Hampstead Heath Garden
This was a particularly delightful garden to design, as it has a secret door that opens onto the Heath, and an unobstructed view out from the house. It is a traditional building that was undergoing a sympathetic refurbishment, which included a stunning double height glass atrium with copper cladding. This affords a magnificent view out onto the garden from 2 key floors, placing great emphasis on the garden design layout.
Photos by Marianne Majerus
The garden needed to also work on many practical levels, serving a growing family of 5, with 2 dogs, whilst providing visual impact as soon as you walked in the front door. We chose to follow the lines of the new extension, to create a geometric design that belied the awkward triangular plot. Generous wide stone steps lead you up from the lower patio to a central lawn with stone banding. A stunning focal panel in Bronze echoes the rich copper colours used internally, and draws the eye out from the house. The sunniest spot is towards the rear of the garden, so a floating deck has been created to maximise this aspect, with a sunken fire pit for those cold summer evenings.
Clipped Taxus hedging is used to create discreet partitions and obscure play areas, and keep the Heath door hidden. An oak timber boardwalk behind the deck transports you above the planting to a secret lookout den, constructed from whole chestnut logs, to blend in with the landscape.
The clients' children take great delight in watching the world go by on Hampstead Heath, from the security of their low tree house.