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Jen profile 2012About the designer

Jennifer Huckstep is based in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. With a background in Fine Art, specialising in sculpture & photography, Jennifer pursued a career in London before studying to become a garden designer and setting up her own practice. Jennifer studied Horticulture and Garden & Planting Design at Capel Manor College, qualifying in 2012, and was awarded Best Student in her final year.

WORK-LIFE BALANCE

The garden is formed of two areas, linked, but separated: a workspace & a relaxation space.
As you enter the garden, to the left a stepping-stone draws the visitor across a shallow rill to a small patio area with a bamboo timber bench. The rill, which seperates the work area from the rest of the garden, leads towards a copper clad waterwall flanked on both sides by laminated bamboo timber. 

The entrance path is framed on the right by steel containers planted with elegant arching bamboo and leads through two freestanding laser cut Eucalyptus screens to a secluded seating area beyond. A large daybed invites the visitor to relax, while the waterwall beyond refreshes the air and their senses.

From both seating areas, the area on the opposite side is obscured by the screens, but linked by the water feature and repetition in both the planting and materials. 

Response to the Brief 

The design was created with a professional couple in mind who, like so many, are trying to improve their work-life balance, and intend to work from home. The garden needs to respond to the contrasting demands of work & focus; and relaxation & serenity. 

The workspace can function independently, allowing clients/colleagues to enjoy the benefits of the outdoor space, without encroaching on the private sanctuary secluded by the screens. The waterwall visible from both seating spaces provides a refreshing focal point to rest the eyes. The rill unifies the two areas, creating a calm atmosphere and aiding both relaxation and concentration. 

Materials have been carefully selected to weave a thread of sustainability through the garden. The garden aims to shows that contemporary, crisp style doesn’t have to come at the expense of environmental responsibility.

Website: www.cultivate-design.com
Email: hello@cultivate-design.com
Telephone: 07971 415 453

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