This long, thin garden is in need of a complete overhaul.  The clients have developed their interior to cope with their increasing needs as a small family, and now need to realise the potential of their outdoor space.  They would like to include a garden office and require ample space for their very active toddler.  Hey have quite a low budget.

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London Garden Design, Stanmore Inspiration

London Garden Design, Stanmore Inspiration

London Garden Design, Stanmore Ideas and Materials

London Garden Design, Stanmore Ideas and Materials

 

The design divides the garden into distinct zones.  Directly adjoining the back of the house will be a patio constructed from a combination of Indian sandstone slabs, sunken railway sleepers, creeping thyme and a sedum mix to fill.  The multiple textures in this flooring will give a high degree of interest while providing maximum usable surface area.  The existing Acer palmatum will remain and help frame the entrance to the next section of the garden.

The divide of the space is accentuated by a timber screen with several apertures of varying sizes, some of which will be filled with a variety of decorative aggregate, with others left unfilled to view beyond.  Directly behind this screen is a timber framed tunnel clad in stainless steel mesh, under which a decking walkway will lead the user through the space.  A garden office will take pride of place to the right, with a small decked patio ideally placed for a cafe style table and chairs.  A stainless steel sphere water feature nestled in the bed between the decking and the main patio will provide a stylish focal point.  The existing storage chest will be relocated alongside a hoggin (self-binding aggregate) path that zigzags its way up the garden, through three small lawns.  The first lawn will be laid on the diagonal and will be enclosed by a timber frame to allow the clients to hang a swing or install fabric to transform it into a den.  The second and third lawns will benefit from a mesh screen on a timber frame to add interest and screening to the area.  A railway sleeper raised bed in the right hand corner of the garden will allow the opportunity for a small bit of vegetable garden, while a small area of decking to the left will offer additional space for relaxation and socialising.  A small garden shed in the far left corner of the space will provide additional storage.

 

 

London Garden Design, Stanmore Visualisations

London Garden Design, Stanmore Visualisations

London Garden Design, Stanmore Planting and Lighting

London Garden Design, Stanmore Planting and Lighting

 

 

Clearance and preparation
~ Remove existing paving
~ Remove existing screen wall
(left hand boundary adjoining house)
~ Remove existing foliage as
necessary, including conifer in centre of garden
~ Remove general garden waste
Waste disposal (skip hire)
Labour
Flooring (sandstone with
railway sleeper inlay)
Install decorative patio as
per design. To comprise:
~ Excavate area to depth of
approximately 150mm
~ Install MOT type 1 granular
sub-base at 100mm compacted thickness*
~ Install Calendula Grey
Indian sandstone paving in random pattern, to cover approx. 14  sq metres
~ New railway sleeper inlay
(approx 13 linear metres)
~ Sedum infill for selected
‘cut-outs’ in paving
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour
* Paving to be laid on full
mortar bed (min. 25mm thick). Mortar joint sizes not more than 10mm.
Paving to be laid with 1:80
run-off into planting beds
Path (hoggin)
Install self-binding aggregate
pathway as per design. To comprise:
~ Install Everedge edging
system
~ Install MOT type 1 granular
sub-base at 100mm compacted thickness
~ Install hoggin finishing at
50mm compacted thickness to cover approx. 13 sq metres
All materials for above
Disposal of excavated waste
Labour
Decking
Install Red Cedar decking to
various areas as per design. To comprise:
~ Install pressure treated
timber support posts in concrete foundations
~ Construct frame from
pressure treated timber, using timberlock structural screws to secure
~ Install weed suppressing
membrane
~ Install 145mm x 25mm Red
Cedar decking using green coated deck screws to fix. To cover approx 22 sq
metres.
All materials for above
Labour
NOTES:
Board direction as per design.
All boards to be laid with expansion joints of not more than 10mm. All screws
to be countersunk.
Structures (pergola and
screens)
Construct various timber
structures and screens , as per design. To comprise:
2 x 2400mm high x 1000mm wide
screens with stainless steel mesh insert (hoggin path)
2 x 2400mm high x 1000mm wide
x 1000mm long tunnels with stainless steel mesh sides and roof
1 x 2400mm high x 5000mm wide
dividing screen with various alcoves and stainless steel mesh inserts
1 x 2400mm high x 1000mm long
x 2600mm long timber structure over middle lawn (no stainless steel mesh
cladding)
To comprise:
~ Pressure treated 100mm x
100mm timber for posts, beams and alcoves
~ Exterior timber screws to
fix
~ Concrete to secure support
posts (minimum 600mm in ground)
~ Stainless steel mesh (13mm x
13mm) secured with staple nails
All materials for above
Waste disposal
Labour
Railway sleeper raised bed
Construct railway sleeper
raised bed 500mm high as per design. To comprise:
~ New pressure treated
softwood railway sleepers (250mm x 125mm x 2600mm)
~ Timberlock screws to fix
~ MOT type 1 granular base for
foundations
~ Fill bed with soil
Labour
All materials for above
* Assumes bed to be filled
part filled with soil taken from excavations elsewhere during construction.
To be mixed with
 imported graded topsoil.
Water Feature (stainless steel
sphere unit)
Install stainless steel sphere
water feature as per design. To comprise:
~ 1 x 50cm stainless steel
sphere water feature, including reservior and pump
~ Decorative aggregate to
dress reservoir
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 scheme in supplied design presentation. To include:
~ All plants
~Decorative bark chips to
mulch planting beds (at depth of approximately 50mm)
~Labour prepare beds and
install plants
Lawn
Install 3 x lawns as per
design. To comprise:
~ Install Everedge edging
system
~ Install grade A quality turf
to cover approximately 150 sq. metres
Labour
Lighting
Various lighting and
electrical installation. To comprise:
~ 40 x low voltage spike
spotlights for beds
~ LED strip lights for alcoves
of dividing screen (approx. 4 linear metres)
~ 6 x 240v stainless steel
adjustable spotlights (2 for dividing screen (to light paved area) and 4 for
mesh tunnels (2 per tunnel))
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
  nature 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
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 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.
Shed
Supply and install shed as per
design. To comprise:
~ 180cm x 120 cm (6′ x 4′)
tongue and groove shed
~ Concrete base at 150mm thick
~ Labour and materials for
above
~ Waste disposal (excavated
soil)
Garden office base and
electrical installation
Install re-enforced base and
electrical installation for garden office. To comprise:
~ Re-enforced concrete base at
150mm thick
~ Labour and materials for
above
~ Connection of electrical
circuit to mains supply by qualified electrician (materials to be provided by
office suppliers)

 

Agapanthus
campanulatus subsp. patens
African lily
Agastache ‘Black Adder’ Hyssop
Artemisia stelleriana
‘Boughton Silver’
Artemisia
Astelia nervosa ‘Westland’ Astelia
Bergenia ‘Overture’ Elephant’s ears ‘Overture’
Caryopteris incana ‘Sunshine
Blue’
Bluebeard
Clematis armandii ‘Snowdrift’ Clematis ‘Snowdrift’
Clematis x aromatica
Flammula-Recta Group
Clematis aromatica
Echinacea ‘Sunrise’ Coneflower ‘Sunrise’
Euphorbia amygdaloides
‘Craigieburn’
Wood spurge ‘Craigieburn’
Euphorbia amygdaloides
‘Rubra’
Spurge ‘Rubra’
Fatsia Japonica Castor Oil Plant
Hebe ‘Autumn Glory’ hebe
Heuchara ‘Lime Rickey’ Coral bells ‘Lime Rickey’
Heuchera ‘Amethyst Mist’ Coral bells ‘Amethyst Mist’
Jasminum officinale ‘Fiona
Sunrise’
Jasmine ‘Fiona Sunrise’
Jasminum officinale
‘Inverleith’
Common white jasmine
Lonicera etrusca ‘Superba’ Honeysuckle ‘Superba’
Lonicera japonica ‘Darts
World’
Honeysuckle ‘Darts World’
Lonicera x brownii ‘Dropmore
Scarlet’
Honeysuckle ‘Dropmore Scarlet’
Miscanthus sinensis ‘Kleine
Fontaine’
Little fountain
Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’ Monarda ‘Cambridge Scarlet’
Pennisetum alopecuroides
‘Hameln’
Chinese fountain grass ‘Hameln’
Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’ Perovskia ‘Blue Spire’
Pittosporum tenuifolium ‘Tom
Thumb’
kohuhu
Sambucus nigra ‘Black Beauty’ Elder ‘Black Beauty’
Santolina pinnata subsp.
neapolitana
cotton lavender
Sedum ‘Purple Emperor’ Stonecrop ‘Purple Emperor’
Solanum jasminoides Potato vine
Stipa gigantea Golden oats
Trachelospermum jasminoides Star jasmine
Weigela ‘Looymansii Aurea’ Weigela ‘Looymansii Aurea’