A small terrace overlooked by neighbours has been dramatically improved. A young couple living in Fulham asked for a new rear garden courtyard space which would embrace their lifestyle and reflect their stylish interior decorating style. Filled and honed travertine provides a lovely, visually warming and interesting surface; raised planters of painted block and render walls ensure contained and manageable planting. Hardwood lateral timber screens create a back drop to the garden and provide screening and privacy. A blade water feature embedded in the feature slate clad wall, although not entirely ‘maintenance free’, does provide a dramatic focal point both during the day and at night too. Planting is simple and easy to maintain.