Outdoor kitchen and large back garden

About This Project

An extensive makeover has transformed this large, unloved patch of grass into a vibrant and lively garden. Features include an outdoor kitchen with plenty of room for cooking, eating and entertaining.

About the project

After refurbishing their home and adding a new extension, our clients decided to bring the garden up to the same high standard. 

The large back garden was featureless but had wonderful views over the surrounding countryside and was reasonably private. The space really did have a lot of potential! The one downfall was that the clay soil tended to become very wet in winter time and baked hard during the summer. As Essex garden designers, we are no strangers to the challenges of clay soil and fearless Katie knew exactly how to tackle this garden.

The client brief

Our clients have a busy social life and desperately wanted to be able to entertain guests in their garden.  Their “wish list” included a barbecue, pizza oven, large dining area, space to grow vegetables, beautiful planting and somewhere to relax whenever possible.

The garden can feel rather exposed at times. The downside of those wonderful vistas is that the wind can blow cruelly across the garden. Our brief was to provide sheltered spots without hindering the view. 

Planting needed to be low maintenance, suitable for the soil type and quite “soft” and traditional in appearance.

Outdoor kitchen design

Katie’s design includes extensive lawns, generous planting and a practical, yet stylish layout.

A broad patio runs the width of the house and leads to a utility area and shed around one corner.  The windward side of the garden is home to a large outdoor dining area beneath a louvred pergola. Beautifully cut corten screening creates a feeling of intimacy.  

Directly beside the dining area is a bespoke outdoor kitchen. Features include, barbecue, pizza oven, food preparation surfaces and plenty of storage. The whole is clad in easy-to-clean porcelain tiles.

Leading on from the pergola and seating area is a vegetable patch. This is built at 45 degrees and makes good use of the corner of the garden.  Swathed in plants and with an intimate seating area, this part of the garden could be used for quiet reflection as well as food production.

The garden build

This garden was built by Holland Landscapes of Colchester.

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Garden Design
Back Garden Design, Large Garden Design, outdoor kitchen design, Planting Design, Rural Garden Design