"In order to provide sufficient on-site parking, an area for the basement garage had to be excavated from the site, part of which is now situated under the tennis court. This required a feat of engineering when it came time to re-establish the tennis court and surrounding gardens to be in keeping with the design and within structural load requirements," says Boden.
Drawing inspiration from, and staying true to with the original garden also had the benefit of retaining a number of existing plants.
"Many of the established trees were preserved, which as well as maintaining the existing charm and tradition of the garden, also acted to soften the transition from new to old. This gives a sense of longevity to the overall design and lessens the impact of change," says Boden.
Other existing elements were also retained, including the southern garden which has a free-flowing, romantic feel and the water feature at the front of the home, says Boden.
"After the formality of the rear garden, I felt it was important to offer an area that acted as a contrast to all that regulation. These small, separate spaces are little points of interest that give a sense of exploration as you move through them."
The resulting garden is essentially two distinct areas, both of which are representative of the original and an improvement to it, which Boden says satisfies both the needs of the owners and the critics.