Green spaces essential to Octagon homes

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Tim Banks

Tim Banks, Octagon CEO, explains the green spaces around the developer’s new homes are as important as the exquisite interiors.

May is probably one of the most stunning months in England, with parks and gardens bursting with vibrant new growth, heady blossom scents and the promise of long, light-filled evenings. The major garden festivals start this month too, where people go to get inspired for their own home turf.

Our design team at Octagon will be visiting the Chelsea Flower Show first, as we like to keep abreast with all the latest horticultural trends. Every new Octagon property has an individually designed, lavishly landscaped and planted garden in place before we allow any visitors across the threshold. We believe our outdoor spaces should have as much attention and design flair as any of our interiors. One could say we are recreating Chelsea every month of the year, be it in a garden, courtyard or on a city rooftop.

Two new contrasting examples of our prolific planting are all ready and waiting to be admired. The first on a very grand scale at super mansion, Titlarks House in Sunningdale, Berkshire – which is set in 1.4 acres of south-facing grounds, where a deep paved terrace leads onto wide sweeping and gently contoured lawns, all elegantly framed by mature shrubs and trees.

For those seeking more urban surrounds, we have just put the finishing touches to the stunning roof garden of the new show house at Bishops Row, Fulham. As well as offering plenty of sheltered and secluded entertaining space, the generously-proportioned roof space has far reaching views up and down the Thames, and across stream to the bird-watching paradise of Barnes Wetlands. Photographs and further information on both properties are on the Octagon website www.octagon.co.uk.

When it comes to our Bespoke division, the gardens can be tailored to the owner’s own requirements and interests. We have had some rather unusual requests over the years – one rather house-proud client had two giant Pyrenean Mountain dogs – she loved her pets, but not their muddy paws, so we devised an enclosed dog exercise run around the entire perimeter of the garden. The pet fence was virtually invisible amongst all the landscaping. This kept the dogs safely enclosed, enjoying the garden, but when they needed a nap, they could retire through a large ‘dog door’ to the cosy underfloor heated pet room located on the side of the house.

Octagon Bespoke designers relish the garden challenge as much as the house design itself, so actively encourage clients to think likewise, so they really do get the home of their dreams. Browse www.octagonbespoke.co.uk to get inspired.

Set within a 1.4 acre plot of mature landscaped grounds, Titlarks House, a joint venture with Kebbell Homes, offers 17,000 sq ft of lateral living space, complete with leisure suite and swimming pool.

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