We’re on the home stretch with soft landscaping and garden work commencing at one of our contemporary boathouse schemes on the River Thames. A replacement dwelling in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this challenging – yet extremely rewarding – project is set to be rather spectacular and it’s exciting to see the final touches take shape and everyone’s hard work beginning to pay off.
The raised plinth – by Centrespace Design – floats two metres above ground level, ensuring protection from potential flooding and allowing the balconies and terraces to overhang the river, bringing the water up front and centre in the design, while optimising elevated views of the unique location.
The garden design by Portus + Whitton – which will follow a flowing and naturalistic character, fitting to both the riverside context and to the form and finish of the new property – provides gentle and relaxed transitions through the extensive grounds, including a timber pergola walkway with Wisteria, informal strolling paths and a boat landing, each subdivided by carefully curated plant groupings. Inspired by the natural forms of a meandering river, a wild meadow garden is also set to provide a verdant extension to the home.
In addition to Portus + Whitton’s designs and the meticulous workmanship from stonework and flint specialists MK On The Level Ltd, we’re delighted to see Fabco Sanctuary’s glazing pride of place – perfectly framing the unbeatable views of the River Thames – and the beautiful, handmade roof tiles by SAHTAS, reflecting the materiality and language of the surrounding area.
Professional photography is planned for the Summer – once the gardens have had time to establish – and we look forward to sharing the results once complete.