A landscape architect from Sarah Beeny’s Renovate Don’t Relocate television show has transformed a GB sports star’s Twickenham garden.

Softball player Michelle, 18, and her mother Claire’s garden was previously “out of sight, out of mind” due to difficult access.

It was entered via a small door in the kitchen and was several steps higher than basement indoor areas – leaving Michelle confined to her bedroom most of the time.

Now, the garden has been transformed into an open, multifunctional living space by the HGTV show’s garden designer David Andersen.

Richmond and Twickenham Times: David Andersen with softball player Michelle Shaw (centre) and her mum ClaireDavid Andersen with softball player Michelle Shaw (centre) and her mum Claire

Mr Andersen said the poor layout of the kitchen-diner created a claustrophobic, dark vibe and so they needed a garden design that could “open up” both their indoor and outdoor areas.

He said: “Two of the most important aspects of good garden design are access and landscaping.

“A garden or patio that is level with your living areas and accessed via wide, sliding doors can create a seamless transition between indoors and outdoors, bringing in an abundance of natural light and extra space.

“To further create a feeling of space, use similar materials for the flooring in your outdoor and indoor areas, and make sure the design matches the style of your property."

Mr Andersen added: “Like Claire and Michelle, when approaching the design of your garden, it’s important to prioritise what you need.

“Whether you want a stunning space to entertain, a serene spot to sip cocktails or a functional area to exercise, these factors will strongly influence your design.”

The show which follows David helping Michelle and Claire transform their garden is available to watch on HGTV now.