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CHELSEA ROOF TERRACE GARDEN

The entrance to this L-shaped roof terrace in Sloane Square is via two sets of bi-folding doors. To give the property a real indoor/outdoor feel we designed the level of the terrace to match the internal floor level. A huge L-shaped sofa had been installed inside the media room that opened out on to the garden, so we mirrored that with a high quality outdoor sofa. When the doors are open the two sofas create a U-shaped seating area centred around a tall fireplace outside and a huge TV inside. The second set of doors opens out from a study onto a cantilevered cedar bench that floats over the edge of a narrow water rill. Dense planting of grasses, Silver Birch trees and Lavender, coupled with the south facing aspect make this terrace a really relaxing place to unwind at the end of the day.

Wispy perennial plants hiding a floating cedar bench on a roof terrace
Pretty flowers and grasses against a crisp looking slatted cedar screen, using different sized slats
A large stylish concrete outdoor fireplace next to slatted cedar screening and soft planting on a London roof terrace garden
A cedar bench cantilevered over a low water rill, surrounded by soft perennial planting and silver birch trees
A Dedon garden sofa on a roof terrace of large granite pavers
A roof terrace in need of redesign, with crumbling walls and rotten decking the terrace isn't a nice place to relax in

THE ROOF TERRACE BEFORE

Unused for several years, this roof terrace was in an awful state with rotten decking, unsecure fencing and crumbling walls. Following the redevelopment of the entire house, the terrace was renovated to the highest standard to match the interior.

Large olive trees waiting to be lifted from a street onto a roof terrace garden by a crane

LOGISTICAL ISSUES

As with mainly terraces, access was difficult. Four large olive trees had to be crane lifted over the house with only inches of clearance. The resulting effect on the terrace was well worth the hassle.