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Ernle Road, Wimbledon

Brief

Design and build for front garden of private residence whose owners wished to transform the existing limiting sloped aspect into a practical area that maximises available space for the use and enjoyment of their young family.

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Design development

The initial grade of the front garden roughly followed the line of the newly installed paved driveway.  This profile did little to maximise its 330m2 area and the clients wished for a contained area that allowed their young children to play safely and relatively unsupervised throughout the year.  The surface treatment of the front garden terrace is comprised of 1.1m x 560mm Indian sandstone pavers laid soldier coursed with Stock Multi-red bricks forming the egding to the tree pits and directional strips between gate and house entrance.  The same stock brick is used for step risers, raised planters and retaining walls.  The inter-war construction of the main house reflects the economic stringency and the move towards modernism of the time.  The building form is simple and fairly austere with limited embellishment, although the decorative style of Art Deco is apparent.  It was agreed that the deep indian red tone of the house brick was too dark to be reflected in the front garden and the lighter multi-red stock with a similar texture was used instead.  A small rectangular island of lawn provides a soft area for the children to play while echoing the simple form of the square bay window.  An English cottage planting style was used to unite house with garden, consisting of colours that complemented the tones found in the hard landscaping materials.    Please click on space bar below to view presentation sheets.

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                                  Front garden terrace of completed project, excavation of existing sloped ground level, Placement of formwork and concrete footings, finished hard landscaping works and border planting scheme