This design seeks to create a contemporary, low maintenance space suitable for alfresco entertaining and relaxation. Simple, clean lines combined with bespoke features give the garden a stylish, uncomplicated feel with a strong sense of privacy and seclusion.

 

The space will be cleared, with all planting, raised bed and paving removed. The garden will be decked throughout with attractive and durable Iroko hardwood boards, selected with specifications to match the existing raised platform above. Steps will be constructed on the left hand side of the space to lead down to a smaller section of decking outside the french windows below. For safety, balustrade to match that on the platform above will be constructed along the exposed edge of the decking, as per the design, with a metal gate installed at the top of the steps to assure additional safety for the clients child.

 

An aquamarine painted rendered block wall one metre high will retain a raised bed running across the back of the space. This bed will be planted with a variety of strong architectural specimens, such as willowy blue grasses and sculptural allium, and will feature a series of thick, tall bamboo poles set vertically at intervals across the space. Further planting will be provided along both side walls in the form of six zinc planters containing tall, elegant Cypressa sempervirens (three per wall).

 

The left and right boundary walls will be extended upwards to a height approximately 1.5 metres above the level of the main terrace. The additional courses will be rendered and the entire boundary painted aquamarine to match the raised bed. A solid, 2 metre high fence constructed from 4 inch thick split bamboo pole will be installed along the top of both walls, to create a high boundary for maximum privacy.

 

Entertainment possibilities will be provided with the installation of impressive bespoke solid oak seating and matching table. This will comprise a  three metre long suspended bench fixed centrally along the raised bed wall, complimented by a 2.75 metre long by 50cm wide bench table and three 50cm solid oak cubes.

 

Finally, an atmospheric lighting scheme will allow the client to enjoy the space long into the summer evenings. The raised bed will be gently illuminated by a series of low voltage spotlights situated throughout the planting, giving a soft glow to the back of the space, while serving to highlight individual specimen plants. The suspended bench seat will be framed by two stylish glass block lights fixed to the top of the raised bed wall, while two similar wall mounted block lights affixed to the front of the existing decked platform will impart a gentle wash to the decking below. The existing decked stairs will be illuminated by eye-catching rope lighting running along the underside of each step. To complete the scheme, each potted Cypressa will be lit from behind by a single stainless steel up/down lighter secured to the bamboo fence.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Clearance and preparation
Remove existing raised bed retaining wall
Remove existing decorative curved wall
Remove existing trellis (both side walls)
Remove existing planting
Remove existing paving
Partially remove existing quarter-circle terraced steps to accommodate decking in lower area
Remove existing cupboard doors in lower area
Waste disposal
Labour for above
Decking
Construct ground level decking as per design*, including steps down to area of decking outside french doors.
To comprise:
Excavate ground where necessary to allow flush level installation
Irok hardwood planed finished boards 80 mm x 22mm to cover approx. 35 sq. metres
Tanelith-e treated softwood for substrate and step construction (150mm x 50mm)
Concrete deck support piers
Concrete to secure support piers
Galvanised steel joist hangers
Climatec coated structural screws and decking screws to fix
Weed suppressing membrane
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour for above
NOTES:
All boards to be laid with expansion joints of not more than 10mm
All screws to be countersunk
N.B. As with several other hardwood timbers Iroko is dense and contains a natural oil preservative,
giving it superior weather resistance and longevity. As such, Iroko is not pressure treated.
However, it will weather over time and lose its original colour. For this reason it is recommended that it
is treated with a clear decking oil periodically to enhance and restore the wood’s natural colour.
Raised bed
Construct rendered block raised bed across back of garden, 1000mm high x 800mm deep, as per
design. To comprise:
Excavate and lay concrete foundation 600mm wide x 400mm deep
Construct retaining wall with high density concrete blocks
Render
Waterproof liner
Paint wall with aquamarine masonary paint
Additional soil to fill bed*
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour
*Assumes bed to be partially filled with soil from existing bed
Boundary walls
Raise height of left and right boundary walls to same level as end boundary wall. To comprise:
Install 1 course of lightweight Celcon blocks to right hand wall*
Install 5 courses of lightweight Celcon blocks to left hand wall*
Render for new blocks**
Paint both walls with aquamarine masonary paint
All materials for above
All labour
NOTES: For safety and stability, the new walling will be tied to the house wall and end wall.
* PLEASE NOTE: It is assumed that the foundations of the existing walls are sound and of adequate construction
specifications to allow the installation of additional block courses. Should it become apparent during site preparation
that the walls are not suitable for additional block courses, then the proposed works may need to be revised.
If this situation arises, it may incur additional costs to the client or alternatively mean abandoning the proposed
works on the wall. In such a situation, no changes to the proposed work would be made without full
consultation and agreement from the client.
** Quoted price assumes existing wall render to remain and be patched where necessary. Quoted price does not
include re-rendering entire wall.
Planting
Supply and install plants to bed and planters, as per supplied planting scheme. To comprise:
Plants, to include 6 x cypressa sempervirens @ 2m high
6 x tall curved zinc planters 79cm x 40cm x 40cm
Soil conditioner (farmyard manure)
Gravel to mulch
Labour to install
Bamboo fencing
Install bamboo decorative screen. To comprise:
20 x  4.5m long bamboo poles (100mm diameter) set vertically at intervals in line within raised bed (3m visable above soil line)
Concrete to secure posts
Install bamboo fencing 2m high along top of both side walls. To comprise:
100mm diameter split bamboo poles
Treated timber for frame
Fixings to secure bamboo to timber frame
Fence posts secured to top of wall to support bamboo fence
Labour
Oak table and benches
Construct oak benches and table, as per design. To comprise:
1 x suspended bench 3000mm long x 500mm wide secured to raised bed wall at 500mm high
1 x bench table 2750mm long x 500mm wide x 800mm high
3 x block seats 500mm cubed
Oak beams 250mm x 125mm to construct
20mm threaded steel rod to secure suspended bench to raised bed wall
Fixings
N.B. Due to the weight of oak, coupled with the difficult access to this site, the bench and table cannot be
constructed from single continuous lengths of timber, and will be constructed from shorter sections of timber which
will be assembled on-site. If the client prefers the benches and table to be constructed from single continous lengths
it will be necessary to employ the services of a crane company to lift the timber on-site, which will significantly increase
the cost.
Lighting
Install lighting as per design. To comprise:
2 x glass block lights 285mm X 132mm X 132mm (35W Halogen Lamp) for top of raised bed wall
2 x glass block LED wall light 200mm x 170mm x 130mm for front of existing platform
6 x stainless steel up/down wall lights to fix to bamboo fence behind Cypressa planters
Rope light to illuminate underside of existing steps to platform above
12 x low voltage spots for raised bed
All necessary connectors, bulbs and transformers for fittings
All electrical installation materials*, to include RCD, armoured cabling, weatherproof switches, 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
** A copy of the appropriate NICEIC Domestic Electrical Installation Certificate will be given to the client on
completion of the work
Sundries
Replace 2 x cupbourd doors in lower area, to comprise:
Cupboard doors to fit
Fixings and door furniture
Labour

 

PLANTING LIST:

‘Allium caeruleum’ Allium
‘Amsonia tabernaemontana’ Amsonia
Cupressus sempervirens Mediterranean Cypress
‘Eryngium bourgatii’ Sea Holly
‘Festuca glauca Elijah Blue’ Elijah Blue Fescue
‘Helictotrichon sempervirens’ Blue Oat Grass
‘Iris Langport Lord’ Intermediate Bearded Iris
‘Koeleria glauca’ Blue Hair Grass
‘Stipa gigantea’ Golden Oats
‘Trachelospermum jasminoides’ Star Jasmine