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Essex Garden Design Before Shot 1

Essex Garden Design Before Shot 1

This design from this London Garden Design company Essex garden design takes inspiration from 1960s motifs, seeking to divide the garden into three separate areas with a recurring circular theme throughout.

Flooring in the space will take the form of three interconnected rectangular sections. Each section will be edged with black limestone setts laid in a stretcher pattern (end-to-end) and will contain a mixture of black limestone paved circles and hoggin circles of various sizes, to create an ornate and visually stimulating  focal point to the London Garden Design. Each circle will be edged with black limestone setts to create clear definition to the design. The space around the limestone and hoggin circles will be planted with creeping thyme, that will spread to over time to create a soft sea of colour and fragrance around the hard surface areas.

The paved areas will also benefit from three stunning stainless steel sphere water features (3 different sizes). Each sphere will be installed with a black sett circle edge to surround and finished with a mulch of blue glass chippings around its base.

Essex Garden Design Before Shot 2

 Essex Garden Design Before Shot 2

The garden will be given a sense of privacy and intrigue with the addition of 6 bespoke screens installed at intervals around the patio  areas. Constructed from blue perspex panels installed on timber posts, these screens will create an impressive and colourful backdrop to the space.

The timber pergola will be given additional screening with a series of funky ’70s disco-inspired hangings installed on the overhead beams. The pergola will further benefit from a suspended 60s styled rattan ball chair.

Lush, tropical planting will help screen the garden from the houses beyond. A large Cordyline australis in a tall zinc planted will take pride of place in the centre of the large hoggin circle. Three 80cm box balls will continue the circular theme through the planting beds, interspersed with tall grasses and a selection of herbaceous perennials.

Essex Garden Design Perspective Visual

Essex Garden Design Perspective Visual

 

Essex Garden Design Plan

Essex Garden Design Plan

 

Clearance and preparation    
Remove existing lawn    
Remove existing paving/gravel edge (NOT along sideway)    
Remove existing planting as necessary (except where to be retained in re-design)  
Waste disposal (skip hire)    
Labour    
     
     
Paving    
Construct 3 x interconnected rectangular black limestone edged patios, inlaid with a series of black limestone edged circles in a variety of sizes and surface
materials, as per design/visual. To comprise:    
     
3 x black limestone paved circles: 1 @ 3000mm diameter and 2 @ 1300mm diameter  
3 x hoggin circles: 2 @ 2500mm diameter, 1 @ 2000mm diameter    
     
~ Excavate areas to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm – 175mm    
~ Lay MoT hardcore base for paved/hoggin circles at 100mm compacted thickness (approximately 25 sq. metres)  
~ Install black limestone edging around all circles and rectangular borders (including water feature surrounds) on mortar bed (min 75mm thick)* – approximately 
   130 lineal metres total    
~ Install black limestone circles (sizes as above)*    
~ Install hoggin for circle (sizes as above) at 50mm compacted thickness (approx. 12 sq. metres)  
All materials for above    
Disposal of excavated waste    
Labour    
     
* Paving to be laid on full mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joint sizes in paving circles and circular edging will by necessity vary. 
Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off into planting beds    
     
Perspex screens    
Install printed perspex screens (2000mm (h) x 1500mm) around patios, as per design/visual. To comprise:  
     
Softwood timber posts (100mm x 100mm) in concrete foundations     
6 x blue perspex panels (opaque and translucent)    
Stainless steel screws and washers to secure    
Labour    
     
Pergola and decorative screen    
Construct timber open-roof pergola and decorative screen (both 2m high) as per design/visual. To comprise:  
     
~ Treated softwood timber 100mm x 100mm to construct pergola and screen frame (including top beams)  
~ Concrete for post foundations    
~ Fixings    
~ Stain timber     
~ Install ’70s inspired ‘disco’ decorative partition hangings to pergola and decorative screen. Each hanging = 4 panels @ 280mm x 270mm per panel. Total 
   length of hanging approx. 1200mm. Total number of hangings = 19 (7 for decorative screen)  
~ Labour    
     
Planting    
Install plants to all beds as per planting list in supplied design presentation. To include:  
     
3 x 80cm box balls    
1 x cordyline australis (1.5m stem height)     
1 x large cylinder planter to contain cordyline    
Creeping thyme to fill around all paved circles/water features, as per design.   
Decorative bark chips to mulch planting beds    
Labour to install    
     
Lighting    
Various lighting and electrical installation. To comprise:    
     
~ 2 x exterior fairy lights for pergola beams    
~ 6 x 240v spike spotlights to illuminate perspex panels    
~ 32 x low voltage spotlights for planting beds     
     
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: 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 (such as on boundary wall, on perspex screen posts and within timber structures), this will 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. 
     
Water feature    
Install water features as per design/visual. To comprise:    
     
~ 3 x stainless steel sphere water features (600mm dia, 450mm dia and 300mm dia). Each sphere includes an in-ground reservior, pump, tubing and 
   connectors. Larger spheres (450mm and 600mm) include LED lighting.    
~ Decorative blue glass chips to mulch around base of each sphere    
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.  
     
Feature seat    
Supply and install hanging feature seat to pergola as per design/visual.