Young designer, Giles Hardy, was approached by the new owners of a home in Peckham Rye, who was looking to renovate this property. Starting with the garden, an overhaul was required. Giles explains,
"They wanted a space for their young son to play safely, as well as being their own little oasis in this busy part of town. Privacy and a degree of security for their modest overlooked space were required. They wanted to achieve this without creating the feeling of being hemmed in, completely blocking out their neighbours, or indeed the light. They also didn’t want an off the shelf fence panel solution."
Given a clear set of requirements that this garden had to meet, Giles decided to use Western Red Cedar Premium Slatted Screen Boards for his fencing solution. He adds,
"The colours of cedar perfectly complement the London Yellow Stock brick of the house. The slim, elegant profile draws your eyes down the garden, and although the fence is nearly two metres high in some areas, the space actually feels larger. The sunlight beautifully punctures the screens, which are clad on both sides with the slatted screen trim boards. The carefully positioned boards allow clear views through when standing, but when sitting, create total privacy."
"Silva Timber were, as ever a great pleasure to work with. Delivery of the product was on time and the team in the office were extremely helpful when it came to advice."
A well designed and carefully built screen can provide a wonderful focal point for an outdoor space, so choosing the correct material is paramount. No other material compares to Western Red Cedar in terms of appearance, with beautiful warm colours and tight grain patterns providing a stunning natural material.
Having used it on a number of projects before, Giles knows exactly how easy to handle and lightweight Western Red Cedar is. Once the metal work was completed, it was a very quick process of building the screens. The boards are currently finished with Seasonite New Wood Finish. Textrol Penetrating Oil is to be applied soon to provide long-lasting protection and maintain natural beauty. The finished product has been highly commended by Giles' customers.
"The client is over the moon with the Western Red Cedar Premium Slatted Screen Boards that were used to create their bespoke solution for what the client now calls their ‘floating’ fence. The fence does indeed float over the existing wall on purpose made galvanised steel posts. The original Victorian built brick wall that runs down the sides of the garden was too fragile for anything to be fixed to it, so it made perfect sense to go down this route. The client is so pleased with the Western Red Cedar, they want to use it to clad the back of their dorma roof extension, which we will be designing with them after this project. Silva Timber were as ever a great pleasure to work with. Delivery of the product was on time and the team in the office were extremely helpful when it came to advice."
Giles Hardy Design is a young design consultancy based in Peckham Rye, south-east London. Giles has many years experience in the Commercial sector where he worked on a wide variety of projects covering retail, hospitality, events and workplace design. Giles Hardy Design are gradually getting more commissions for residential work, for both interior and exterior solutions.