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Modern Country Family Living

  • Location: Chilworth, nr Guildford
  • Designer: Tim Horner – Waratah Garden Design & Construction.
  • Cost: £40,000 + VAT
  • Contractors: Main Contractor – Waratah Garden Design & Construction.
  • Lighting – The Light Garden – www.thelightgarden.co.uk


Having completed a refurbishment and extension of 1950’s bungalow with a large new oak conservatory leading on to the garden, the client wanted to compliment the interior and external style of the house in the garden. Extending the entertaining and to include a large lawn with space for the young children to play and also include space for play equipment. A newly erected garden shed was also to be included in the overall scheme


The house extension was a very clean contemporary space internally and the use of new oak timber beams and windows gave the house a barn style feel. It was decided that a country feel with some more contemporary ideas was going to compliment the style of both the house and also the client and their family.

I wanted to avoid using to many straight lines, for whilst it would reflect the clean lines of the contemporary living inside the house, I thought a softer more organic feel was what was needed in the garden

Using traditional materials such as large oak beams and cleft railings in more unusual ways added structure to the garden. Other elements such as an small orchard and meadow gave the garden a real feel of the english country garden.

The children’s play area was incorporated into one of the larger borders so that in time once the play equipment was no longer in use it could be reverted to a planting border

The planting was kept light and fluffy with soft blues,violets and white, accented by bright reds

November 24, 2016