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Before and After: Sad Wasteland to the Ultimate Modern British Garden

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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Speaking about this epic project, Reis London revealed, We added a loft conversion and extension to a Victorian terrace property in London. As well as landscaping the garden to create a low maintenance contemporary finish.

They make it sound so simple, like it was nothing, but the impact has been enormous. Gone is a wasteland at the rear of the property and it has been replaced with a gorgeous garden, prime for socialising in. The loft conversion has also been added with symbiotic design considered and, as a whole, the improvements to this property have been off the charts!

Before: What a waste(land)

The one thing that strikes us about this garden, other than the fact that it is depressing, is that it is a fantastically large size, especially for a London terrace. With that in mind, there must have been plenty of potential to give this outside space a facelift.

With fantastic proportions, being neither too long nor too narrow, this garden offers so many possibilities but what was actually installed will have been dependent on client tastes, so let's take a look!

After: Total transformation

Addition of a Loft Conversion, Rear Extension with bi folding doors and a contemporary garden :   by IS AND REN STUDIOS LTD

Addition of a Loft Conversion, Rear Extension with bi folding doors and a contemporary garden


Wow! If you tell us you can still see any traces of how the garden looked before, we're going to call you out on it because this is a total transformation and there's no questioning it. The rich cherry coloured wood is the perfect choice and complements the red finish on the loft extension. And just look at the polished tiles and wooden decking flooring.

A tumbleweed wasteland has been turned into the perfect high-end garden, complete with integral seating and plenty of amazing finishing touches. It makes the house look so exclusive!

After: Sun and shade

We love the optimism at play here. The owners clearly believe we will have some days of summer in the future and have installed a pergola just in case they need to escape the glaring heat and get into the shade for a little while. And that seating! While wooden bench seating isn't always the most comfortable, we can see from here that won't be a problem in this garden paradise.

Black fencing really adds a sense of privacy, as well as an extra accent colour that contrasts with all the cherry wood and it's so dramatic! 

After: Light it up

A chilly night by the fire :   by IS AND REN STUDIOS LTD

A chilly night by the fire


Let's just run through some of our favourite garden additions and check them off according to whether this example has them, shall we? Stunning seating? Check. Privacy fencing? Check. Stunning plants? Check. Somewhere to keep warm? Check!

While some people might have taken the patio heater route, we love this open-sided fire wall that is perfect for chilly evenings when you don't want to have to go inside. And let's be honest, if this was your garden would you ever go indoors? 

After: Raising the game

Raised Flower Beds and Ever Greens :   by IS AND REN STUDIOS LTD

Raised Flower Beds and Ever Greens


Raised beds never fail to look great but this one in particular is hitting all the right notes. Long, lean and finished in sparkling white render, we think this boxy design looks gorgeous and offers the perfect solution for reintroducing some greenery to the space.

We are loving the combination of small shrubs and tall trees. What an eye-catching set up. By installing a warmer fencing section behind the plants, the black has been toned down to prevent it from being too overbearing and allows extra light in for the plants to enjoy.

If you loved this transformation, take a look at this Ideabook: The Modern British Garden. We think  you'll find extra outdoor space ideas here!

Do you love this space as much as us? Which ideas would you like to incorporate into your garden? Let us know in the comments!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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