Garden Design Kent Before Shot 1

Garden Design Kent Before Shot 1

Garden Design Kent Before Shot 2

Garden Design Kent Before Shot 2

This design aims to create a sense of size and space in this small urban garden, using a series of ellipses and ovals to create the impression that the garden is longer and wider than it actually is.

Directly outside the patio door a large oval patio, laid with Indian sandstone paving in a random lay pattern and edged with black granite setts, will provide the main seating area for the garden. This patio will benefit from a curved bench seat constructed from 50cm wire gabion cubes topped with sandstone slabs and filled with sandstone setts for a decorative effect. The bench will be backed with an ornamental semi-screen, comprising stained new railway sleepers set vertically in concrete, and will be complemented by an elliptical railway sleeper table.

A slight sense of privacy and enclosure will be given to this section of the space by a decorative tension wire feature running overhead. This feature will comprise a series railway sleepers installed vertically at intervals around the oval patio, between which stainless steel tension wires will be installed. One post will act as the ‘lynchpin’, to which the wires run from.

The other posts will attach to create a ‘sun burst’ pattern. This post will also feature a simple stainless steel spout installed approximately 1 metre above the ground from which water will pour into a decorative aggregate covered pebble pool below.

The aggregate covered pebble pool will form the start of a sweeping curved pathway running around the ellipse patio and along the left half of an oval lawn in the middle section of the space. The decorative aggregate will gradually give way to sandstone setts laid in a stretcher-bond pattern, which will continue until the path terminates in a second, smaller elliptical sandstone patio on the left hand side of the garden. Pairs of vertical 4 inch wooden posts installed around this patio will allow the client opportunity to display a variety of materials – outdoor canvas, decorative mesh, coloured perspex panels – at a later date.  .

The odd shaped area down the side of the house will become a children’s play area. Separated from the rest of the space by 50cm high railway sleeper raised beds into which screens constructed from rusted will be installed, this area will include a triangular railway sleeper bench and table and will benefit from a large triangular shade sail installed between posts in the railway sleeper beds.  The flooring in this area will consist of screeded concrete painted a colour of the client’s choice.

Planting in the garden is aimed at providing year-round interest and will comprise a mixture of evergreen shrubs and herbaceous perennials with a large selection of climbers for the back wall.

Garden Design Kent Perspective Visual

Garden Design Kent Perspective Visual 

 

Paved ellipses and black sett pathways    
Install various paving as per design. To comprise:    
     
~ 2 x random lay sandstone ellipse patio as per design – 1 x (3000mm x 2000mm), 1 x (5000mm x 3500mm)  
~ Black sett pathway in stretcher bond pattern (approx. 600mm wide) to run around one half of large ellipse patio and along the bottom half of the lawn to 
   join the second, smaller, ellipse patio. Pathway will blend into an decorative aggregate pathway with sandstone sett inlay in top right hand corner of the garden.
~ Black sandstone sett pathways to join side area and patio doors    
   Total length of pathways = approx. 18 lineal metres    
     
SPECIFICATIONS:    
     
Paving – sandstone:    
     
~ Excavate area to be paved to a depth of approximately 150mm below intended finished level of paving.  
~ Lay sandstone sett (200mm x 100mm) edging to paved ellipses (single stretcher course) – to be mortar bedded on 100mm wide concrete strip foundation
~ Lay MoT (type 1) hardcore base for paving at 100mm compacted thickness   
~ Install sandstone paving* in random lay pattern to cover approx 23 sq metres (quantity allows for cutting and wastage)  
~ Disposal of excavated waste    
~ Labour    
     
*Client to choose colour    
     
NOTES: Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joint sizes not more that 10mm. Paving to be laid with 1:80 drainage run-off 
to planting bed.    
     
PLEASE NOTE: TO AVOID POTENTIAL FUTURE PROBLEMS THE FINISHED LEVEL OF ANY PAVING SHOULD BE A MINIMUM OF 150MM BELOW THE 
DAMP PROOF COURSE OF ANY ADJOINING BUILDINGS AND ANY EXCAVATIONS SHOULD TAKE THIS INTO ACCOUNT. 
     
Black sett pathway(s):    
     
~ Excavate area to be paved to a depth of approximately 180mm below intended finished level of paving.    
~ Lay black sett edging (single stretcher course) to enclose intended sandstone sett path – to be mortar bedded on 100mm thick concrete strip foundation
~ Lay MoT (type 1) hardcore base for paving at 100mm compacted thickness   
~ Lay black cropped setts (100mm x 100mm) on a bed of semi-dry 1 to 3 cement/sand mix at 40mm compacted thickness (with 15 to 20mm joint widths)
~ Compact pathway with plate compactor until bed fully compacted    
~ Fill joints with a semi-dry 1 to 3 cement/sand mix    
~ Disposal of excavated waste    
~ Decorative aggregate laid on weed suppressing membrane (50mm thick)  
~ Labour     
     
Ellipse railway sleeper table and stools    
     
1 x ellipse railway sleeper table 2000mm (l) x 1250mm (w)    
3 x railway sleeper block seats (500mm cubed)    
     
To comprise:    
     
New treated Baltic pine railway sleepers 250mm x 125mm to construct    
Exterior fixings (Timberlock exterior timber screws)    
Labour    
     
Water feature    
Construct water feature as per design/visual, as follows:    
     
Install circular pre-formed pebble pool in ground beneath railway sleeper upright  
Install stainless steel pipe (approx. 15mm diameter) into front of railway sleeper upright (1000mm from ground level)  
Install pond pump and tubing    
Connect pond tubing to stainless steel pipe (tubing to run up back of railway sleeper upright)  
Electrical installation by qualified electrician*    
Electrical installation materials**    
Materials for above    
Labour    
     
* All electrical materials to be suitable for exterior use and rated to at least IP65 where appropriate  
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on completion of the work. This
certificate may be combined with certificate issued for any lighting work undertaken during the project.  
     
Tension wire starburst    
Construct stainless steel ‘starburst’ feature as per design/visual. To comprise:  
     
New baltic pine railway sleepers (3000mm x 250mm x 125mm) for posts    
Concrete for sleeper foundations (sleepers to be installed 600mm into ground, with 2400mm visible above ground)  
S3i stainless steel wire system. Total 12 x (4mm) stainless steel rope with surface mounted ball socket tensioners (rope various lengths as per design) 
Dark woodstain to treat sleepers    
Materials for above    
Waste disposal (post foundations)    
Labour    
     
Curved gabion seat    
Construct gabion seating as per design. To comprise:    
     
500mm cube galvanised wire gabions for seat base    
750mm x 600mm sandstone paving slabs for seat top (to be cut into wedge shapes)  
100mm cubed sandstone setts to in-fill gabions    
New railway sleepers (250mm x 125mm) for ‘screen’ –     
Concrete to secure sleepers    
Fixings for seat top    
Materials for above    
Disposal of excavated waste    
Labour    
     
Timber arches    
Construct six timber arches (2000mm high x 1000mm wide) around smaller paved ellipse, as per design. To comprise:  
     
Treated timber (100mm x 100mm) for posts and top beams    
Exterior timber screws to fix    
Concrete to secure support posts    
Dark woodstain    
Fixings    
Labour     
     
Ellipse lawn    
To comprise:    
       
Lay approx. 11 lineal metres of 200mm x 100mm granite sett edging on 100mm concrete strip foundations   
Prepare ground for turfing    
Lay approximately 20 sq. metres Grade A lawn turf    
Waste disposal    
Materials for above    
Labour     
     
Planting    
     
To supply and install plants as per planting list in presentation. To comprise:  
     
Plants as specified    
Bark chip mulch (at approx. 50mm thick) for all beds    
Labour    
     
Children’s Play Area    
Install various elements of children’s play area, as per design. To comprise:  
     
Triangular sail    
Large triangular weatherproof shade sail secured on 100mm x 100mm posts (to cover approx 5m2)   
     
A142 mesh screens as per design    
Pressure treated 75mm x 75mm timber for support posts and frame    
Rusted A142 re-enforcing mesh     
Fixings to secure (exterior timber screws to construct frame, ‘u’ nails to secure mesh to frame)  
     
Railway sleeper bench as per design    
New railway sleepers (250mm x 125mm)    
Long exterior timber screws to fix    
     
Railway sleeper raised beds as per design (500mm (h)). To comprise:    
New railway sleepers* (250mm x 125mm) for bed walls and anchor posts (anchor posts to be secured in ground at four corners of each bed (inside bed))
Long exterior timber screws     
Concrete to secure support posts – it is recommended that each post be secured in concrete AT LEAST 500mm deep with 200mm all round
Vapour barrier or similar waterproof sheeting to line beds    
Woodstain to treat as required    
Fill bed with soil*    
     
Labour for above    
*Assumes bed will be filled with soil taken from excavations during construction of garden  
     
Lighting     
Lighting and electical installation throughout. To comprise:    
     
12 x large (32mm) square white LED lights to install in front face of gabion seat (2 per gabion)  
5 x stainless steel adjustable spotlight to install near top of each tension wire support post (1 per post)  
1 x stainless steel adjustable spotlight to install on house wall down sideway (beside back door)  
32 x low voltage spotlights for flush planting beds
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