The clients bought the property from new and have lived at the house for several years. Whilst they have made the interior just as they want it, the garden is as it was when the property was built, with some tired lawn and a concrete slab patio that does not offer the clients any opportunity to entertain or relax. The garden is quite shaded and overshadowed by a large brick wall along the back boundary which is part of a car park beyond.

The design aims to provide a low maintenance extension of the fresh and breezy nature of the interior of this family home. The area level with and adjoining the house will be paved with light grey sandstone to give enough space for the client to bring their large dining room table out into the garden when they wish to entertain. The remainder of the space will be floored with softwood decking, raised at one end to combat the slope and unite the garden as a continuous level surface. A slate tile edging will separate the sandstone and decked areas.

An ‘L’ shaped flush bed containing 4 box balls and a stainless steel water sphere will create a focal point from the house doors. A softwood timber pergola will enclose the decked area. This will be half roofed with timber joists onto which blue Perspex ‘lenses’ will be fixed. Suspended from the pergola frame is the main feature of the garden – a large, deep, timber swing seat ready for the client to dress with an array of cushions, mattresses and throws. Beaded curtains will hang down either side of the pergola structure to add definition and help to create the illusion of ‘a room in the garden’. Three globe lights hang from the pergola.

Along the left side of the back wall three 90cm high illuminated planters featuring box balls will add day- and night-time interest to the space. This is mirrored on the right side of the back boundary with three in non-illuminated white fibreglass planters. The left hand planters will be framed by three 3 outdoor canvas fixed to the wall (200cm x 40cm), whilst the right hand planters will benefit from a backdrop of backlit blue Perspex panels.


Astelia banksii
Jasminum officinale ‘Fiona Sunrise’
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Helictotrichon sempervirens
Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris
Fatsia japonica
Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’
Clematis ‘Alba Luxurians’
Heuchera ‘Lime Rickey’ 
Heuchera ‘Obsidian’ 


Clearance and preparation  
~ Remove existing turf  
~ Remove existing paving  
~ Remove general garden waste  
Waste disposal (skip hire)  
Paving (MOT base)  
Install sandstone and slate paving as per design:   
To comprise:  
~ Excavate areas to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm – 175mm below finished level of paving
~ Lay MoT hardcore base at 75mm – 100mm compacted thickness 
~ Install Light Grey Indian Sandstone paving in formal lay pattern (560mm x 560mm) to cover approx. 20sqm*
~ Install Black Slate paving in stretcher pattern (600mm x 300mm) to cover approx 5sqm*
All materials for above  
Disposal of excavated waste  
* Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joint sizes not more than 10mm.
* Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off into planting beds  
Install Softwood decking as per design. To comprise:   
~ Construct frame for decking from Tanelith-e pressure treated 100mm x 50mm joists and noggins, with no more than 400mm 
   spacings between each joist.   
~ Framework to be secured using galvanised joist hangers and climatec coated structural screws
~ Install Softwood ribbed/grooved deckboards 145mm x 25mm using exterior decking screws. Total decking approx 13 sq metres.
~ All labour and materials for above  
Board direction as per design  
All boards to be laid with expansion joints of not more than 10mm
All screws to be countersunk  
*Timber quantity calculations include margin for off-cuts and wastage
Construct timber pergola structure (2200mm high), as per design. To comprise:
~ Treated softwood (100mm x 100mm) for posts and top beams *
~ Perspex lenses to roof  
~ Exterior timber screws to fix  
~ Concrete to secure support posts (minimum 600mm in ground)
~ Softwood deck boards for cladding as per design  
~ Decorative aluminium chain curtain (client to choose colour)  
* Whilst staining of this timber is not neccessary, you may choose to do so. This cost has been ommitted from this budget.
Stainlees Steel Water Feature  
Install 500mm Polished Steel Sphere Water Feature as per design. To comprise:
1 x 50cm brushed stainless steel sphere water feature with lights, including reservior
Decorative aggregate to dress reservior  
All electrical installation materials*, to include armoured cabling, weatherproof switch**, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician***  
Labour to manually install  
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** Water feature to be controlled on separate switch from lighting circuit. Switch will be located next to that for lighting circuit.
*** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on completion of the work. This may be combined with 
the certificate issued for any lighting installation undertaken during the garden build.
Install plants to all beds as per planting list in supplied design presentation. To include:
~ Plants (see planting list)  
~ Topsoil and compost to condition existing soil  
~ Decorative aggregate to mulch planting beds  
~ Labour prepare beds and install plants   
Install illuminated planters as per design. To comprise:  
~ 3 x opaque polyetheline illuminated planters 900mm x 450mm x 450mm
~ 3 x White fibreglass planters 900mm x 450mm x 450mm  
~ Blue Glass Aggregate to mulch 10mm  
~ Soil to fill  
Labour and delivery  
Various lighting as per lighting scheme. To comprise:  
~ 2 x 240v stainless steel adjustable spotlights for pergola facing towards paving(1 on each post)
~ 3 x up/down lights to install on walls behind perspex panels  
~ 3 x Slide Globo pendulum light to suspend from pergola covered roof
All necessary connectors, lamps (bulbs) and transformers for fittings
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switch**, etc
Electrical installation by qualified electrician***  
Labour to manually install fittings  
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate
** Lighting to run on one single circuit,  i.e. controlled by a single switch (all lights come on together). The exact location of the 
switch will be determined on site and may be dependent on the recommendations of the electrician
*** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on completion of the work
PLEASE NOTE (1): Wherever possible, all cabling and junction boxes will be hidden. However, due to wiring regulations and the nature 
of some of the materials used, in some cases this may not be possible and some cables, boxes, etc may be visible. These will be made 
as inconspicuous and sympathetic with the style and finish of the garden as possible. 
PLEASE NOTE (2): The above specifications and quoted price for the work is dependent on the existing interior electrical installation 
being safe and suitable for the addition of further wiring/fittings (for example the main consumer unit must be must be properly earthed). If it 
becomes apparent during installation that the existing electrical installation is unsafe/unsuitable for purpose then Earth Designs may be 
unable to complete the exterior installation (i.e. Earth Designs may be unable to connect the installation to the mains power or issue a 
certificate) until the client has undertaken the necessary remedial work. The cost of any necessary remedial works is not included in the 
quoted price above. It remains the responsibility of the client to organise and contract any necessary remedial work, although Earth 
Designs may administrate/organise this for the client at additional cost on request.
Outdoor Canvas and Perspex Screens  
Supply and install Outdoor Canvas and Perspex Screens as per design. To comprise:
~3 x Outdoor Canvas (client to choose image) – 2000mm x 400mm
~3 x Perpex Screens mounted on softwood blocks – 2000mm x 400mm
Suspended Day Bed  
Construct bespoke suspended day bed 2000mm x 1500mm. To comprise:
~ Treated timber and deck boards to construct  
~ Fixings   
~ Heavy duty stainless steel chain to suspend (6 lengths)  
~ Heavy duty eye bolts