Renovation and refurbishment projects extend far beyond the confines of four walls, as it's not only homes that fall into disrepair, but outdoor spaces too. In this instance, not one, but three rooftops that were left forgotten and unmaintained . A crying shame, as not only do these terraces boast million dollar views, but are located in the coveted and pricey district of Belgravia in central London. For these reasons, it is only fitting that the newly renovated roof terraces would match the grandeur and esteem of the area.
Fork Garden Design, in conjunction with London property developers Residence One and interior designers Laura Hammett Ltd, revitalised and regenerated these three rooftop terraces that were in much need of help and care. The end result is nothing short of amazing; with the before photos proving completely unrecognisable from the finished product. Take a look…
You wouldn't know by looking at this image, nor would you think that a roof terrace like this would be found in one of the wealthiest districts in the world. Unused and uncared for, this space doesn't reflect the properties or status of any of the homes or gardens in the area. The steel fencing is outdated and the wooden elements are mossy, rotting and old. This is certainly not a place where the elite of England would want to spend their time.
From this angle, we can see the basement courtyard on the lowest floor. Again, piles of rubble and rubbish are the only things that inhabit this space. Scaffolding, mould and exposed cables feature prominently—what should become of this poor courtyard?
As mentioned in the introduction, the roof terrace is now a shade of its former self, oozing with elegance and style. The wicker chairs selected are hard-wearing, and well suited to the ever-changing climate in inner city London. Paved in limestone, the terrace hosts sofas and an outdoor dining table for six. The envy of friends and family, you would soon become the preferred location to host breakfasts, brunches, lunches, dinners and even drinks—the works! Bordering the newly painted fence are a row of artificial box hedges which are housed in powder coated aluminium containers.
Here is the above view again, yet this time featured at night. The soothing lighting effects in place not only help to create a pleasurable ambience and mood, but they cause minimal disturbance to the neighbours and properties close by. On a summers evening, there is really no spot you'd rather be. Amongst the rooftops, under the stars with a cool drink or glass of wine—the simple pleasures in life.
Here, you can see the planter boxes and hedges up close. The dove grey colour works wonderfully against the greenery, and helps the space to look fresh and updated. The shine also creates a point of difference in material textures and works wonderfully against the matte finish on the sofas.
From this view, not only can you see the three renovated courtyards and terraces in full, but you also can see the four large, old, Olea Europea trees which have been potted and placed in various places around the roof terrace to create a subtle distinction between the different areas. You can also see the different styles which have been employed on each level, creating a sense of individuality between the apartments, yet also linking and tying them together.
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