West Malling, Kent

Outdoor Kitchen in West Malling, Kent

A stupendous garden project by The Garden Designer, complete with a Grillo Outdoor Kitchen, a Pool area, Garden Room, bar, and multiple seating areas. The garden is a beautiful triumph, blending natural tones with the surrounding greenery.

This project was made possible by Rob from The Garden Designer, who says:

“The first phase one of a large-scale project we designed in West Malling, the site was a blank canvas, a field with a conifer hedge to the rear. The clients wanted a family-friendly space where they could hold large gatherings.

We started by designing a multi-functional summerhouse that could facilitate their wishes, incorporating a pool room, changing facilities, bar, outdoor kitchen and dining areas. The structure has ventilation for the cooking areas and huge skylights/Crittall windows to allow plenty of natural light in.

There is also an under planted floating bench along the front of the building. Beige porcelain tiles and clay pavers contrast beautifully underfoot and the planting style is classic contemporary with Mediterranean undertones.”

In the Grillo outdoor kitchen itself, the client has included a Gusto Charcoal BBQ, a Bull Gas Grill, Vantage cabinets for storage and a Fridge and Bin Cabinet with a Vantage Bar.  All beautifully integrated into a wonderful garden room complete with complimentary wooden paneling.

Robert Grimstead is a professional garden designer based in Essex. Robert is a multi-award-winning garden designer with a reputation for breaking paradigms.

Each of his designs is unique to client and site; a fusion of clean geometry, innovative materials and naturalistic planting. His career spans over two decades and includes work in Europe and the Middle East, he has numerous accolades for designing and building gardens at Hampton, Chelsea and BBC Gardeners World Live and worked on a TV production called ‘Lost Gardens’ with Monty Don.

After graduating from Writtle University, he worked in the gardens of a renowned Jacobean mansion called Hanbury Manor, this enabled him to develop his passion for planting design under a strictly old-school head gardener. He then spent a year working in Istanbul, where he designed complex schemes for clients with sizeable budgets,  also a year in Central London, working closely with pioneering garden designer Stephen Woodhams.

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