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Small garden design

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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A small outdoor space shouldn't stop you from having the garden you've always wanted. In fact, if anything, it encourages you to be more savvy about the space you do have. Small areas can make just as big of an impact as a large one, so we've put together some of our best examples of small garden design on homify to give you a lesson in space saving, thought provoking and design maximising. You can apply these to an existing or new build—the only limit is your imagination. Take a look..


If space is limited, your furniture and decorative elements don't necessarily have to be, but it is advisable to consider what is practical and functional above anything else. In terms of furniture, before you purchase the outdoor setting you've been ogling at for months, take down the measurements and see if it can be appropriately configured to your garden. Black & Milk Residential have included exactly what this garden needs—a modern outdoor setting with a secondary level of greenery. Simple though it may be, it doesn't lack personality or style. In fact, this minimalist design looks well planned, comfortable and intimate. 

Simple & stylish

West London Home by Sybarite Architects:  Garden by Whitaker Studio
Whitaker Studio

West London Home by Sybarite Architects

Whitaker Studio

Whitaker Studio have masterfully photographed this petite garden by Sybarite Architects. Here, we see an innovative and quirky way of addressing outdoor seating in a small garden. Located within a house that encompasses the finest space saving designs, this cleverly designed courtyard is roomy enough for children to play, and for adults to relax in the fresh air. Whether you fancy a cup of tea in the morning or a glass of wine in the evenings, a simple yet elegant space like this is your own private oasis in a built up environment. We love how the climbers and creepers appear to be reclaiming the rear wall—the freely growing plants give a secret garden type feel.

Table for 2?

A tiny courtyard can be the epicentre of your outdoor life, too. In this image, created by Fenton Roberts Garden Design, we see a compact area for eating and relaxing. There is also ample storage and plenty of room for herbs and small plants—it seems everything has been considered! Inner city life need not be restricting; you can entertain and chill out in the open just as much as if you had a big yard. This does, however, go back to the point we made earlier. Make sure you plan! More time spent in the early planning and development stages will shine through later on.


Small courtyard garden:  Garden by Paul Newman Landscapes
Paul Newman Landscapes

Small courtyard garden

Paul Newman Landscapes

Paul Newman Landscapes have created this cosy and eclectic raised outdoor area. Raised decks or levels are a great way to show hierarchy and create a distinction between different areas. For example, the grass area is reserved for playing or sports, and the upper level is specifically for entertaining or relaxing. This idea is easy to replicate in small and large gardens, even in courtyards! It can be done not only with the combination of grass and timber, but also with stone.

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Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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