Contemporary Minimalist Barn Conversion Garden, Oundle, Northamptonshire
Contemporary minimalist gardens are really on trend at present
Using a simple palette of 3 different paving solutions the contemporary minimalist garden blends seamlessly with the modern interior of the barn conversion. Planting is kept to an absolute minimum, as the clients are not gardeners, but they do like to entertain.
Working with the local architect we designed and created a large pergola that leads off directly from the floor to ceiling windows of the living space. Large concrete rectangles with revealed aggregate create a textured pathway from the living area to the outdoor pool. The concrete is interspersed with dove grey limestone gravel. This extends outwards to create a designated fire pit area – the perfect place to roast marshmellows, while sipping on a hot chocolate. Regular square grey paving creates strong linear lines picking up on the metalwork and cedar cladding used on the exterior of the barn conversion.
Contemporary minimalist gardens work best when materials and plants are paired back to a minimum, de-cluttering the space and making it perfect for family living.
Minimalist design is all about the space and how it can be broken up, while a lawn is normally omitted for an easy-to-care-for, low-maintenance outdoor space. This contemporary minimalist garden may look simple, but the ratios to the architecture are essential to achieve a cohesive look.
A line of ornamental grasses, Molinia caerulea ‘Poul Petersen’ create a haze divider between the outdoor seating and dining area and the pool. The pool is lined with black fibreglass to create a mirror-like effect.
The large expanse of windows mean that outdoor lighting can be kept to just a few downward-facing wall lights, while solar-powered faux rattan lights and the fire pit create a warm, welcoming glow.
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