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The Hot Tub Garden

A small walled space forming just part of the overall garden; changes to the house would allow better use of this space. It had a wonderful stacked stone wall but also many issues such as an oil tank to screen and a difficult shape. My clients wanted to have a new hot tub and create an outdoor entertaining space that could be low maintenance and contemporary in feel.

The garden as it was on survey day; overgrown and the oil tank visible.The garden as it was on survey day; overgrown and the oil tank visible.

The view back to the house; the clients intended to give it a facelift with new bi-fold doors and paint.The view back to the house; the clients intended to give it a facelift with new bi-fold doors and paint.

The cleared garden already feels much larger.The cleared garden already feels much larger.

We were using pleached trees to add extra privacy; because of the working space these were planted very early on. The hot tub has been partially sunken.We were using pleached trees to add extra privacy; because of the working space these were planted very early on. The hot tub has been partially sunken.

The artificial grass being laid and the porcelain paving now in place.The artificial grass being laid and the porcelain paving now in place.

The finished garden- the new doors and paint colour have transformed the house.The finished garden- the new doors and paint colour have transformed the house.

Because its artificial grass we could do interesting details within the paving, this softens the space. It also provides flexibility for use too.Because its artificial grass we could do interesting details within the paving, this softens the space. It also provides flexibility for use too.

The decking surround is composite decking; a clad low raised planter adds interest and defines a gravel path to the screened oil tank area.The decking surround is composite decking; a clad low raised planter adds interest and defines a gravel path to the screened oil tank area.

Looking across, a cedar privacy trellis screen and gate creates a stylish new boundary.Looking across, a cedar privacy trellis screen and gate creates a stylish new boundary.

The garden at night; the hot tub is the central wow factor, but the soft garden lighting complements it.The garden at night; the hot tub is the central wow factor, but the soft garden lighting complements it.