Here at In Ex Design, we receive a great variety of briefs and there is nothing we love more than a challenge!

We recently completed a landscape design project in Shaldon on a sloped site. Built into a hill there was a retaining wall between the house and the upper garden. The upper garden was steep and uninviting and therefore underused.

Our clients approached us as they wanted to create an outdoor space where they could entertain, and which would feel like an extension of their living space.

We proposed creating a series of different zoned areas as a way to be able to graduate the slope.

A proposed curved retaining wall created a level area at the top of the garden. Beneath the wall a bank of ferns and grasses. The wall also provided a background for the planted areas. The organic formed footpath would lead you through the garden to the vegetable beds.

The new bank created features a tumbling box ball details that adds a level of fun to the design.

The kitchen garden is located to make use of sheltered space along the boundary fence.

The existing retaining wall between the upper garden and lower terrace was given a facelift and the old ugly fence replaced with a more discrete metal balustrade. The lower terrace was rearranged with a bespoke outdoor kitchen and dedicated outdoor dining space. The new flooring was laid across the lower terrace with a pattern tiled ‘rug’ highlighting the dining area.

The result was a flexible zoned garden which worked with the awkward steep site, creating a practical and usable space for the owners of the property.    

Another project we worked on recently was the a Tree House Garden Studio as an option for a client who wanted to explore the different possibilities for creating a separate studio from their main house.  You can read more about that project here.

Do you have a steep and awkward site which you’re not sure how to make work for you? Are you looking for interesting ways to use your garden space?

Give us a call as we’d love to talk to you about it – you can call us on 01395 233 807 or drop us an email to discuss your enquiry at