This design will transform the garden into a simple yet stylish outdoor room, splitting the space into several distinct areas with an emphasis on entertainment, play and relaxation.

Directly adjoining the house will be a large paved patio, laid with elegant Travertine paving in a ‘stretcher’ pattern. This patio will be bordered on two sides by an L-shaped raised bed constructed from sturdy railway sleepers. Measuring 1m high by 1m deep, this raised bed will form the back to an L-shaped fixed bench, also constructed from sturdy railway sleepers. The shorter length of fixed bench will be fixed to the bench without legs using strong stainless steel rods, while the longer, heavier bench will have legs for support. A set of cubed stools and chunky coffee-style table will complement the bench to create an informal seating area.

The raised bed will extend across the width of the garden providing a clear demarcation between this initial ‘room’ and the garden beyond. A 1m wide gap in the bed will allow access to the second part of the space. This entrance will form a bespoke water feature comprising a fibreglass grill over a sunken rill, fed from either side by a stainless steel water blade mounted on the end of the two sections of raised bed. The central section of the garden will comprise a lush green artificial lawn bisected with a railway sleeper edged flush bed. Travertine stepping stones running through the lawn will lead the user through the space.

In the bottom left corner of the space, a large bespoke pergola, constructed from treated softwood timber and stained to match the railway sleeper beds, will provide shade and privacy to a second seating area.

This area will benefit from a Travertine patio and will house two sets of chocolate brown weatherproof wicker furniture, comprising low slung sofas with waterproof cushions and glass-topped wicker tables for informal dining and entertaining.

The planting scheme will reflect the simplicity and style of the garden, utilising a refined selection of evergreen box, spiky phormium and shapely ‘Skyrocket’ conifer. Seasonal colour and scent will be provided by lavender, coneflowers and red hot poker plants, whilst a variety of evergreen climbers with staggered flowering times will adorn the fences with colour and interest throughout the year.

SPECIFICATION:

Clearance and preparation
Level site where necessary
Remove general garden waste, including pile of debris/waste beside house
Waste disposal (skip hire)
Labour
Paving
Install travertine paving as per design. To comprise:
~ Warm Walnut Travertine Paving (400mm x 600mm) in stretcher pattern to cover approx. 50 sq. metres
~ Warm Walnut Travertine Paving (400mm x 400mm) stepping stones (33 in total)
To comprise:
~ Excavate areas to be paved to depth of approx. 150mm – 175mm below finished level of paving
~ Install MoT type 1 hardcore sub-base at 50mm compacted thickness
~ Install damp proof membrane across area to be paved
~ Install concrete base at 100mm thick
~ Fix travertine with exterior flexible adhesive
~ Grout paving with exterior flexible grout (client to choose colour)
~ Seal paving with clear stone sealant (exterior use)
All materials for above
Waste disposal off-site
Labour
N.B. Paving to be laid with 1:80 run-off to appropriate drainage points. Concrete base to be allowed to cure for a minimum of 21 days
before paving is installed.
Raised bed and bench seating
Construct raised bed and furniture as per design. To comprise:
~ 1 x L-shaped raised bed 1000mm (h) x 1000mm (w)
~ 1 x 1000mm cube planter
~ 1 x railway sleeper sofa fixed bench 1000mm (d) x 2500 (l) approx.
~ 1 x railway sleeper sofa ‘suspended’ bench 500mm (d) x 3500 (l) approx.
~ 1 x free standing railway sleeper coffee-style table approx 1500mm square x 500mm (h)
~ 4 x free standing railway sleeper stools approx 500mm cube
To comprise:
~ Excavate and lay concrete foundations 400mm (w) x 300mm (d) for raised bed and planter
~ Construct beds and furniture from treated european oak railway sleepers (250mm x 130mm approx)
~ Exterior timber screws to fix
~ Attach suspended bench to raised bed using stainless steel threaded rods
~ Line beds with damp proof membrane and fill with soil*
~ Dark woodstain to treat
All materials for above
Waste disposal off-site
Labour
*Assumes beds will be filled with soil taken from excavations during construction and finished with a topsoil dressing (1 cubic metre
imported soil)
Timber Pergola Cube
Construct timber pergola (2500mm high) as per design. To comprise:
~ Pressure treated softwood (100mm x 100mm) to construct. (Posts/beam joints to be square edged (i.e. not mitre jointed) to give a
   modern appearance)
~ Exterior timber screws to fix
~ Concrete to secure support posts (minimum 600mm in ground)
~ Dark woodstain to treat
All materials for above
Waste disposal
Labour
Water feature
Construct bespoke water feature as per design. To comprise:
~ 2 x 600mm stainless steel water blades, including all fixings, flexible tubes, etc
~ 2 x pond pump
~ 1 x rigid plastic reservior (1300mm x 750mm x 600mm (d)) installed in ground
~ Grey fibreglass grating for walkover (approx 1300mm x 1000mm)
~ LED lighting kit for each blade (LED light installed within mouth of blade)
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.
Planting
Install plants to all beds as per planting list in supplied design presentation. To include:
~ Plants to include: 13 x (50cm dia.) box balls and 14 x (2m high) ‘skyrocket’ conifer
~ Topsoil to condition existing soil
~ Decorative bark chips to mulch planting beds (at depth of approximately 50mm)
~ Labour to prepare beds and install plants
Artificial Lawn with railway sleeper edging
Install artificial lawn (approx 50 sqm) with railway sleeper edging as per design. To comprise:
~ Railway sleepers to edge (partially buried)
~ Luxury artificial turf with two-tone pile*
~ Compacted sharp sand base
~ Kiln dried sand to dress
Labour to lay
* Please note that artificial turf is supplied in 4 metre wide rolls, therefore at the designed dimensions some jointing will be necessary.
   This jointing will be kept to a minimum and made as inconspicuous as possible. Please also note that at the designed dimensions, some
   wastage will occur.
Lighting
Various lighting and electrical installation. To comprise:
~ 14 x 240v GU10 dicast aluminium spotlights to uplight ‘skyrocket’ conifers
~ 8 x low voltage spotlights to illuminate box balls in L-shaped raised bed
~ 4 x stainless steel adjustable spotlights for pergola (1 on each corner post)
~ Rope lighting to illuminate the underside of the ‘suspended’ bench seat
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 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 are 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.
Sundries
Supply and install seating as per design/presentation image. To comprise:
~ Chocolate brown weatherproof wicker lounge seating: 4 side sofas, 2 sofa with back, 2 corner sofa and 2 coffee table with glass top.
Comprises 2 complete sets of furniture. Furniture is manufactured from tough and durable weatherproof polyethelene weave with
shower restistant cushions.

 

PLANTING LIST:

Latin Name Common Name
Buxus sempervirens Box balls
Juniperus scopulorum ‘Skyrocket’ Skyrocket conifer
Echinacea purpurea ‘White Swan’ Coneflower
Phormium tenax purpureum New Zealand flax
Lavandula stoechas ‘Alba’ White French lavender
Trachelospermum jasminoides Star jasmine
Solanum laxum ‘Album’ Flowering potato vine
Jasminum polyanthum Fragrant jasmine
Kniphofia ‘Little Maid’ Red hot poker
Lonicera x tellmanniana Honeysuckle
Dicentra spectablis ‘Alba’ Bleeding heart