Our clients recently purchased and renovated their house in the historic centre of Bury St Edmunds. Our brief for the project was to transform their courtyard garden, injecting style and modern elegance. Our clients recently retired and whilst they both enjoy gardening, a low maintenance space was what they desired.
A place to entertain friends. A space for a morning coffee in the sun. And most importantly, to have a contemporary courtyard garden which excels their children’s city dwelling. Living in the centre of Bury St Edmunds our clients are overlooked. The view from a neighbours balcony looks directly into our clients garden. This is one of the main requirements of the brief, one that needed a solution within our proposed garden design.
To enable our clients to still have some gardening to do, we built raised planters that were easily accessible; finished in a grey render they perfectly compliment the Zinc finish on their extension. To further capture a contemporary courtyard garden, we used a sawn sandstone paving which was blended into the use of a hardwood decking. The Elondo decking we used has no visible surface fixings, giving it a smooth unblemished finish; the pattern gently zig zags through the paving giving the illusion of a wider space towards the rear of the garden. To address the overlooking balcony we planted two large pleached trees. Our pleached trees offer a screening canopy whilst maintaining a clear stem for approximately 1.5m, therefore not taking up vital space from the patio area. To give this garden a final pinch of quirkiness whilst giving a subtle nod to the past, we laid black and off white Victorian styled tiles immediately outside the kitchen. The tiles are set to the internal floor height giving the lower ‘morning coffee’ spot an all desirable in-out flowing living space.