Gorgeous Grey

Twickenham, TW1: east facing, some dappled shade

A bare site with a shabby patio and inappropriate lighting was not befitting for the lovely house by Marble Hill Park. It is now full of texture and perfect for the owners to relax, barbeque, and watch the wildlife.

We used a really simple, strong palette, painting fences to cover the original dark brown and to disguise where new fences were fitted.

The old patio had the ubiquitous spotlights along the edge, serving only to obscure the view and blind those stepping off.

We replaced these with LED strips concealed under the front of the steps, now paved in dark grey limestone. The LEDs cast a gentle glow out over the step below and catch the edge of the planting, an elegant solution.

We laid a lawn for lounging and a paved area for the barbeque, amongst lots of mixed planting for interest all year round. Strong shapes and bright greens really work well against the painted fence.

Two trees were removed and a third of the fence replaced, matching the exact size of the existing. Smart paving with dark grey pointing matches the tile lines inside the house.

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