Shaded Rear Garden

This job was in a secluded rear garden in a new build property.

We first moved the fence around the other way to create a bigger rear garden. Then the entire garden was cleared out to get us started.

We put a decent sub-base down on a landscape fabric (as we always do) and then used Indian Sandstone in Raj Green for the finished slab, which was jointed using cement.

The new grass was laid as flat as a pancake and we left borders ready for the customers to plant up.

Tea was lovely and plentiful so the day passes quicker!

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Cottage Garden

This was another good job to do and with a happy customer at the end, that is what it is all about.

The old patio was to be replaced and the driveway portion too. During the job, the customer asked us to lose the grass as well and find another solution.

The driveway portion was a permeable solution because there was always a drainage issue there. A landscape barrier goes down first and a 250mm layer of coarse stone all compacted for a strong finish. Then a 30mm layer of fine granite chippings before the plastic grid network. Once that is down, it can be filled with a choice of colour and stones. We used some edging cobbles gently angled to force the water where we wanted it to go. We matched these same cobbles at the gate.

The old grass circle was dug out and the same principle as the driveway was used, again, so there was a match.

During this job we found an old well and two old drains that we had to fill in. The two remaining mains drains were replaced using manholes that you can set slabs into, in order to continue the lines. At no point on this patio do 4 corners of slabs meet. It’s like a code of honour :-). The slabs are Indian Sandstone in Raj Green and the joints were EASYJoint in Mushroom. A nice contrast and again, permeable.

We loved the courtyard garden all finished once the pots were returned by us for the customer to continue to enjoy.

We drank so much tea and ate so much cake on this job, it was unbelievable!

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Raised Decking

This was a super job for us.  Everything went to plan and came in slightly under budget which was appreciated by our customer.

We had to remove the old raised decking and supports and replace the whole lot with a new deck.  As a part of the project, we also removed the old patio slabs and then put a deck in there instead and that then tied the two areas together nicely.

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Front Of House Revamp

This was a lovely job from start to finish.
First job was to clear the old stuff out.
We then had to re-edge the area following the existing style of the driveway. We were then able to lay the foundation hardcore (MOT) and sharp sand to bring the area up ready for the block paving. A frame was built and set in the middle before being filled with MOT and sharp sand. Everywhere was getting the whacker plate on it to ensure a tight fit.
Almost 1500 block pavers were then installed followed by artificial grass.
We were aware that water didn’t really have a place to go as the downpipe against the house turned out to be just an outlet rather than going down into a proper drain. Once we discovered that, we decided to install a small soak-away drain to try and take away the water from the surface of the blocks. 48 hours of constant rain later and we know the drain works so that is good news.
We then built a raised planter out of sleepers and incorporated a bench for the occasional sit down. Topsoil filled the planter and the customer will plant it up.
Next to that, we built a bin store and installed a few trellis panels too.
On top of that a new gallows bracket was installed against the house to stop the roof above from sagging.
All in all, an extremely enjoyable and diverse landscaping job.

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Shed Base and Build

Lovely little job this one.
Customer left the key and off she went. You really do need to trust your contractor so it is always nice when people put their trust in you.
The shed was already delivered onsite and as I knew the dimensions, I was able to design the base to the correct size before the day.
Once the soil was dug out and flattened off, we put in a small layer of MOT (hardcore) and a nice 50mm layer of sharp sand.
Then the 600mm x 600mm slabs were laid and edged off with edging bricks that the customer had and said I could use them if I wanted to. I definitely wanted to as it looks very nice being edged with them.
The shed was erected and as you can see in the photos, Stuart was there on this very cold day to give me a hand. So much easier with 2 of you when doing this sort of thing.
The final touch was to set out for a possible step that her Dad could do for her if she fancied it.
A very happy customer indeed!

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