This detached family home in Bearsden was in the process of being extended at the back of the property.

A large kitchen, and family room and spacious utility room was well underway, and as a result their former patio area had largely disappeared. We are asked to produce a garden design that would fit in with their extension and also tie in with the existing mono block driveway, which they were keeping.

Having the lawn area as large as possible was important to them, to accommodate their three children. The focus of the design was the view from their kitchen windows. The sloping driveway was at the maximum height 1metre down from the new patio height and the existing retaining wall was unstable.

We built a new retaining wall using Staffordshire blue brick and blue grey bullnose copes. Then carefully constructed new steps to tie in with the driveway patio and lawn area. The curved shape of the patio created a more fluid shape and took the eye around the garden to a smaller patio area and the new steps.

The paving we used was blue grey granite paving edged with cropped setts. The laying pattern has a contemporary feel to it and this links into the style of the kitchen, sleek with cool hues of grey in the work tops and walls.

This mature garden had many large shrubs already, therefore the only additional planting needed was some colourful herbaceous planting such as leucanthemum, penstemon, allium, helenium alstroemeria and spring bulbs. Some detailed planting around the retaining wall was kept simple, using pink phormium and lavender.

New drainage was added to the lawn areas and a new premium lawn was laid flush with the patio. Some soft ambient lighting around the planted borders and around the trampoline at the back of the garden, provided a beautiful vista from their glass extension at night.


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