragging huge amounts of soil, flag stones and plants (including trees!) through the ground floor of our home as there is no other access point to the rear garden."

Karina and Dan (Kentish Town) - Click here to read their full review

Large pear tree shading a crisp white garden on several levels, with minimal planting and a bottle of wine
A cramped small city garden before it was renovated

THE GARDEN BEFORE

Despite having a few nice plants, this garden was overgrown, cramped and dangerous for our clients young child. Old Yorkstone paving had been partly covered with wooden decking that was rotten and falling apart. Access to the garden was via a narrow and steep set of crumbling steps.

3D SketchUp image of a tiny modern garden with feature built in bench, deigned by Fork Garden Design

CGI CONCEPT IMAGE

Several 3D SketchUp models were created to help th clients visulise how their garden could look with different layouts. For this project we created four draft concept images before working up a final 3D SketchUp plan.