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Onslow Square, Chelsea

Brief

Rear townhouse garden  where clients requested low maintenance space that allowed the entertaining of guests across two terraces, while delivering a setting for more intimate occasions.

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Design development

Initial garden concept incorporated directional decked walkway leading to rear garden focal point of raised water cascade on upper yorkstone terrace.  With major house renovations being undertaken in conjunction with garden works, budget unfortunately dictated the decision to install yorkstone terrace with inclusion of herbaceous borders to soften and provide all year interest.  The choice of 145mm wide smooth faced decking for lower terrace was taken to provide simple warm application that created an exterior extention from family room.  The selection of yorkstone for upper terrace, step treads and boundary wall edging was to add an element of age and period consistency that linked garden with late 17th century property exterior.  The use of yorkstone was also applied to earlier front garden installation, providing material continuity that complemented overall scheme.  Clients requirement for space to entertain numbers of guests and hold small functions reflected in the use of open decked lower and upper yorkstone terraces extending to boundary walls and linked via three 1.5m wide yorkstone steps to maximise available garden space.  Two adjacent 450m stainless steel water cascades issue water into rectangular pools with marginal water plants to lessen the noise of city traffic and help form an atmosphere for more intimate occasions. Please click on space bar below to view presentation sheets.

         Completed scheme of decked lower and yorkstone upper terraces.

Below: Upper and lower terraces during construction.

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