Victorian Path – Designed & Constructed by Grass Tiger
With this Garden design we have been involved from the initial consultation through the design process to the implementation. We have worked closely with Maggie and James to capture exactly what they wanted.
Situated in a quite street in Kingston upon Thames, London this front garden re-design had to look striking but also fit in with Victorian features of the property and be very practical to fit in with Maggie James and their family’s day to day life e.g creating a herringbone path through the front garden to cope with a big family and pets walking through on a regular basis as well as accommodating the bin store at the side of the house and allowing ample access to take the bins to the front gate.
Initially the front garden was in a bad state, the grass was being worn down due to the bins being stored around the side of the house and the lawn being used as a throughway by the family and pets. Maggie and James used the front garden to catch the last of the sun at the end of the day, They also liked to sit there and have a glass of wine and listen out for there children as they played with their friends in the surrounding streets. hence the seats and table.
The front path that had been laid years before and had subsided over time. We came up with the most elegant and functional option of having a herringbone path and seating area, the path leads to the seating area but also to the bin store around the side of the house. The herringbone path is quite wide leaving the perfect space either side for planting a selection seasonal interest plants. This results in a low maintenance area that is functional but also a lovely setting to relax and catch the last rays of the sun as they listened to the kids play.
We removed the existing tile path and installed a Victorian tile path (Tiles supplied by London Mosaic) with rope edging rope edging had moved over time, we salvaged as much of the old rope edging as we could and when installing the edging on the new path we supplied new edging to match in with the old and painted with masonry paint to give a really even colour marched finish and added planting either side to add colour and interest (supplied by The Palm Centre).
The house and the street aren’t square so we had to find a solution for how the path meets the street. We made a bespoke step tread with Buff York Stone and mirrored it on the house porch to add continuity this also mirrored the Buff York stone path and steps that were laid down the left-hand side of the house. The gate pillars had to be rebuilt and we made bespoke renders pillar caps to emulate the neighbours pillar caps.
All of the beds have been fitted with irrigation to help the planting establish over the next two years and lighting so the seating area is usable during the warm summer nights and during the early winter nights you can look out from the front room and enjoy the view of the unique cottage seating area.
Grass Tiger provided an excellent service redesigning the entrance to our house and front garden. Their attention to detail was impressive and we were delighted with the finished product. It was a pleasure to work with Jeff and Mike who listened carefully and were conscientious about getting the design right and problem solving unexpected issues along the way! The work took a little longer than we expected but that was due to careful workmanship rather than a lack of hard work. Mike and Jeff were very reliable and trustworthy. We would not hesitate to recommend them to others in the future.
Maggie and James – Kingston