Modern Courtyard: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Modern Courtyard: modern Garden by Earth Designs
Modern Courtyard: modern Garden by Earth Designs

The area level with and adjoining the house was paved with light grey sandstone to give enough space for the client to bring their large dining room table out into the garden when they wish to entertain.

The remainder of the space was floored with softwood decking, raised at one end to combat the slope and unite the garden as a continuous level surface. A slate tile edging separates the sandstone and decked areas. An ‘L’ shaped flush bed containing 4 box balls and a stainless steel water sphere creates a focal point from the house through the double patio doors. The decked area was enclosed by a softwood timber pergola. This was half-roofed with timber joists onto which blue Perspex panels were fixed. Suspended from the pergola frame is the main feature of the garden – a large, deep, timber swing seat ready for the client to dress with an array of cushions, mattresses and throws. Aluminium chain curtains hang down either side of the pergola structure to add definition and help to create the illusion of ‘a room in the garden’, a theme re-enforced by three globe lights hanging from the pergola cross beam. Along the left side of the back wall three 90cm high illuminated planters featuring box balls add day- and night-time interest to the space.

Colour: Blue
Credits: Earth Designs (Garden Design and Build) Marcus Harpur (photos)
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