This was an outside space which was completely underutilised when I first viewed it. Although small, my client and I could see it had huge potential to dramatically enhance the outlook of this ground floor, centrally located flat in London. The terrace led onto the main communal gardens, so I could see it becoming a beautiful private space for relaxing in and enjoying outdoor entertaining, within a much larger green oasis. There were a couple of ugly brick and concrete vent covers that needed to be disguised, as well as concrete paving slabs.
My brief was to design a scheme that included a comfortable space for a table and chairs with extra built-in seating, screening at either end of the terrace to give privacy from the neighbouring flats without cutting out light, and lush planting to give year round colour and vibrancy. The resulting scheme incorporates custom-made trellis and solid wooden panels painted a strong blue for impact, matching planters filled with architectural, evergreen planting, including dwarf bamboos, phormiums, grasses, agapanthus and topiary box balls, and hardwood decking. The same decking boards are used to clad the vent covers, and thicker planks provide the extra seating. Large hand-made Cretan pots further soften the modern brick walls of the flat and annual planting provides flower power throughout the summer months. A complete transformation!