The house on this wide but shallow site is located in the middle, leaving a u-shaped area around the sides and back. A cobbled driveway was laid to the left of the house for parking, with a grassy children’s play area directly behind it.
A mixture of relatively mature trees, including a selection of choice Japanese Maples, Cornus kousa, Betula pendula provide shade for the family on warmer days—and for a selection of woodland and shade-loving plants too. Much of the garden is enclosed by a high wood-panelled garden fence for privacy.
A feature of the garden is the softening of the boundary by using phyllostachys vivax, or Chinese Timber Bamboo. The bamboo and black mondo grass is densely planted in a river-stone bed around the garden boundary, which was edged with a cobble-stone strip. The bamboo creates amazing visual interest, moves at the slightest breeze and allows light to pass through its canopy.
Generous patio doors entice the family outside and onto the hardwood deck or the patio, with its polished black composite pavers. The water feature is clad with polished porcelain tiles, which have a certain reflective quality to them, mirroring the surface of the water in the feature.
The river-bed stones in the water feature are the same as those in the bamboo beds.