Connecting the indoors with the outdoors

The challenge

Janice and Peter Harridge Live in a three storey town house in the historic market town of St Neots backing onto the river Great Ouse. When they first called upon X-scapes to pay a visit to view their riverside garden it was rather an unloved 26 foot squared plot with no boundary, with their boat Dilly moored at her berth. Peters initial suggestion was to have a decking flush with the back door eliminating the need for steps and creating a large area to relax and enjoy the trap of the evening sun.

The Brief

What do you do with a 26 foot square riverside plot?

To create a split level garden design incorporating a raised deck to accommodate their many pot plants and lounging space for the late afternoon sun. The raised deck connecting the indoors with the outdoors; creating storage underneath via access hatches. With the use of Larch timber sections, define the boundary of the property, providing some privacy from the neighbours and river traffic. Maintaining a panoramic views of the river Great Ouse. Access steps to a lower level with defining planters for Janice to populate, allowing easy access to their mooring.


Breaking the conventional linear approach used on traditional square plots, X-Scapes liked to work a little different when imagination is allowed. Working through the design process with Janice & Peter eventually enabled X-Scapes to create the right balance between privacy, functionality and aesthetics, producing a rather fantastic end result.

Alex - “During the hot days of the installation Janice was on hand with ice cold lime cordial and Peter enjoyed getting involved with the build, helping out where possible. On completion X-Scapes extended a thank you for their hospitality during the project creating a unique space for them to enjoy for years to come”.

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Images from before, during and after the project
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