This was an exciting project! Our clients had recently purchased a large new build property and wanted a garden to reflect their lifestyle, maximising their outdoor space for socialising and entertaining.
The brief was to create a large outdoor kitchen (foodies!) with a bar and partially covered eating, relaxing zone.
We began with a mood board, exchanging ideas with the clients primarily over zoom (as we were in lockdown at the time)… Lush green foliage provides a tropical, holiday feel, uber-contemporary poured concrete for the structural features and even a gorgeous bespoke corten steel rain-wall water feature to go in - plans were afoot!
Once the job began, there were inevitable alterations and creative additions on the fly, for instance, the decision to go with vertical cedar slats (instead of horizontal) and use the same to partition the utility area of the garden.
Poured concrete for the kitchen & bar installations was an exciting learning curve for us but yielded fantastic results. The client was then keen to include additional benches from concrete piers and cedar seats in keeping with the overall design. The lighting spec also evolved naturally, with the client purchasing their own neon sign to add to the mix.
Perhaps the most challenging part of the project overall was getting our heads around creating the water feature. This corten steel ‘rain-wall’ idea had been a concept gleaned from Pinterest, but once the client had fallen in love with it, we had no option but to figure out how to make it! It became one of those occasions where it’s so important to have a great network in the trade, and with a bit of head-scratching from our steel fabricator friend and the pond guys next door to us who supplied the irrigation, we got there!