This period home in Canterbury is located on a corner allotment where the front yard is open and exposed to the busy traffic noises of a major arterial road. The clients wanted to take ownership of this large space. The designed garden needed to respect the style of the house and create a unique pedestrian experience from the entrance gate to the front door, establishing a strong sense of arrival. Existing mature trees were to be incorporated into the scheme.
On entering the site, the visitor is guided down a clear path that opens out onto a formal edged lawn introducing the inner sanctum. By extending the entrance landing, we created a welcoming gesture.
The feature pond area provides private, enclosed spaces for entertaining small groups or hosting intimate dinners. The use of wrought iron at the pedestrian gate not only retains privacy, this also connects the house back to the street, providing glimpses for the passer-by. Levels were an issue with this site but by emphasizing them at key points they helped reinforce the chosen layout.