A very contemporary take on a back garden for a stunning modern home

The brief

Create a simple design to complement a unique and ultra-modern property, with its grey outside walls and black cladding at one end of the house. The design should incorporate a large contemporary-look patio and a series of raised beds.

Katie’s design solution

Katie’s design achieved the brief by mirroring the angular lines of the property, in particular the sharp roof line of the right side of the house. Raised beds have been designed around triangular and diagonal lines and are set at an angle away from the house. This creates an optical illusion, making the space appear larger than it is.

The angled beds are quite a radical design approach – moving away from the norm where gardens are designed around straight lines centred off the house, and raised beds are often located along the boundary walls, in front of the property or towards the bottom of a garden.

Large porcelain slabs add to the contemporary look and draw light into the garden with the pale porcelain tones which contrast perfectly with the darker colours of the house. We used porcelain paving in ‘Station Pearl’ 1200 x 600mm slabs and sourced from Global Stone via our supplier Nigel Belcher Turf and Paving.

What’s left to do

The raised beds will be finished off with a cladding of smooth softwood decking boards, which our client plans to stain in a darker shade. The beds will then be topped up with a soil and compost mix ready for planting.

Like what you see?

From planning a new border to a complete garden remodel, we pride ourselves on transforming ideas into beautiful reality, with minimum disruption. If you’re based in or around the Reading and Newbury area, we’d love to meet and discuss your project in detail – book your free no-obligation garden consultation today. We do get pretty booked up, particularly during the Spring, so plan ahead if possible!