The peak of charm: a stylish outdoor space in Berkel-Enschot | In the North Brabant village of Berkel-Enschot, Erik van Gelder created a garden design that portrays his perfectionism and extensive empathy. The layout is grandiose, yet still practical. The vegetation is a delight to the eye throughout the year but requires little maintenance. And the use of high-quality filler materials creates a pleasant atmosphere that balances on the fine line between subtlety and exuberance.
Immediately on the same wavelength | When the residents began searching the internet in search of their dream garden, they kept coming back to realisations by Erik van Gelder: these included a carefully considered style exercise in which elements from various streams were seamlessly blended. The residents fell for the balanced fusion of hard elements with lively greenery, an ingenious play of lines and contrasts between open and closed.
From the humdrum to the exciting | To tune the garden to the timeless classical radiance of the home, the hard elements consist of pure materials such as old Schellevis stepping stones, paving stones and green-wood platforms. The carefully thought-out patterns and exchanges result in a playful dynamic and a clever division of the garden. The existing conifer hedges guaranteed privacy but lacked inspiration. Erik responded using white walls with vistas, slats made of weathering steel and elegant trees that stand out for their spherical crowns. They morphed the monotony of the vegetation into a refreshing spectacle that is made all the more attractive when the evening falls, retaining its allure under sophisticated lighting.
Breath-taking tableau | The orderly swimming pool, with its grey sheeting and dark-grey edging, is an eye-catcher throughout the summer. It’s not too prominent from the home itself, as the low aluminium planters with decorative grasses create a visual buffer. There is no profusion of colour, but a pure green presentation in a variety of shapes, textures and heights. And between the lush greenery, there is plenty of space for outdoor dining, sunbathing or lounging around.
A place in the sun | The pool house hides the technical workings of the swimming pool behind a hardwood wall. The covered section and the glass terrace offer the residents the best of both worlds: openness when the weather is pleasant and a transparent, walled enclosure to ensure ultimate comfort any time the temperature drops. In the evenings, the sun shines delightfully on the lounge corner; a fire table adds a warm feeling of cosiness.
Erik also designed a completely new plan for the front garden, allowing materials from the rear garden to repeat for maximum conformity. A nice little detail: there is seating worked into the large aluminium planters, while the uplights beautifully emphasise the different botanic textures.
The residents have their say | ‘Time and again, when we found gardens on Pinterest that really spoke to us, they turned out to be designed by Erik van Gelder. We called on his talents in complete confidence. And the result is simply amazing! Erik’s ingenuity is boundless. There is thought and puzzling behind the decisions leading to the placement of every stone, wall and plant. The garden may appear to be “self-explanatory”, yet the design is a strong example of professionalism, with wonderful details in unsuspected places. The design even takes into account the shadow that the windows throw on the garden. Our garden may look as if it demands a lot of maintenance, but nothing could be further from the truth. The only thing we do here is enjoy. From the house as well; the view of the garden is stunning the whole year round.’