Essex Garden Design Before Shot 1

Essex Garden Design Before Shot 1

This Essex garden design retains the existing split level layout of the space, with the main focus principally falling on the lower garden. This area will feature two circular decking platforms of differing sizes and heights, joined by steps and reached by a curved decking walkway running from the upper garden. The larger platform, halfway up the garden, will benefit from an unusual semi-circular fixed-bench seat, constructed from wedge-shaped wire-mesh gabions, filled with slate chips and topped with a decking seat. Both platforms will be edged along one half with a tall, curved trelliswork of rusted steel mesh, upon which various climbers will be encouraged to grow. The larger circle will also feature an overhead trellis of stainless steel catenery wire fanning from two upright telegraph poles on one ‘side’ of the platform to the rusted steel trellis on the other.

This area will retain most of its planting, to which a variety of specimens will be added to fill the increased bed area. This will include a selection of funky round specimens, such as allium, buxus sempivirens and the ‘snowball bush’, interspersed with contemporary ornamental grasses to add dynamism to the scheme. The trellis work will be adorned with scented climbers, helping to add both shade and seclusion and the gentle aroma of natural perfume to the seating area.

The lower garden will be completed with the installation of a variety of ornamental and ambient lighting, to allow continued enjoyment of the garden when the sun goes down. Stainless steel bollards will frame the step from upper terrace to lower garden, while the seating on the larger platform will be illuminated by two stainless steel wall lights set at the top of the telegraph poles. A general ambient wash will be achieved throughout the beds with a host of low voltage spotlights. More decorative lighting

Essex Garden Design Before Shot 2

Essex Garden Design Before Shot 2

will be provided with the addition of rope lights to outline the visible edge of the pathway and larger platform, while a series of net lights will cover the iron trellis work. Finally blue micro LED deck lights will be set into the decking top around the edge of both circle platforms (at roughly half metre intervals) and risers of all steps.

The shape and structure of the upper garden will remain largely the same. The entire area will be topped with softwood decking in the same style as the lower garden, with a slightly sunken seating area in the left hand corner of the space. This will comprise an L-shaped fixed bench, rectangular table and series of half metre cubed stools. All will be constructed in the same manner as the bench seating in the lower garden. Slate lined, metre high gabion planters will serve as the back to the bench, offering ornamentation and a sense of seclusion to the area. This sense of seclusion will be further enhanced by the construction of a wooden pergola to cover the entire seating area.

The upper terrace will be completed with the addition of eight brushed silver galvanised planters containing tall and willowy bamboo – four along the front edge of the terrace and four down the left hand side of the sideway.

Essex Garden Design Plan and Elevation

Essex Garden Design Plan and Elevation 

Clearance and preparation    
Remove existing turf    
Remove exiting path and sub-base    
Prepare ground for planting where necessary    
Waste disposal (skip hire)    
Labour    
     
Decking circles and pathway    
~ Construct circular decked platform (5500mm dia.) at approx. 450mm high halfway up space as per design
~ Construct circular decked platform (4250mm dia.) at approx. 750mm high at bottom of space as per design
~ Construct curved decked walkway (1500mm wide) running from upper garden (existing paved terrace) to smaller platform as per design
~ Construct step between two decked platforms as per design    
~ Construct steps from upper terrace to decked walkway as per design    
~ Construct step from decked walkway to larger platform as per design    
     
To comprise:    
Construct sub-frame from 150mm x 50mm and 150mm x 75mm Tanalith E treated timber  
Install treated 100mm x 100mm posts for frame supports (step, walkway and platform) secured in concrete foundations 300mm x 600mm
Lay Tanalith E treated softwood decking (140mm x 25mm) to cover approx. 50 sq. m. (total area incl. platforms, walkway and steps)
All hangers and fixings for frame and deck boards*    
Weed suppressing membrane    
All materials for above    
Labour for above    
Disposal of excavated waste from foundations    
     
* All board expansion joints not more than 10mm. All fixings and hangers to be stainless or galvanised steel for maximum corrosion resistance
corrosion resistance    
     
NOTE: Due the curved nature of the platforms and walkway, cladding of the exposed sides to hide the subframe below
would be quite costly and therefore prohibitive. As a result it will be possible to view beneath the platforms from the side, but 
this will be obscured with judicious use of planting and steel trellis-work.    
     
Water feature    
Supply and install  ‘Lazy S’ stainless steel water feature 900mm high x 600mm wide  
To include:     
Water feature     
Reservior    
Pump and cabling    
Slate chippings to dress    
All electrical installation materials, including RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switch, connectors, etc*
Installation by qualified electrician**    
Labour to manually install    
     
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to IP65 or above where appropriate  
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work    
     
Gabion seat, iron trellis and catenery work    
Install rusted steel trellis, to comprise:     
Trellis (A142 re-enforcing mesh)    
Fixings to install    
Labour    
     
Construct curved bench seating, to comprise:    
Wedge shaped gabions (D: 500mm x W: 500mm x L: 450mm x L: 600mm) for base (to cover approx. 4.5 linear metres (inside edge))
Slate chippings to fill*    
Tanalith E treated softwood decking (140mm x 25mm) for seat    
Fixings    
Labour to construct    
     
Construct overhead catenery (larger platform) as per design, to comprise:  
2 x telegraph poles and concrete to secure     
Stainless steel catenery wire and crimps    
Labour    
     
*Quoted cost assumes gabions to be partially filled with hardcore excavated from existing path and then dressed with a layer
of decorative aggregate around the outside.    
**To be fixed with countersunk stainless steel screws    
     
Lighting (lower garden)    
Install various lighting to lower garden, to comprise:    
     
~ 2 x stainless steel bollards to frame step from upper terrace to lower garden  
~ 2 x stainless steel wall lights for top of catenery posts    
~ 30 x low voltage spotlights for beds    
~ Rope lights to outline visible edge of pathway and larger platform (approx. 18m)  
~ Net lighting to cover trellis work    
~ Blue micro LED deck lights to set around edge of both circle platforms (at 500mm intervals) and risers of all steps (60 total)
     
All necessary transformers, connectors and bulbs for light fittings    
All electrical installation materials, including armoured cable, LV cable, weatherproof boxes, rcd and weatherproof switches*
Electrical installation and certification** by qualified electrician    
Labour (and fixings where necessary) to manually install fittings    
     
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to IP65 where appropriate  
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work    
     
Planting     
Supply and install plants to supplement beds (see planting list for breakdown)  
Soil conditioner (farmyard manure)    
Bark chips to mulch    
Labour    
     
Decking (top terrace)    
Remove paving slabs from terrace level directly adjoining house and excavate to depth of 150mm*  
Disposal of excavated waste    
     
Lay decking to cover upper area as per design, to comprise:    
     
Construct sub-frame from 150mm x 50mm and 150mm x 75mm Tanalith E treated timber  
Install concrete decking piers where necessary for frame supports    
Install wooden posts where necessary for deck supports    
Lay Tanalith E treated softwood decking (140mm x 25mm) to cover approx. 55  sq. m. (total area incl. platforms, walkway and steps)
All hangers and fixings for frame and deck boards*    
Weed suppressing membrane    
All materials for above    
Labour for above    
Disposal of excavated waste from foundations    
     
*This is necessary to ensure that the finished level of decking is a minimum of 150mm below the building’s damp proof course (DPC) – 
if a hard surface is laid less than 150mm below the DPC, then prolonged and repeated splash-back from rainwater could compromise the
effectiveness of the DPC and lead to long term problems.    
     
* All board expansion joints not more than 10mm. All fixings and hangers to be stainless or galvanised steel for maximum corrosion resistance
corrosion resistance    
     
Fixed bench seating  (top terrace)    
Construct fixed bench seating area, to comprise:    
     
~ Gabion and decking L-shaped fixed bench seat 3500mm long x 2500mm long @ 500mm wide and 500mm high
~ Gabion planters to back bench seat 500mm wide x 1000mm high    
~ Gabion and decking table 1500mm x 1000mm    
~ Gabion and decking stools (500mm cube)    
     
Gabions (500mm cube)    
Slate chippings to fill bench and table*    
Slate tiles to line planters    
Tanalith E treated softwood decking (140mm x 25mm) for seat**    
Soil to fill planters    
Plants for planters    
Fixings    
Labour to construct    
     
*Quoted cost assumes gabions to be partially filled with hardcore excavated from existing path and then dressed with a layer
of decorative aggregate around the outside.    
**To be fixed with countersunk stainless steel screws    
     
Brushed silver zinc planters    
     
Supply and install 8 x brushed silver zinc planters (700mm x 900mm x 400mm)  
Soil to fill     
Bamboo to plant (2 metre high) – 2 per planter    
Labour    
     
Pergola for top terrace    
Construct pergola over seating area 4000mm x 3500mm @ 2000mm high as per design, to comprise:  
Tanelith E treated timber for posts and beams (various sizes)    
Concrete to secure    
All fixings    
Woodstain (client to choose colour)    
Labour

 

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