Hemel Hempstead Family Garden

The brief for this project was to design and build a contemporary garden for a family in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire. There were clear instructions to set aside an area for the children to enjoy and an area for the adults to relax.

The clients had some firm ideas of what they wanted for their new garden – a patio with a series of curves in a dark stone and exotic planting to match the contemporary style. During the first meeting we put forward the idea to the clients of extending the curved theme to take in the lawn area too, in effect basing the whole design around one sweeping curve to unify all the elements in the garden.

The Contemporary Garden Design

With the main frame work in place work could begin on the design. At this stage various sketches were produced and ideas shown to the clients, certain elements like a path and circular seating area were dropped but others such as an asymmetrical layout for the play area were retained. From this process the final design was decided upon and detailed drawings produced.

Building the Garden

On arrival we encountered what can only be described as an uninspired mish-mash of a garden, essentially almost everything was to be ripped out giving us a blank canvass to work with. The gallery below shows the main construction process.

Contemporary Planting Scheme

No garden would be complete without the plants. Keeping to the overall theme a selection of exotic looking plants were selected and mixed with various grasses along with some more subtle specimens to create a  balanced planting scheme.

Before and After

Finally, showing the full transformation undertaken some before and after shots of the garden.