Urban, City & Town House Garden Design
Creating urban gardens for city dwellers
Urban, City & Townhouse Garden Design in London
For anyone who lives in London even the tiniest patch of outside space is something to cherish and enjoy. Hampstead Garden Design have created many wonderful outdoor spaces for city dwellers who crave an urban garden to relax in.
We have a wealth of experience in Town House garden design to maximise the usability of your garden space, whatever the size, shape or aspect of your outdoor area. Whether you have a shady, slim, Victorian side return or an overlooked back garden plot, we can help you to make the most of your garden space, using thoughtful and imaginative planning, good use of plants and clever visual techniques.
We can help you with the effective use of lighting to extend the time you can enjoy your garden, or with designing vertical surfaces, such as green walls, which will maximise the surface areas. We will work with you to create an oasis of peace, calm and tranquillity in even the most built up of areas.
Urban & Town House Garden Design: Small, medium or large?
Your urban space could be a small garden area, a simple terrace or an accessible roof in which you want to create a garden. Or it could be a large garden which you feel has become overgrown, neglected and unmanageable. Many London properties have good sized garden plots, where there is ample room to explore different options.
The starting point will always be:
How would you like to use your outdoor space?
Does the plot have any challenges or constraints?
When designing a garden, the most important starting point is to look at the available space with the client and discuss how this could be used. Often there are practical considerations such as the topography of the space, is it thin, shady or overlooked? Would you like to improve your privacy, so that you are less overlooked by neighbouring houses?
Here are some things to consider when planning the perfect urban garden design:
How will the space be used? Would you like a space for alfresco dining for you and the family, BBQs on the weekend with groups of friends, relaxing in the sun or a shady spot to escape the sun? Do you have young children, pets or someone who would find steps dffcult? The answer to this first question will help to shape the decisions which need to follow.
Where is your garden space located? If the garden is at ground floor level, is there access from the side of the house or do you need to access the space through your property? This is particularly important when considering features which you would like to incorporate in the creation of your new garden design.
If the outdoor space is a terrace or roof then again, considering how you will access the garden is a very important. Will you need an irrigation system, where will you store gardening tools and equipment and how will you take away garden waste?
The layout of your new garden. This will depend on what you want to do in your urban garden, whether you want to create a place to sit and enjoy the sun, a space for the children and pets to play safely or a dining space for entertaining. If you are planning a patio seating area, you need to consider where this will be, how large an area you will need and will this take advantage of the best views from your garden? Would you like your seating area to be in the sun or shade and where is the best spot for this?
What style of garden would you prefer, traditional and formal, urban and contemporary or intimate and cosy? Would you like a cosy, cottage style garden, a sleek urban retreat, a formal garden with structures such as arbours and trellises? Whatever you decide will begin to dictate the type of hard finishes and planting you might want to consider to create the desired look and feel. Hampstead Garden Design will work with you to help you define the style you are looking for.
Services and lighting: Too often urban garden spaces are abandoned for many months of the year because daylight has faded by the time you return home from work. With a little forethought you can create simple lighting effects to allow you to extend the time you can spend enjoying your outdoor space. Even if you are sitting inside your home, good lighting can extend your enjoyment of the outdoors from within.
The budget: Your available budget for your garden development is an important consideration. If you are planning to landscape and remodel the garden, perhaps change levels or create useable space from a sloping or difficult area or reinforce the building structure to allow you to use the roof, these works can be expensive. It is important to decide what you would like to spend from the outset
Hampstead Garden Design: Creating urban gardens across London
Hampstead Garden Design have over 10 years of experience in creating wonderful Town House gardens. If the thought of working your way through all of these questions and finding the answers, is overwhelming, we are here to help.
Hampstead Garden Design have created beautiful urban gardens over many years and can work with you and your ideas to design a garden which caters for all of your requirements.
If you would like to discuss your ideas to plan and develop your outdoor space then contact Hampstead Garden Designs for an informal talk about what you would like to create.
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Urban, City & Townhouse garden designs completed for clients.
St Johns Wood Traditional Garden
This garden redesign in St Johns Wood complements the new glass extension to the property, whilst also being sympathetic to this listed town house. Set over several levels, the garden uses crisp, pale porcelain paving, combined with a more traditional clay brick. The planting scheme includes tree ferns and hydrangea in the shadier areas with olive trees, scented evergreen jasmine and climbing roses in the sunnier beds.
Contemporary Roof Garden Design
Our garden loving clients asked us to design a roof terrace for their chic Marylebone town house apartment. We created additional privacy using bespoke contemporary slatted screens to the rear of the garden. The use of light weight, lead look planters provide ample planting opportunities, without compromising the integrity of the roof structure. The Mediterranean style planting is wind and drought tolerant and thrives in this hot and sunny space.
Belsize Park Walled Garden
This delightful walled garden in Belsize Park is generously proportioned and includes areas for both the adults to entertain and for the family children to play. Our planting design includes hellebores and banks of hydrangea in the shadier areas of the garden. The sunnier beds are planted with lavender, purple verbena and geranium, mixed with low grasses to create gentle movement and interest.
Long Narrow Garden Design
Following a complete house renovation, our clients asked us to redesign their long narrow, sloping garden. Our redesign breaks the space into a series of ‘rooms’ on different levels, which gradually lead you through the garden, from the dining area, up past the focal point water feature to the retaining gabions at the rear, ensuring that the whole garden is used. The borders were planted with a white flowering scheme of shrubs and perennials.
Contemporary Roof Terrace Design London
This roof top apartment boasts a large outdoor terrace, previously a little dated in style. We were enlisted to design a new roof garden terrace to complement the owners' impressive new extension. Porcelain tiled flooring is used both inside and out to blend the two spaces and light weight bespoke planters were commissioned for the new drought tolerant planting.
Hampstead Town House Garden
We redesigned this multi-level garden in order to make better use of the space for our clients. The extended patio dining area and kitchen blend with traditional style of their home, whilst having a contemporary edge. Frameless glass balustrades surrounding the terrace give an unbroken view to draw the family down to the mid terrace seating are, where they can enjoy cosy winter evenings around the central fire table.
Town House Garden Design Chiswick
This contemporary garden in west London was designed to be sympathetic to our client’s new modern extension. The two patio areas give space for relaxing and entertaining whilst the lawn area is small for easy maintenance. The grey tones of the granite paving and boundary screening provide an excellent backdrop for the planting scheme. This includes silver birch, olive and plants which flower in shades of blue, purple and white.
What clients say about their experience and their new garden
I am writing this is my study overlooking my wonderful new garden. From the first meeting to the final work, I could not have been happier. Sarah created a garden for us that 18 months on looks brilliant, even at this time of year. The end result is that we have a garden and new patio that we can enjoy and one that our grandchildren can also play in. Thank you Sarah.
Jonathan, Hampstead Garden Suburb
Sarah has given me the most beautiful garden. She listened to my ideas and stretched them even further. I could never have got here without her. Her landscaping was inspired and her planting has provided me with a year round delight. I would thoroughly recommend her.
Lizzie, London N8
Sarah of Hampstead Garden Design was a delight to work with, she designed a wonderful patio, front driveway and garden planting scheme for us. Sarah understood our brief completely and we are delighted with the finished results. We consider our garden to be another room in our house and are deriving so much pleasure from it. We would definitely recommend Hampstead Garden Design.
Michelle, Mill Hill
We moved in 2014 to a house with smaller and very unattractive gardens, front and back. We didn’t want to wait for years of our own trial and error improving them. A friend recommended Sarah and using her to design and plant our new gardens has been a real pleasure. She listened to our wants and dislikes, surveyed the new gardens carefully to take account of changes of level, supplied plans we could understand, noted our responses to her proposals, adapted them to what we wanted and oversaw the complete and imaginative redesign and planting of the new gardens.
The whole planting scheme was attractive and interesting and within our budget. Even in the first summer (2015) the result was just what we wanted and we’re confident it will get better and better as the gardens mature. We thought her fees were reasonable and she stuck to the figure she had quoted – no hidden surprises. Her communications with us were first rate.
Thank you Sarah!
Robert and Lynette, North Finchley
We were recommended to Sarah by our architect and found her excellent in every way. It was great to have the garden designed so beautifully and it has greatly enhanced our home. All went very smoothly and it was a pleasure to deal with her.
David and Helen, Hampstead Garden Suburb
From the outset, Sarah was a great listener and transferred my vision to a set of plans that my builders found easy to follow. She worked hard to source products that matched my requirements and always went the extra mile to deliver an excellent and cost effective service. Sarah was a pleasure to work with and I am happy to recommend her work.
Amanda, Golders Green
Sarah understood exactly how I wanted to transform my garden and the result is beautiful and easy to maintain. She is very efficient and extremely pleasant to work with.
We had a number of meetings with Sarah to discuss ideas and she interpreted what we wanted beautifully. The companies she recommended to carry out the actual building work according to her plans were excellent. Then began the job of choosing the plant layout which, again, Sarah interpreted beautifully. Everything was planted in September 2016 and now, summer 2017, we are reaping the rewards of a mature, easy to maintain, lovely garden, both back and front. Highly recommended.