Monday, 23 March 2020 16:49

From driving to dining

    The owner of a charming Victorian station cottage in Ealing, West London, set an interesting challenge when they wanted a garden redesign with one eye on the resale potential of the property.

    The homeowner of the period building was determined to carry out extensive reshaping of his outdoor space but knew there needed to be provision for one element that he wouldn’t be using – a driveway.

    Parking in London is at such a premium that having a driveway is a great selling point for a property and, although it wasn’t needed immediately, this needed to be incorporated into the design.

    Award-winning Garden Designer Lucy Willcox chose Brett Landscaping paving products to guarantee that her client could enjoy a stylish outdoor dining area which could ultimately convert into a practical and hard-wearing driveway.

    The house has no back garden – so part of the brief was to provide privacy for entertaining in the front garden but not to enclose the space completely.

    In order to achieve the beautiful patio and hard-wearing drive, the designer opted for Omega neutral paving. Omega, paired with granite kerbstones, allowed the customer to have a welcoming outdoor space but enabled the owner to sell the house complete with a fully operational driveway.

    With its extensive range of colours and accessories, Omega provides nearly endless design opportunities. Its modern lines blend with almost any environment, maturing over time, for a subtle, natural effect.

    Omega is the most popular product in Brett’s block paving range and is available in a range of three thicknesses, making it suitable for most projects.

    Lucy Willcox commented: “It was an interesting brief that required a bit of smoke and mirrors. The client wanted to avoid being overlooked but didn’t want his views spoiled, and he wanted a driveway that didn’t look like a driveway.

    “I had seen the Brett products used in commercial settings, but these small pavers were perfect for the colours of the building and suitable for use on a driveway.”

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