The clients bought their house about a year ago, with a complete interior that was ready to live in. However the garden was in an over grown state – charming in a ramshackle way, but fairly unusable in its current state.

Hackney Garden

Garden in Hackney

The clients are expecting their first baby soon and also have a new puppy, so the space needs to made more user friendly and suitable for all members of the family. It contains 3 mature trees, a gnarled Eucalyptus which arcs over the back gate, a large silver birch close to the house and a Sorbus on the other side boundary. If possible the client would like to retain the eucalyptus and birch in the final design. The biggest issue to overcome are changes in level in the current space. The client would like to make the transition from house to garden much easier and more comfortable. However to a certain extent the level of the trees and possible root network will dictate the finished level any raised beds and excavation for the lower garden.

 

 

So to the design for a shady garden design

Garden plan Hackney garden

The area directly adjoining the French doors will be laid with patio using a combination of the existing York stone and red brick, interspersed with Japanese black pebbles and mossy ground cover plants. A single chair, using a strong architectural form or colour, will help to give definition to this section of the space. The area will also house a bbq on the right hand side. The patio will lead between two rendered raised beds (the one on the left accommodating the existing silver birch) to open out onto an area of artificial lawn.

Hackney Landscape Patio

Garden design patio Hackney

 

To the left of this area, set within the raised beds, will be an L-shaped decking bench, which will allow for formal dining. Again we would recommend a statement piece of designer furniture give the garden the ‘wow’ factor.  A wire gabion wall, filled with a selection of red brick, slate tiles, logs (ideally from the felled Sorbus), and wine bottles, will form the backdrop to the garden.

 

This decorative wall will serve to mask a bike store from the main garden. In bottom left of the garden, a raised decked platform area will serve several functions. A sunken pit beneath the platform will be suitable for sand, play balls or water, providing plenty of opportunity for child play in the space. This pit will be covered by a removable decking lid, allowing the client to turn the structure into a lounge space for all the family. Sunken deck boxes with hinged lids will allow the client to store weatherproof cushion to be used on the decked platform. Hackney Day bed

 

Further interest will be provided by a timber arch constructed towards the back of the garden, creating a frame for the rear of the space which will also allow the installation of a swing suitable for both adults and children.

Planting in the space will be in elegant tones of white and green, helping to illuminate this shady space and whilst retaining its romantic woodland feel. Leafy greens in a variety of shades provide interest throughout the year, while colour can be added by painting the raised beds.

Lighting will accentuate architectural forms, with uplighters for the trees, decking lights for the platform and angled adjustable light for the gabion wall.

 

Clearance and preparation
To comprise:
~ Remove existing planting as necessary
~ Remove general garden waste
~ Clean and remove existing Yorkstone paving. To be retained for re-use in the new design.
~ Remove existing brick flooring. Some bricks to be retained for re-use in re-design.
~ Remove existing paving sub-base
~ Remove existing rocks and brick walls retaining raised beds in various parts of garden
~ Excavate ground as necessary to accommodate change of level in the centre of the space. Excavated spoil to be kept to fill proposed new beds
   as necessary, to reduce the need for waste disposal
Waste disposal (skip hire (multiple))
Labour
PLEASE NOTE (1): THE QUOTED COST IS DEPENDENT ON PERMISSION BEING GRANTED BY HACKNEY PARK SERVICES TO USE WELL
STREET COMMON TO REMOVE WASTE AND ACCEPT DELIVERY OF MATERIALS. ALL SUCH WASTE DISPOSAL AND DELIVERIES WILL BE
CO-ORDINATED TO KEEP TO A MINIMUM. IF PERMISSION IS NOT GRANTED FOR USE OF THE COMMON, THEN IT WILL BE NECESSARY
TO TRANSPORT  WASTE AND MATERIALS THROUGH THE HOUSE AND ADDITIONAL LABOUR COSTS WILL APPLY.
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT THIS QUOTE DOES NOT INCLUDE ANY COST ASSOCIATED WITH OBTAINING A LICENCE TO USE THE COMMON
FROM HACKNEY COUNCIL. EARTH DESIGNS ARE HAPPY TO FACILITATE THE APPLICATION FOR A LICENCE  AT NO ADDITIONAL
COSTS FOR LABOUR/TIME, BUT ANY DIRECT COSTS (E.G. FEES) MUST BE BORN BY THE CLIENT.
PLEASE NOTE (2): THE QUOTED COST DOES NOT INCLUDE THE SERVICES OF A TREE SURGEON TO REMOVE TREE ON RIGHT HAND SIDE
OF THE GARDEN. IF REQUIRED EARTH DESIGNS CAN RECOMMEND A TREE SURGEON ON REQUEST. ALL COSTS FOR TREE REMOVAL
ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT.
PLEASE NOTE (3): IT IS INTENDED THAT THE EXISTING MATURE SILVER BIRCH TREE WILL BE RETAINED IN THE RE-DESIGN. HOWEVER, IT IS
NOT POSSIBLE TO ASSESS THE LOCATION AND SPREAD OF THE TREE’S ROOT SYSTEM UNTIL THE SITE HAS BEEN EXCAVATED, AND IT IS
POSSIBLE THAT THE LOCATION OF ROOTS MAY MAKE THE INSTALLATION OF THE RAISED BED WALLS DIFFICULT. IN THIS INSTANCE IT MAY
BE NECESSARY TO ARRANGE REMOVAL OF THE TREE AND STUMP/ROOTS BY A TREE SURGEON. NO PROVISION HAS BEEN MADE IN
THIS QUOTE FOR THE SERVICES OF A TREE SURGEON AND ALL COSTS FOR TREE REMOVAL ARE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE CLIENT.
Paving
Install paving as detailed below:
~ Install MOT type 1 granular sub-base where necessary at approximately 100mm compacted thickness
~ Install Yorkstone paving in random lay pattern with 150mm gaps between slabs using existing paving with approx 3 sq metres additional
   stone to be supplied.
~ Infill gaps with polished black pebbles
TOTAL AREA OF PAVING TO INSTALL APPROX 9 SQ METRES
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour
* Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). As the proposed paving slabs are a handcut material with hewn edges, mortar joint
sizes may vary. Wherever possible mortar joint sizes will not exceed 10mm. Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off into planting beds
Raised beds
Construct raised beds and walls as per design. To comprise:
~ Excavate and lay concrete strip foundations 300mm (d) x 450mm (w)
~ Construct raised beds from dense concrete blocks as per design.
~ Render visible faces of walls, including 300mm down the inside faces of raised beds to allow for possible soil settling over time. Galvanised
  render bead to be used to achieve smooth, chip free lines.
~ Install waterproof barrier membrane to line interior of raised beds
~ Paint beds with Dulux Weathershield Smooth Masonary paint. Client to choose colour.
~ Fill beds with soil, consolidating in layers not more than 150mm thick*
* Assumes beds to be filled with soil produced during excavations for construction work.
Decking and ‘floating’ deck seat
Install Yellow Balau hardwood decking and decking seat, as per design. To comprise:
~ Smooth Yellow Balau hardwood decking boards (145mm x 25mm) to cover approx 60 lineal metres, including bench seat
~ Construct deck and bench frame from pressure treated timber (100mm x 50mm), using galvanised steel mini joist hangers and Timberlok structural
   screws as necessary. Joist spacings at 400mm intervals.
~ Install pressure treated timber support posts in concrete foundations.
~ Fix deck boards with green painted decking screws
~ Install weed suppressing membrane beneath main deck framework where over exposed soil.
~ ‘Floating’ bench seat (450mm (3 deck board) wide) to be secured to walls using metal brackets
~ Construct sunken play pit from butyl liner
~ Install waterproof storage boxes beneath decking as designed. Construct hinged lids to allow access to storage boxes.
All materials for above
Labour
NOTES:
Board direction as per design
All boards to be laid with expansion joints not exceeding 10mm
All screws to be countersunk
Lighting
Lighting and electrical installation. To comprise:
~ 2 x stainless steel eyelid lights to install in raised bed walls to illuminate entrance to garde . LED fittings. 12v 3w.
~ 2 x stainless steel adjustable spotlights to mount on posts of timber arch. 240v, 35w.
~ 1 x black spike spotlight to uplight existing silver birch tree. 240v. 50w
~ 10 x round silver deck lights for edge of raised deck platform. 32mm diameter. 12v. 1w.
~ 18 x black low voltage spike spotlights installed throughout beds. 12v. 20w.
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/exterior 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.
Timber arch
Construct bespoke timber arch as per design. To comprise:
~ Smooth Yellow Balau timber (100mm x 100mm) for post and beam
~ Concrete for post foundations (minimum 500mm deep)
Planting
Install plants to beds as per planting list/scheme in supplied design presentation. To include:
~ Plants for flush beds and planters, including creeping ‘mind your own business’ to in-fill around paving
~ Decorative bark chips to mulch planting beds (at depth of approximately 50mm)
~ Labour to prepare beds and install plants
Gabion
Supply/construct gabion wall as per design. To comprise:
~ 12 x Galvanised wire mesh gabions (450mm cube)
~ Various decorative items to fill/line, including slate tiles, logs, beach cobbles
Artificial Lawn
Install artificial lawn as per design/visual. To comprise:
~ Luxury artificial turf ‘Green Meadow’. To cover approx. 25 sq metres.
~ Compacted sharp sand base
~ Kiln dried sand to dress (depending on grade of product used)
~ Labour to lay
* Please note that artificial turf is supplied in 4 metre wide rolls, therefore some wastage may occur based on the required lawn dimensions. Due to the
the shape of the proposed lawn it will also be necessary to join the grass in one place. This joint will be made as inconspicuous as possible.
Sundries
Supply and install timber bike store on concrete base. To comprise:
~ Billy-Oh timber bike store with pent roof
~ Concrete base at 100mm thick
~ Secure ground anchor