This picture-perfect example of good balance is located in the charming community Barendrecht. Proportions, lines, volumes, colours and textures all merge into unity. Erik van Gelder designed a contemporary garden that oozes exclusivity and sophistication. He recreated a holiday feeling and transformed the outdoor space in a dream destination.
Slick lines, bold plants | The challenge here was to create a designer garden with a large pool, a wellness area, inviting seating areas, and space for the children to play. One of Erik’s aims was to link the house with the garden, generating lines outward from the house. Clean, strong lines – including those of the composite decking – and simple shapes create a refreshingly geometric feel. Abundant greenery, lighting and decorative items instil a sense of subtle charm.
High standards and attention to details | Adjacent to the house and kitchen, we installed a paved patio with a large dining table, covered by an automatic sail canopy. The lounge area near the pool has a cosy and intimate feel. The slightly raised roof with louvered panels can be opened to let in the sun, while the horizontal cut-outs offer a glimpse of the green behind it – a clever architectural detail. The bespoke furniture, kitchen and fire pit table illustrate the designer’s eye for detail and passion for exceeding standards.
Modern materials and combined textures | Erik seamless integrated a variety of materials including concrete and basalt tiles and composite decking – from the central walkway and the floor in the lounge area to the wall panel behind the pool. The combination of smooth and rough textures on the panels around the pool creates excitement and tension, while the lighting adds a delightful dimension. Fairy-tale-like moon balls, cube-shaped wall lamps, adjustable led lights along the pool, … they all play up landscape features and boost appeal – inside and out.
Lush foliage | Erik mixed evergreen shrubs with rich green foliage and flowering plants in a variety of colours, textures and sizes: stone oak, salvia, ornamental grasses, boxwood, multi-stem Carpinus, ilex, Panicum, geraniums and a mixture of Festuca and Ophiopogon. There is also a vegetable garden and a tree house for the children. This garden is truly a constant source of pleasure and calm.