‘Our space is Now Hid­den away’

Stylist at Home Toni, 34, trans­formed her fam­ily’s over­looked out­door area into a re­lax­ing re­treat with com­plete pri­vacy

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Pe­riod prop­er­ties can throw up anom­alies but, for us, it wasn’t the in­te­rior that was prob­lem­atic, but rather the ex­te­rior,’ says Toni. ‘Hav­ing in­her­ited a small gar­den over­looked by our neigh­bours, our plot felt a lit­tle bit ex­posed, so en­ter­tain­ing or re­lax­ing out­side wasn’t re­ally an op­tion.

What’s more, at just 6 x 3 me­tres, it was hardly the largest space to work with and, while pri­vacy was an over­rid­ing pri­or­ity, we were wor­ried that adding the high fencing we craved would re­sult in a cramped and claus­tro­pho­bic court­yard. How­ever, with our fam­ily re­luc­tant to spend time in the open area, we de­cided to bite the bul­let and go ahead with our plans.

New fencing

Our first task was to re­move the rot­ted fencing and fit new pan­els. I pur­posely chose a de­sign with open-slat de­tail­ing to al­low more light to come into the gar­den. Luck­ily we were able to use the ex­ist­ing fix­ing plates, which made our job of re­plac­ing the posts, pan­els and gate eas­ier.

How­ever, we weren’t quite so for­tu­nate when it came to our one and only plant, as we soon re­alised the hon­ey­suckle hedge was dy­ing in sec­tions. With the agree­ment of our neigh­bour, we de­cided to swap it for more fencing – al­though, I did later try to repli­cate its per­fume with new plant­ing. The trans­for­ma­tion of the gar­den, how­ever, was fan­tas­tic, as it in­stantly felt in­ti­mate.

Lawn re­place­ment

Our ini­tial plan had been to re­place the worn flag­stones, but the pres­ence of a man­hole cover and drainage wasn’t that ap­peal­ing, so while we tried to agree on a suit­able cov­er­ing, we painted the fence in my cho­sen shade of grey. Then when we were stock­ing up on paint, we stum­bled across our so­lu­tion – ar­ti­fi­cial grass.

Chris was the one who sug­gested it, and al­though I was scep­ti­cal at first, I think the fin­ished re­sult looks great. Rather than cover the en­tire gar­den, we also in­stalled

‘Pres­sure -treated tim­ber fur­ni­ture is very Prac­ti­cal as it can be left out all year round and shouldn’t re­quire an­nual main­te­nance’

decking out­side the French win­dows to add in­ter­est and de­fine the din­ing area.

as we al­ready had an old metal ta­ble and chairs, these were spray painted for an in­stant up­date. i also wanted an ar­bour, but soon re­alised the space was too small. in­stead, we de­cided on a mod­u­lar seat­ing ar­range­ment that’s made from sleep­ers – it’s an all-weather tim­ber so­lu­tion. We chose two benches with planters, which are now filled with laven­der, and a ta­ble.

Fin­ish­ing de­tails

With ev­ery­thing al­most com­plete, i still felt we needed more plant­ing, but didn’t want to blow the bud­get. a trip home to my fam­ily’s farm led to the idea of us­ing trough planters, which are a cheaper al­ter­na­tive. ours are now bloom­ing with hon­ey­suckle, jas­mine and ver­bena bonar­ien­sis.

Chris, mean­while, built a handy stor­age unit from old scaf­fold planks and decking of­f­cuts – it’s great, as it hides the wall me­ters. and while we did go over bud­get – mainly due to our choice of fencing and fur­ni­ture – it was well worth the cost, as we now have pri­vacy in our pretty gar­den.’

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