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The sandstone flows from the interior floor matching its tone and changing into hardwood. Sgraffito render in the square wall bays provides a textural background to an art display. A small fish pond gives home to a slender statue - seating is informal using movable seats. The client, who is a keen art collector, needed some space to display sculpture.

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BATTERSEA | small patio garden

25mē garden | modern renovation


This modern London house had only a tiny strip of outdoor space, yet the neutral tones of the design provide a perfect foil for the crispness of the artwork and the colour of the furniture. With the client travelling this patio was not going to be about maintenance - as in many designs this space was created with low upkeep in mind. Two interesting features frame this garden and provide much reflection: a small fish pond on one end and a wine cellar on the other. Although tiny the space does feel like a true outdoor room as glass on three sides links it well to the house. I continued the indoor grid of limestone flooring out to the patio using smooth sandstone with some brown veining, which mimics the limestone. I did not want the whole surface in a pale stone as the main wall elevation was to be light so a contrasting hardwood deck was added.


Orange seats inject a zest of colour into otherwise a fairly monochrome scheme. The New Zealand Muehlenbeckia climber conceals the pond’s pump. My tapered square planter design is powder coated to house a European fan palm. The bust by David Klein is the first focal point that appears on approaching the patio from the living room. The main design feature is a long wall with 3 square bays. On first visiting, a low brick wall was dominating the space. There was no point in removing it and I saw potential in making something out of it - particularly as it will be seen from the kitchen above and will give a home to a contemporary art display.


The internal shelves and top of the wall bays were clad in sandstone and recessed lights were fixed into the ceiling. The inside faces gave scope for something special. As the client had marmorino render on some of the interior walls, he was also aware of the sgraffito method of using a lime render, pigments and textures. As I had just recently become acquainted with a great sgraffito artist I invited Sally Ellwood to prepare some samples for the client. We built some scaffolding and left Sally to it. The result is refined and gives a great connection to the interior finishes. At 3 metres deep and 8 metres long, this small patio garden is a triumph of logistics, a client's brief and making the most out of a left over stretch of land.

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