Courtyard Garden, Leicester

Design Brief

A traditional terraced house in Westcotes with a paved yard. The existing garden comprised of two raised brick flowerbeds with a number of mature plants, but the layout did not make good use of the available space and felt cluttered.

The client wanted a more architectural feel and smaller planted areas. The intention was to use the space for al fresco dining when the weather permitted and greater screening for privacy was requested. The client wished to retain the traditional materials of Victorian blue brick paviors and a design was produced by her garden designer, Garden Blueprints of Ravenstone, Leicester.

The yard before work began.

Raised beds were removed from site. The original Victorian paviors were in poor condition, with many missing or damaged.

Reclaimed paviors were obtained and laid on a 75mm mortar bed.

Space for a gravel soakaway was left adjacent to the house.

Pointing around the drain outside the kitchen.

Planters and a seating area were created using double thickness breeze block.

The wall was beaded and rendered with a scratch coat.



Waiting for the first coat to dry.

A final top coat of render was applied.

The wall was painted with masonry paint and the plants are delivered. Bamboo provides screening at the end of the garden.

Box hedge are planted either side of the central seating areas.

The seating was made from reclaimed maple flooring - sanded and finished with many coats of Danish oil.

There is storage space beneath the seating panels.

The yard becomes a sun trap from mid-morning onwards.

The left and right hand seats are hinged and can be turned into a lounger on sunny days.

Trellis was fitted to the rear and party walls, increasing privacy and providing support for clematis and jasmine.

A tranquil space...

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