This large family home near the centre of Cambridge needed a stylish, functional family garden to go with it. As you approach the front of the house, the driveway is laid with granite chippings, which limits movement from frequent vehicle and foot traffic. Raised trough planters with ferns, box and a half standard bay tree soften the front brickwork of the house. Porcelain paving leads round to the side and past the soft barked play area shaded from the sun by existing mature trees. Bamboo screening was added to the fence line in key areas for privacy and shading. On the rear of the house and facing South, a large porcelain lounge terrace is framed by a modern Cedar and steel pergola on galvanised shoes and completed with a detachable shade sail fixed above the pergola in the summer to reduce solar gain. A mixture of colourful sun loving planting surrounds the raised area and leads down onto the large expanse of lawn where the children can run and play sports. At various points throughout the rest of the garden, the Cedar pergola is echoed with arbours and archways leading to seating and a woodland area with a bark path winding through it.