A Recycled Home Workers Garden, Wandsworth, SW11
Ben and Michela have a 30 square meter garden in Wandsworth. Their garden was largely overgrown with an old shed used for storage. This was not an inviting place to spend time. This is what they wanted to change. The key elements in making this change were to provide a seating and dining space, a building for home working, natural plant elements to soften the hard surfaces and to add privacy. In addition there was a desire to reuse and recycle as much as possible. A design was created incorporating all these elements and work commenced.
Work started by heavily cutting back all mature planting keeping all the plants that would become part of the new garden and removing and recycling those that weren’t. The old shed was dismantled, removed and recycled. The old patio slabs were dirty and the ground underneath had sunk. By pressure washing the slabs and relaying on a new hard and level surface the seating and dining space was transformed and created. A 3 meter square concrete base was laid as the foundation for a new wooden 2.5 meter square cabin. This was built off site and erected on site. It is insulated and has an electricity supply allowing year round use as a workspace and relaxation area. Ben was keen to be able to play table tennis in the garden using a fold away table to be stored behind the new building. To allow sufficient playing space high quality lawn turf was laid beside the new patio. The path was the connecting element in the design. This was the way to be able to travel from the house through the new garden to the cabin and the back exit gate. There were a lot of straight lines in the garden so we wanted to have something different and Ben & Michela came up with the idea to reuse existing tiles but to offset the lines and have space in between each tile making stepping stones. The stepping stones have pebbles with natural colours that connect with other elements in the garden.
Finally plants that had been saved and rejuvenated, especially a beautiful pink Camellia, were planted throughout the garden.