Urban Courtyard

This London courtyard measures approximately 5.5m x 3.5m and is situated at the rear of the house. There are three entry points: from the house, from the road and from a studio running along the bottom. Part of the courtyard is in shade and part in the sun. The brief was to create an interesting space with exotic planting and a water feature. Planting was also required to screen the noise from the road.

To open up the space and bring in light, the walls were painted a soft white. Raised beds were created with different levels to make the most of the vertical space. The planting consists of hardy exotics and a bamboo hedge was planted along the roadside to provide a sound screen.

Materials used in the seating and ground came from reclamation yards. The clients added their own artistic touches using sculpture and stained glass.

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Dear Kaye,

We wanted to write and thank you for all your hard work and inspiration. You really have worked wonders. We never believed such a tiny and uninspiring garden could be transformed into such a beautiful space. It’s now a garden we can use and enjoy end even be proud of! And your ongoing help and advise has been invaluable. Nothing has been too much trouble for you – and we cant thank you enough.

Wishing you every success in the future,
Sophie and Nigel D'Souza