This house in Claygate, Esher is built on a steep slope; the children of the house have one obsession – football! These two factors are not a good combination, they were left with a thin, worn out strip of grass to play on – something had to be done.
The budget of any job is, unfortunately, always limited; to maximise the budget here, a decision was made to configure the design to eliminate the need for large amounts of soil to be removed or brought onto the site. This saved money, better spent elsewhere in the garden.
The layout achieves a large (over 100 sq.m) lawn area and also provides plenty of usable space outside the rear doors. Easy, gentle steps connect to a ‘mezzanine’ paving area leading to the lawn, side door and summerhouse. A wide strip of planting between the lawn and hard landscaped areas brings shelter, colour and movement to the garden.
The original design provided two sets of steps and two inbuilt benches, but this proved to be over the budget, so the design was changed, still retaining the overall shape and feel of the original proposal.
We were also commissioned to redesign the front drive/garden, also with a very steep slope, so steep as to be unusable for cars. A stepped ramp was designed for pram /wheelchair/wheelie bin access and new steps centred on the front door.
A large retaining wall provides the flat area needed to park cars.
We are hoping to carry out the front landscaping later this year, we are currently (February 2019) landscaping the rear garden.