The garden was neglected and overgrown, with a build up of soil around the edges. My clients were using the centre of the garden as a seating area as the plants had overtaken the rest of the space. The side return was a generous size and filled with York stone paving which had sunk. We renovated and relaid the paving, and created a chunky pergola next to the house which accomodates an eating area, a BBQ, a storage shed with a herb garden roof and room for a wisteria to climb. This allowed a much larger lawn area. Bricks on edge and brick setts were used to create a child friendly edge, retaining the soil and allowing a mower easy access around the newly planted beds. Planting is low maintenance with a small lavender hedge around a new sunbathing deck.