A garden that transports you
This recently finished family garden in Manchester makes you feel like you are on the grounds of a Mediterranean villa.
The curved, white rendered walls make you think of sand and sun. And the wide timber steps feel like they should be leading you down to the water’s edge.
The young family that lives here wanted a contemporary outdoor space for family gatherings. The garden is long and spacious with a steep slope near the house. So to make the slope more usable we created four terraced areas: a small paved area to the side of the house, stepping down onto a large hardwood deck, following onto a larger paved area laid with natural sawn sandstone, leading to the curved timber steps, which land on a 5 metre diameter circular hardwood deck.
The upper areas were retained using a rendered wall, which also acts as a dramatic back drop for the circular deck.
A slatted timber fence adds to the modern look of the garden. And simple planting of pennisetum alopecuroides, hemerocallis ‘Stella d’oro’, olive trees and bamboo soften the hard landscaping and add to the exotic feel of the space.