Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 216
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he e isting layout didn't ma imise space
or light, and there was one tiny area to sit
in that only benefited from the sun for a
couple of hours a day,' says Ellie.
We wanted it to feel like another room
we could use all year round, and create a
low maintenance, practical design that
made more use of the space - a er all in
ondon, every inch of garden counts.'
he couple enjoy entertaining, so
creating a seating area for
dining alfresco was top of the list.
We love eating outside, and wanted
a place to entertain friends and family
throughout the year - even if it means
blankets on our laps while drinking wine
into the darker evenings,' laughs Ellie.
he couple also took into account
the shorter daylight hours in autumn,
winter and spring.
I'm really glad we fitted lighting on the
e tension wall and in the ower beds, as
it showcases the garden at night time and
means we can use it in the evening all year.'
he couple created the dining
area using composite decking,
surrounded by low level beds.
We chose illboard
composite decking, as
it's very durable,
WORDS: KIA HANSEN,
PHOTOGRAPHY: WILL IRELAND
money so we could a ord to
do the entire garden at the
same time,' says Ellie.
he couple started planning.
I bought lots of homes
maga ines and watched every
gardening programme going.
nd I created moodboards on
interest,' says Ellie.
I spent a long time collecting
ideas about garden design,
styles and materials, including
illboard decking and
Easigrass artificial lawn, which
I'd read about in At Home with
Sarah Beeny maga ines.'
year later, the couple had
enough funds to tackle the
project. heir main priority was to be able
to use the garden all year round.