The existing landscaping was aesthetically unappealing and the timber stairs were very slippery. There was very little attraction to draw the clients into their backyard. Entertaining was confined to the awkwardly small area near the back of the residence. With the lack of proper planning and layout of the original garden, the amount of landscape maintenance was also an issue.
Initial concepts were generated through rough sketches of the property, integrating the functionality requested by the client and their top three design objectives.
These concepts were reviewed with the clients prior to proceeding with the formal drawings.
A formal scale landscape concept/planting plan was generated highlighting the client’s specified features and the top three design objectives. The concept/planting was designed in such a way to create a fusion with the existing topography, architectural style of the home as well as west coast contemporary design elements.
Construction began after approval of the finalized plans. The project was broken up into multiple stages with an order of operations based on the detailed landscape plans. Hardscape features were installed first in a logical order followed by the softscape components and then the night lighting.
Now the landscape provides dramatic, inviting and captivating spaces for pure relaxation. The eternal flow of water from the upper garden room to the lower entertaining area provides multiple viewing options. The upper patio acts as a service and viewing area, as well as a more intimate space for smaller gatherings. The elevation of this space was raised which allows for viewing of much of the surrounding landscape. The lower patio is larger allowing it to function more as an entertaining space for larger gatherings. The patio is surrounded with natural stone walls, and a dramatic curved arbour which defines the space. These features also promote the sense of enclosure as well as provide privacy for this sunken garden room. Landscape Designers Surrey.
This project is a proud recipient of the 2008 BCLNA Landscape Award of Excellence!