This design seeks to create a sleek and contemporary space, offering a host of funky visual stimuli and extensive opportunity for enjoyment throughout the year. A recurring oval or elliptical theme will help to unify the space and give the design a stylised and individual feel

 

The garden will be completely cleared and re-fenced along its left-hand and rear boundaries with new 6 ft fencing and matching gate. The area directly outside the back door will be decked in attractive and durable Western Red Cedar, with a series of 50cm deep terraced steps leading the client up to the garden proper where a large flush-level oval shaped decking patio takes centre stage. Also constructed from Red Cedar boards, this deck will be large enough to accommodate a variety of seating options with space for the client to add a chimenea for warmth on chilly autumn evenings. The deck will feature a 1 metre high curved stainless steel water wall, installed in a cut-out towards the deck’s ‘pointed end’. It will also benefit from a curved fixed-bench seat installed on one side, constructed from unusual wire gabions (50cm cubes constructed from thick galvanised mesh) filled with granite setts and topped with Red Cedar boards. Framing this bench, and running the entire length of the left ‘side’ of the oval deck, a curved rendered block wall with oval cut-out will create a unique focal point and visually arresting conversation piece.

 

To the right of the oval deck, a slim path constructed from smooth granite setts will curve its way through the space, leading the client through an oval-shaped lawn to the gate at the bottom of the space. The path will also bisect an elliptical stone patio, surrounded by a series of tall landscaping poles set vertically at intervals around its edge. These poles will allow the client to display fabric drops imparting movement, colour and drama to the space, while giving the paving area a sense of privacy and enclosure. The off-centre circular slab will be left out of the oval patio to accommodate the planting of a ‘Prunus Okame’ (cherry tree), which in time will give additional shade to the space.

 

Planting in the space is bold and funky using pink, red and orange shrubs, herbaceous plants and perennials to create year round interest. An ‘Acer palmatum Sango-kaku‘ will make a  welcome replacement to the existing lilac adding a touch of the orient, while Phormium ‘Maori Sunrise’ planted in large stainless steel planters placed on either side of the decked steps will frame the entrance to the garden. The fences, both old and new, will be softened and obscured by the addition of a variety of climbers planted throughout the space.

 

Finally, a comprehensive lighting scheme will complete the design and allow for continued enjoyment of the space when the sun goes down. Oval shaped white micro LED lights installed within the risers of the terraced steps will safely guide the client into the garden. The seating area on the oval deck will be illuminated by two adjustable stainless steel spotlights installed on at either end of the curved feature wall, while ground level spotlights installed on either side of the water feature turn it into an eye-catching nocturnal focal point . This area will be further illuminated by a set of oval LED lights installed in the front of the gabion bench seat.

 

Lighting at the other end of the space will consist of fixed-head stainless steel down-lighters installed at the top of the display posts (1 per post) to give ample light to the paving area while making a feature of each individual post. To finish the scheme, a series of low-voltage spotlights placed within the planting beds create a subtle wash across the space while serving to highlight individual plant specimens.

Site clearance and preparation
Remove existing concrete adjoining house
Remove existing brick retaining wall* and grade soil behind to accommodate proposed decking steps
Lower existing manhole cover to accommodate proposed decking
Remove existing fencing and posts (left hand side and rear boundaries only)
Remove existing turf
Remove existing shrubs and foliage
Waste disposal (skip hire)
*When the retaining wall and soil is removed, a gap beneath the right hand fence will be exposed.
The quoted price includes material and labour to make rectify this problem.
N.B. Quoted cost assumes skips can be placed on track beyond rear boundary and all waste will
be removed via the back of the space. If this subsequently proves not to be the case, additional
labour costs may apply.
Decking
Install decking patio, terraced steps and oval seating area, as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area for oval decking to allow installation flush with ground
Architectural Knotty grade Western Red Cedar boards (90mm x 25mm) to cover approx. 40 sq. metres
Tanelith-e treated softwood for substrate (150mm x 50mm)
Tanelith-e treated softwood for support posts (100mm x 100mm)
Concrete for post foundations
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. Western Red Cedar contains a natural oil preservative, giving it superior weather resistance, longevity and
resistance to fungal and insect attack. As such, Red Cedar is not pressure treated.
However, it will weather over time and lose its original colour. For this reason it is recommended that it
is periodically treated with a clear decking oil to enhance and restore the wood’s natural colour.
Granite sett pathway
Install pathway approx 17m (l) x 500mm (w) as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area to depth of approx. 200mm
Lay compacted hardcore base @ 100mm thick
Lay approx. 8.5 sq. m granite sett in stack bond (setts laid side by side in uniform rows)*
Disposal of excavated waste
All materials for above
Labour
*Setts to be laid on full mortar bed. Due to the curved nature of the path, mortar joint sizes will by necessity
vary.
 ‘Lunar’ patio
Install Dermuid Gavin ‘Lunar’ paving as per design. To comprise:
Excavate area to depth of approx. 200mm
Lay compacted hardcore base @ 100mm thick
Lay Lunar paving kit on full mortar bed (25mm – 50mm thick)
Disposal of excavated waste
All materials for above
Labour
Arc feature wall
Construct rendered feature wall with ellipse cut-out as per design/visual. To comprise
Excavate and lay concrete foundation  (600mm wide x 350mm deep)
Construct curved freestanding block wall approx. 1.8m high** at 225mm thick
Render wall on both sides
Paint wall (client to choose colour)
Disposal of excavated waste
All materials for above
All labour for above
Gabion seat
Construct gabion seating (3m long) as per design. To comprise:
Wire gabions (500mm cube)
Red cedar decking for seat top (with treated timber support)
Granite setts to fill gabion (stacked)
Labour
Display poles
Install tall display poles around Lunar patio, as per design. To comprise:
Excavate foundations (300mm x 300mm x 600mm (d) per pole)
100mm diameter landscaping poles (3m long*)
Concrete for foundations
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour
Water feature
Supply and install ‘Ellipse’ stainless steel water feature in cut-out in oval decking. To comprise:
Stainless steel water feature (1000mm (h) x 450mm (h) x 160mm (d)) , including pump, sump and all pipework
Decorative aggregate to dress
All necessary electrical installation materials*
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
** 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 conbined with any lighting installation undertaken
Fencing and gate
Install approx. 26 linear metres fencing to left and rear boundaries. To comprise
Treated shiplap fence panels (1800mm x 1800mm (6ft))
Treated fence posts 100mm x 100mm
Concrete for post foundations
Treated gate (6ft) and all gate furniture
Fixings
Labour
Plants
Supply and install plants for all beds. To comprise
Plants as per supplied planting list
Organic fertiliser (farmyard manure)
Bark chips to mulch
Labour to plant
Lawn
Prepare ground
Lay approx. 25 sq metres grade A lawn turf
Labour
Lighting
Various lighting, as per lighting design. To comprise:
30 x low voltage spotlights for flush planting beds
6 x large oval micro LED deck lights for front of gabion seat (1 per individual gabion)
15 x small oval micro LED deck lights for step risers (5 per step)
2 x black spotlight for water feature (1 each side – attached to deck)
10 x GU10 fixed head stainless steel downlights for display posts (1 per post)
2 x adjustable stainless steel spotlights for arc wall
All necessary transformers, connectors and bulbs for fittings
All installation materials, including armoured cable, weatherproof boxes, rcd and weatherproof switches*
Electrical installation and certification** by qualified electrician
Labour to manually install fittings, channel shelving units, lay cable, etc
* 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
Sundries
~ Supply and install 6 x brushed stainless steel planters (500mm x 500mm x 1000mm (h)) to terraced
steps as per design. Includes labour to fill with soil (soil taken from hard landscaping excavation) and
decorative aggregate to mulch