The Tiniest Courtyard in Gloucestershire
CONCEPT - Two options were presented for the design of this town courtyard. Both make a feature of the very high stone walls, with interesting climbing plants supported on either an architectural laser-cut metal trellis or a more discreet wiring system. Design 1 – the sloping pillar is disguised by cladding in Cotswold stone to match the wall, to divert attention from this, a focal point is built next to it creating a small ‘table’ on which is either a water bowl with gently bubbling fountain or a sculpture. Design 2- the buttress is repaired and the focal point is created in the corner of the garden with either a specimen shrub or large urn. In both designs, the main surface of the courtyard is the local pea-shingle with reclaimed York flagstones inset near to the doorways to avoid gravel being walked into the house. LED lighting with directional spotlights in bronze is subtle and extends the use of the garden.
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