Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham

Outdoor Living in Stoke D'Abernon, Cobham

This stunning garden in Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham was created by Simon Orchard Garden Design.
It is the perfect space to both socialise with friends and family, but also to relax alone.

The Grillo Vantage Outdoor Kitchen compliments the whole design perfectly, and adds a key focal point to the garden. It is complete with a Gas BBQ, tarn sink and plenty of worktop and storage space. Ideal for hosting BBQ’s and cooking outdoors. It also features a fridge and bin unit and bar tables and stools, so people can gather around and enjoy a cold drink from the fridge, before returning to the hot-tub.

Simon Orchard Garden Design is a thriving boutique studio creating premium gardens in Hampshire, Surrey, West Sussex and London. Our clients want the best garden they can get – and we deliver this by taking time to understand the client and their brief, creating a design that is cohesive and harmonious with the surroundings, and specifying the very best materials and accessories on the market.

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We sat down with Simon Orchard to discuss the brief for the project.

“Our client wanted to create a garden with a real wow factor which could be used for relaxing and entertaining friends and family. The existing porcelain terrace was to remain, but the rest of the garden (mainly laid to lawn and sloping down from the house) was up for grabs. The architecture of the house was very contemporary and it was imperative that the garden complemented the high-end finish.

Our design solution was to create a series of level terraces – each with its own identity, with the emphasis on the upper levels closest to the house. Here, we added a composite deck on one half of the terrace, and a bio-climatic pergola with a rotating and retractable roof which meant that the space could be used throughout the year, come rain or shine.”

 

How did you incorporate a kitchen into the design?

Centre stage on the deck is the Grillo kitchen which we chose specifically to fit perfectly under the pergola. We opted for an L-shaped kitchen with cooking facilities on the long side nearest the house, and bar seating facing out over the garden so that the clients could enjoy a drink with the afternoon sun on their faces. We copied the styling of the iroko hardwood strips and the decorative laser-cut screens used in the Grillo kitchen and incorporated these features in the design of the adjoining hot tub and built-in bench. The result was a seamless design which made all the different elements look like they had come out of the same box!

A huge amount of detailing was required so that the kitchen, pergola, hot tub, benches, raised planter and steps all slotted together perfectly to give the impression they were always meant to be together. Everything had to be millimetre perfect.

“The Grillo kitchen was the ideal choice for this project. The dark colour of the cabinets and the warm tones of the iroko strips matched the metal cladding and the brickwork of the house perfectly.”

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