The Outdoor Room

About The Outdoor Room

The Outdoor Room is a multi-award winning company. We are passionate about, creating and caring for beautiful gardens and landscapes. Our knowledgeable, experienced and creative team offers a professional, comprehensive service to private clients, developers, garden designers and landscape architects. We undertake projects throughout the UK and abroad, working predominantly in London and South East England. The Outdoor Room was founded in 1995 by David Dodd. As Managing Director, David has a hands-on approach to the business, working closely with his staff and designers with one goal in mind: to create gardens of outstanding quality. It is important to us that we offer a very high level of service to clients. All of our projects are professionally managed and all of our teams are made up of directly employed landscapers each headed by a dedicated foreman, all of whom are qualified and experienced in every aspect of landscape construction. This is backed up by managerial support to ensure excellent communication between client, designer, site and office staff. Please don't hesitate to contact us for further information.

Areas covered

International, South Thames, North Thames, South West, East Anglia, Midlands, Wales, North West, Yorkshire North East, Scotland, National (Eng/Wales/Scot/NI), Northern Ireland, UK Islands

Types of work undertaken

  • Irrigation (unlimited)
  • Decking (unlimited)
  • Ground Reinforcement Systems (unlimited)
  • Ponds And Water Features (unlimited)
  • Land Draining/Sand Slitting (unlimited)
  • Commercial (unlimited)
  • Domestic (unlimited)
  • Soft Landscaping (unlimited)
  • Design Facility (unlimited)
  • Fencing (unlimited)
  • Disabled/Historic Gardens (unlimited)
  • Playground (unlimited)
  • Swimming Pools (unlimited)
  • Hard Landscaping (unlimited)
  • Roof Gardens/Green Roofs (unlimited)

Projects

Queens Road, Kingston

Completed: 25/06/2015
Location: Kingston, London

A complete redevelopment of the rear garden, including hard and soft landscaping. This modern scheme by Longview Design compliments the beautiful 1850's Victorian House. The main features to the garden are a lap pool with sun terrace and gazebo, which includes a sunken hot tub area. At the house end, a bbq and outdoor lounge area are all linked together with beautiful Purbeck paving, slatted Western Red Cedar Screens and a green wall system planted with Trachelopsermum jasminiodes.

Vicarage Gardens

Completed: 24/06/2015
Location: Kensington, London

A complete redevelopment of the rear garden including hard and soft landscaping. The scheme is a modern and contemporary design by James Aldridge, which includes very detailed work in terms of hard landscape. Particular features include a series of staked limestone plinths, with inset lighting and large Atelier Vierkant pots. The paving material is a Tunisian limestone, sawn and laid in narrow bands. The existing overgrown ivy-clad boundaries were cleared and replaced with a wire mesh green wall system to support Trachelospermum jasminoides. Other elements include two large specimen Cercis multistems, and an unusual rear boundary hedge of semi mature Podocarpus salignus. All clearance and excavation had to be done by hand and brought out through the house and up steep steps. The tree planting involved removing the kitchen sash window, as the rootballs were too large to fit through the door. The detail of the paving had to all be lined through and the joints had to tie in with specific joints on the stone plinths - not easy to achieve with butt joints and a size tolerance of 2mm+_ from the supplier!

Deodar Road, Putney

Completed: 24/06/2015
Location: Putney, London

The scheme is a modern and contemporary design by Andy Sturgeon, which includes very fine detailed work in terms of hard landscape. Particular features include a large feature wall of Purbeck stone and render, with inset corten steel recesses and lighting. The paving material is Moleanos limestone, sawn and honed. Corten is repeated in the form of three sculpture panels, with timber detailing, on the opposite side of the garden. Other elements include bespoke glass balustrading designed to be as unobtrusive as possible to preserve the views, a raised limestone-clad gas firepit and a rendered shrine designed to hold a Buddha statue. The first challenge was to remove an existing 2.5m high retaining wall extending from the kitchen doors along one boundary, which was to be replaced by the feature wall mentioned above. All properties on the river side of Deodar Road have secondary flood defences close to the house which have to be maintained. The existing defence was constructed from granite kerbstones. This was replaced by limestone steps and landing, and a Purbeck stone plinth on which sit 3 pots converted into water features. There is no side access and the garden backs directly onto the River Thames. All excavation and groundwork had to be carried out by hand before being loaded and removed via river barge. All materials also had to be brought in by barge which meant co-ordinating deliveries to Putney dock to be loaded and delivered to site in time to catch the high tide.

Guys & St Thomas' Charity

Completed: 24/06/2015
Location: Orchard Lisle, London Bridge

A redevelopment of Orchard Lisle Courtyard including hard and soft landscaping. The courtyard is open to the public, and surrounded on 3 sides by student accommodation for Guys and St Thomas' hospital. The scheme is a contemporary asymmetric design by Annie Chapman of Verde Design. The project includes the installation of bespoke-cut Yorkstone setts and slabs which involved setting out to complex radii, installation of bespoke made timber and stainless steel benches, stabilised gravel paths, and mature tree planting. All surface water has to be disposed of on site, and so the sub base material was specified as type 3, with falls on all hard surfaces being directed to permeable areas. This was particularly challenging on such a level site, to avoid potential pooling of water.The first challenge was to remove the existing landscaping and begin clearing the site. The groundworks were extensive during the project, made more so by a tower crane base being found whilst excavating, which had to be removed. Existing services were found in almost every location, including a 9 inch sewer, mains water, gas and electricity supplies.The access restrictions were considerable. Banksman were required to reverse deliveries down very tight access roads, which were very busy with pedestrian traffic. All deliveries had to be specified for certain times of day and on particular size vehicles.

Ruvigny Gardens, Putney

Completed: 24/06/2015
Location: Putney, London

A complete redevelopment of the rear garden, including hard and soft landscaping. The scheme is a modern and contemporary design by James Aldridge, which includes very detailed work in terms of hard landscape. Particular features include 50mm cropped granite setts paving, laid in colour bands, which vary from black to silver grey. Coreten steel is used to edge the paving areas, and also within the water feature for the spouts and as a cantilevered overhang along the pool edge. The timberwork was all built on site using western red cedar, including the bespoke coreten and cedar bench. Three mature Arbutus unedo multistems were craned into the garden during the early stages of the build. The existing overgrown boundaries were cleared and replaced with a wire mesh green wall system to support Trachelospermum jasminoides.