We love a cantilevered step and in this tiny Sevenoaks garden they help us fully utilise the space making it feel bigger. This is the smallest garden we have designed to date. We call it our 'Pocket Garden', and we are very proud of it. We have transformed this tiny garden into a modern, easy to maintain social space.
This garden has zero threshold, a smooth transition from inside to out. We have connected with the client's new wooden floors and dark grey windows, fusing the two spaces, using a simple repeat palette of materials. We have incorporated a practical lift-up top to the bench to store their garden stuff, and three re-circulating water blades that cascade into a dark grey pebble mulch. The lower area has been laid with astro turf, fitted to represent a carpet rather than a lawn. The oak sleepers, painted to match the window frame colour, create robust steps to the lower area, where we've suspended a cantilevered bench from the boundary wall. We use a very limited palette of plants - Dicksonia, Hosta, Polystichum and Buxus - making it easy to maintain.