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Home and Garden magazines front cover September 2016 issue and page featuring Landspace design's award winning Priory road's bespoke children's den, designed and built by Landspace.

Homes and Gardens September, 2016 Issue – Cabin Fever

Cabin Fever

Garden Details – Cabin Fever by Zia Allaway


Landspace were thrilled to be included in an article by Zia Allaway entitled ‘Cabin Fever’.
Published in Homes and Garden’s September issue the topic of conversation was garden retreats.
The retreat in question being the bespoke children’s play den which Landspace designed and built for the
APL award winning project Priory Road.
There are lots of children’s play dens and equipment to choose from but finding one that neatly fits
into the overall design is a lot more challanging. For this project the only solution was to design and build a den from scratch.
Priory Road was a small garden so it was crucial to maximize all the space available.
The clients wanted to have a den that was multi-functional. It needed to be a special retreat for their
children, a place that they could camp out with friends but without compromising the overall aesthetics of the garden design. It had to work both architecturally and practically.
Priory Road was a fun project to work on and the clients were lovely.

Waterwall feature with Ivory quartz cladding in W4 garden

It is always lovely to get feedback from your clients about a garden that you have designed and built.

It is over 2 years ago since we designed and built a family garden in Strand on the Green, Kew.

Recently, we received a lovely email from our clients updating us on how the garden has evolved and telling us how much it has changed the way they use their outdoor space as a family.

Creating a space for children to be active and adventurous whilst maintaining an adult zone can be challenging, especially in a small garden. We remember this project because it made us have to think of clever ways to integrate outdoor storage within the children’s play area without it being an overwhelming presence.

We were also very conscious about designing a garden that met the brief and was achievable to build within the client’s budget.

The garden is terraced so there was a fair bit of landscaping involved. The clients also opted for a planting design and maintenance plan. This we highly recommend as our planting designer can choose the right plants for the right aspect. By doing this the plants have a very good chance of thriving their way into maturity. A planting plan also allows us to know exactly how many plants will be needed.

This project was an award-winning garden, complete with: water wall, new planting, lighting, play den, climb wall, outdoor storage, sandstone steps and patio.

Read what our client wrote:
We really hope that you are both well and the business is thriving. We’ve progressed the garden a little this summer so thought I’d send you a few pic’s for you to see how it’s all looking. The biggest thing is that we finally succumbed to artificial grass!

Strand on the Green - Client photos

We really tried with the real stuff but having had such a soggy winter it was just a muddy patch for a good 5-6 months – which was no fun. The artificial lawn is amazing and has transformed the way that we all use the garden so we are really happy with the decision. The IKEA hanging chair appears to be impossible to get hold of, so we’ve recently bought a circular swing like you get in playgrounds, the boys love it and are constantly climbing on it and spinning round!

Strand on the Green - Client photos

Unbelievably we’ve also only this year bought out garden furniture, and in the recent hot weather added an giant parasol to the patio to give us some much needed shade in the day.


So that’s it, all the extra bits and bobs now complete!

Hope all is well with you

Claire and Stephen