Rustic Courtyard, Paddington

On three levels, and horribly overlooked, this difficult space was transformed into a sanctuary for its owner, who wanted a cosy, rustic-looking space to relax in.

An ugly, long side return was transformed into a private ‘den’, with a raised seating area, artfully concealed from prying eyes with a frame smothered in scented climbers. The terraces were paved with reclaimed terracotta pavers inset with railway sleepers to link the two areas. A reflective pool with a stepping stone lends a modern twist.