The life long dream to build their own home became a reality for this family in Kingston. Primarily the idea was to downsize but the finished project is an amazing large stylish house with a formal front garden and a vibrant abundantly planted rear garden
The original design concept was for a formal garden at the front of the house with green planting and minimum colour. The double doors for the main living area look out onto a large rectangular reflecting pool (still under construction). Evergreen trees Photinia ‘Red Robin’ provide screening from neighbouring houses.
On the opposite side of the entrance a petanque pitch was incorporated into the design, as the owners also own a property in France. Planting for shade with interesting evergreen foliage and seasonal spring and autumn colour was introduced. Climbers anchor the building in the site.
The garden design brief then expanded when further land to the rear of the property was purchased. The design for this garden was to feel completely different from the formal front garden, with vibrant colour, abundant planting, fruit trees, and an informal wildlife pond.
“Our brief to Wendy was a challenging one. We were converting a former commercial office and builder’s yard into a new domestic home. The entire area was hardstanding and a very peculiar shape. The landscaping was always going to be perhaps the most important element of this self-design and build project and Wendy did not fail to produce a beautiful creation for us. Neither of us have any gardening knowledge or concept of garden design, but she listened carefully to the few things we felt needed to be incorporated and she delivered. One year post planting it already enhances our new build and we look forward to watching it develop and mature into Wendy’s clear vision of what she wanted to achieve for us. She possesses a distinct and artistic eye with a wonderful feel for colour, shape and structure. We could not have asked for more.” Catherine K