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Decking Project, Redhill, Surrey – Dog Friendly

Decking over part of your lawn may not be the first thing that springs to mind when designing your garden. But it suited these clients perfectly. This country client just outside Redhill in Surrey had a conservatory extension planned which meant they would lose their patio.

Their decking project brief was: –
• the need for a new seating and entertainment area while still maintaining a good sized lawn for their dog
• new access to the raised garden area as the old steps would go when the extension was built
• replacing fencing that was in poor repair on both sides, adjoining the new seating area
• new planting to set it all off and add interesting view from the new extension

The Decking Project

Due to the building restrictions of the new extension, we had to stage the landscaping project for the new decking. Firstly we took down the old wall and steps; built temporary steps and replaced the damaged fencing. Once the main conservatory structure was built we came back.

The design for the new decking set it at an angle, across the garden. This was so that it blended seamlessly into the lawn beyond. A curved edge on the right hand side also helped to integrate the decking into the garden and new planting.

The new flight of garden steps reflected the main angle and encouraged movement across the decking. Generous dimensions help when walking up the steps carrying drinks and food to the table.

Lastly we put in new, cottage garden style planting to set off the new decking. For example, traditional cottage garden pinks – Dianthus – give colour and scent. A new herb border was planted next to the decking steps; easily accessible from the kitchen.

The raised border planting gives a pleasant view from the new extension.

And there’s still plenty of lawn for their German Shepherd Dog to play on!