Garden landscaping in Tring. The best thing to do after your extension is to get your garden designed and professionally landscaped.
The clients have recently completed an extension, contemporary white K render and western red cedar cladding being prominent features. They didn’t have a garden though…
Their main objective was to create a new garden decking terrace that would have suitable steps to get to the rest of the garden. A new lawn, a new fence and to fill a gap in a retaining wall
The decking would run up to the western red cedar so it was important to choose the right decking colour to go with it. This new terrace would be larger than the existing terrace… As the decking boards were 3.6 metres in length it made sense to use this as a maximum measurement. It reduced waste and made the best use of the space available.
Maintenance was high on the agenda here, it had to be as minimal as it could… so a slightly more robust fence was in order and a synthetic lawn too. No mowers needed… only the occasional hoover. The retainer was created in Use Class 4 sections of timber… That’ll be a sound construction for 20 years plus…
Raised decking design and balustrade
The client chose Millboard golden oak composite decking because of the natural timber look and how it would work with the cedar cladding. Karl suggested minimal balustrade using Accoya® painted grey with Owatrol Solid Colour Stain. This paired with contrasting metal panels would fit perfectly with the simple yet contemporary aesthetic.
With over 150 metal garden screen designs to choose from they settled for these stylish circular designs. This design allowed you to see right through them to the rest of the garden. We have used similar designs before but you will notice they are more for privacy so the laser cut holes are smaller.
The metre of so front face of the decking frame was wrapped in the same decking as the min platform. This was the same price as custom made privacy panels but worked better with this scheme.
The world’s smallest planting scheme
In order to keep this garden low maintenance Karl opted to use a planting scheme with 2 plants. One a Dicksonia Antarctica and the other a Asplenium Scolopendrium. These ferns make a lovely hidden feature under the steps and it wouldn’t matter if they were forgotten about… they don’t need any attention.
Credits and Further information
Location – Tring
Completed – 2020
Design and Landscaping – Karl Harrison Landscapes Ltd
Materials – Country Supplies, Lathams Ltd and Owatrol.
Panels – Metal Garden Screen