This was a small suburban garden in Wanstead who’s owners wanted to also turn a small garage into a gym that overlooked the garden.


Our clients had been busy renovating their semi-detached, period property and now wanted to turn their attention to their small back garden to bring it up to the same high standards.

The existing space lacked style and interest and our clients wanted a design to reflect the age of the house, whilst still giving them space to entertain and relax. Privacy was also an issue as they were overlooked by a large block of flats.

There was also an unused space to the side of the house which could be utilised more effectively.


The rather square shape of the garden was disguised by constructing curving raised beds surrounding a large circular patio area. We chose natural sandstone for the paving and used soft red brick for the walling and inset brick details to complement the red brick of the house.

The ugly concrete wall at the back of the garden was concealed behind willow screening and the privacy issue was dealt with by planting ‘pleached’ trees along the rear boundary. Beneath these, a mirror with half open gate creates the illusion of another beautiful garden beyond.

The planting scheme is fairly traditional with plenty of Lavender, Clematis, Roses, herbs and espalier fruit trees included, and also designed with birds and insects in mind as our clients were keen to encourage them into the garden.

In contrast, the unused area to the side of the house was given a much more contemporary feel. The crumbling garage was virtually re-built and extended backwards to allow for a bright and airy gym area. A fully sprung floor was installed, together with a sky light, and bi-fold doors opening out onto the new garden.

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