Chelsea Courtyard GardenContemporary Patio, London
Charlotte Rowe Garden Design. The new high-spec kitchen with limestone flooring opens out seamlessly on to the courtyard. Around the water rill are raised beds and bench seating, playing with the change in levels, all clad in the same pale limestone.
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Plan your garden, tooWhether it’s a new build or a standalone project in an existing property, you can plan your garden lighting and schedule the work for a time of the year when you don’t use it much.Depending on your design, the cables will have to be run somewhere, and frequently that means the main house. Solar-powered LED fittings can provide fun lighting in a garden, but more powerful workhorse lights are going to need cabling and drivers to step down the mains input to the correct low current or voltage required by any particular LED light.Make things easier for yourself by ensuring you have power provision to the outside, a means to control the outside from inside the house, and sensible locations for the drivers. If you have hard landscaping going in (such as a patio or path), take cable or ducting to both sides of it so you don’t have to disrupt the hard landscaping later. It’s much less disruptive to lay ducts or run cables when the garden looks like a building site, even if you’re not going to do anything with them for a few years.Check out these expert tricks for making a small garden look bigger