Garden Feels Like Home With Western Red Cedar and Ipe Hardwood Decking

The owners of a home in Winchmore Hill, North London were undertaking a major refurbishment of their garden, following a new modern extension to their house.

Garden designer Miles Raybould, from Belsize Gardens, was entrusted with the task of creating a modern family garden that was both elegant and stylish, complementing the design of their house renovation. The garden was required to tie together an existing garden studio with the brand new extension.

"The clients both work in the studio so the garden had to work all year round. My inspiration, therefore, came from tying in the studio building with the new extension. This was achieved through a strong architectural design that incorporates Western Red Cedar Trellis, Western Red Cedar Battens, Ipé Hardwood Decking, rendered raised beds and oak sleeper borders.

The use of soft planting and living walls helps to soften the architectural lines and create a lush, vibrant garden that I am very proud of. I think it connects wonderfully with its surroundings.”

Miles Raybould

Western Red Cedar Battens were used to clad the extension of the property as well as to create a slatted screen fence around the garden boundaries, including a living wall. The darker hues of Ipé hardwood decking complement the vibrant range of colours of Western Red Cedar.

Miles' clients said,

"We always liked the idea of linking the house through to the studio with the garden space outside, and now the garden has become part of the house. Miles completely understood what we were looking for in a garden from start to completion."

"We like the contemporary feel and the bright, fresh colours of the cedar fencing. The spaces between the battens add natural light, without detracting from the privacy we desire. The Ipé hardwood decking (seen below) is stylish but when having kids, it has to also be able to take a few knocks – and it has done just that."

Miles Raybould has used Western Red Cedar from Silva Timber for various projects around London.