LANDSCAPE DESIGN AND BUILD – CASE STUDY
Ditchling Road Family Garden, Brighton
A beautiful family garden in Brighton; with four small boys and a large garden area, the family wanted a space that everyone could enjoy.
Tired and unused, this Brighton garden was in need of a transformation. With four young boys, space to play as well as storage to keep things tidy were paramount, as well as the ability to exploit the fabulous views over Brighton and the sea.
Curves, discrete areas and interesting materials were three of the most important elements that the client was keen to incorporate into the garden design.
Hard landscaping to level off the lawn was followed by the construction of the pond, paths, decking, pergola and other features.
A wildlife pond, using reclaimed Victorian stock bricks, for the boys’ many treasured goldfish creates a fantastic feature and brings together several of the other elements: a winding slate path leading to a shady area under a tree, wooden stools, and willow tepees where the boys can hide, tell stories and share secrets.
Much-needed garden storage, and somewhere to sit and enjoy the fabulous view over Brighton to the sea beyond, were provided by a raised decking using cedar wood with storage underneath, which runs along one side of the garden.
A water feature runs along the other side of the lawn from the pond, shaded by an elegant wooden pergola, creating interest and providing somewhere to splash hot feet in the Summer. And for the evenings, we installed garden lighting integrated into the walls, with built-in dusk/dawn sensitivity.
And for picnics and ball games, the final touch was a perfectly level, lush green lawn.
What the client said
“We absolutely love our new garden. Matt and the team worked hard to incorporate all the elements we wanted, and brought it together beautifully. As an architect myself, I have a keen eye for detail and The Outside Works were meticulous in their work. Also, despite adverse weather conditions, they kept working and remained cheerful and courteous throughout.”