garden designer and artist
carol whitehead contemporary garden designer and artist
garden designer and artist

contemporary terrace on a steep gradient

contemporary terrace on a steep gradient

A water curtain feature on a contemporary terrace by carol whitehead garden designercontemporary-terrrace-carol-whitehead-garden-design-east-sussexCarol has recently designed a stylish contemporary terrace on a steep gradient with integral steps and ponds.

New paved paths and a series of safer redesigned integral steps and ponds lead to terraces though the garden. Retaining walls are made from local Wealdon sandstone found on site. These contrast with newly built smart clean rendered walls. The juxtaposed textures of these two different surfaces creates a wonderful mix of styles.

The journey up to this new contemporary terrace on a steep gradient is now a safer one, with the new practical paving and ergonomic step dimension along route. This is lit with down lighters to give better visibility in the dark when walking up and down the terrace.

Water blades set into the beautifully rendered walls, fall into deep sump ponds. This simple and effective water
feature provides focus, pulling the explorer up the hill! There are lots of rest points on route too.

Sleek horizontal cedar trellising extends the retaining wall at the top of the garden and also screens a utility area. The screen picks up the shadow of the existing Magnolia stellata tree at the top level to dramatic effect in the intense sunshine and will be planted with scented climbers.

The clients wanted something ‘subtle and robust’ to set off the new planting they plan to work on next year.

“Carol. Thank you again for helping us transform our garden into a new and exciting space that will provide years of enjoyment! It was important to us that the process was a gradual one and we are grateful that you were able to accommodate that. Your vision and attention to detail resulted in a scheme which was affordable yet had all the elements we wished for. I will miss our “garden chats” but am looking forward to carrying out the planting with so much more confidence than I had before.” Angela and Jeff, Rotherfield

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