Site Analysis

The site is a front and rear garden to a Victorian town house in Hackney, London.

The front garden has a West facing aspect, the front garden is set below the roadside and is level with the lower level bay windows; there is an existing mature Magnolia tree that is to be retained.


The client envisaged transforming their rear garden from its old form into a cool contemporary space. They wanted to see a garden that delivers a fresh and balanced design style that reflects their personal tastes and home.

The garden was revitalized from its current form into a more complete space, one that can be used as an extension to the house creating more of an ‘outdoor room’.


We created this effect by linking the colour palette and reflecting elements of the industrial chic design style of the kitchen out into the garden.

The garden is a low maintenance space that looks good and be enjoyed all year round providing some great space for entertaining friends and relaxing as well as proving enough lawn pace for children to play.

We discussed creating a paved area straight out from the back doors, that will be big enough to house a small table and chairs so that breakfast can be enjoyed in morning sunshine, we also looked to include a small storage unit in this section.

In terms of paving materials we discussed using a contemporary grey coloured stone paving which will lend itself to the future kitchen flooring.

Due to the gardens aspect the best position for the main seating area will be at the rear. We discussed transforming this space into a cool entertainment area (or gin terrace!) where we could see rendered raised beds introduced to deal with the topography of this section. Painting the raised beds in a charcoal grey would also provide another design link between the house and garden.

Cutting into the slope we saw the creation of a cosy seating area that can be surrounded by planting, to create a softer garden effect. We discussed the use of built in seating to give permanent year round seating opportunities.

In terms of design structure the client mentioned that they preferred the geometric shapes. So creating a garden design based on this form would create the desired effect. We discussed interlocking shapes in order to create enough lawn space in the garden as well as interesting planting beds to soften the space.

In terms of planting, the client expressed a desire for a fresh scheme of fairly low maintenance planting that would look attractive throughout the year whilst still including some seasonal variation and interest. We discussed using planting selections that would make bold statements in the garden; establishing blocks of planting would create this effect.

Lighting in the rear garden added an exciting dimension to the whole garden, making it not only usable on summer evenings, but also visually accessible in winter months.

In terms of the front garden the client wished to see the garden revitalised into a classic contemporary ‘London style’ Victorian frontage. With simplistic design choices and more formal planting in place to give a more manicured appearance.

Take a look at the photos from this Hackney Garden Design and let us know what you think!

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