A small project for an existing customer, the side of the gravel driveway was starting to erode due to the constant turning of local vehicles clipping the edge of the drive, the customer wanted something different than a block wall so a gabion basket was installed on a concrete footing with metal box sections added. a large bump stop post was also inserted at the front to help…lets see you drive over that !!
So…. an existing customer rings me and say… we have moved and want the garden levelled!
confronted with a gradient of 20:1 over 60m its a big task with a mini digger ( limited access) clearance was initially done and old tree stumps removed, digging down in clay is always a lottery and yup a big 150mm land drain came to light, now going to be completely useless at the existing height, a temporary stone fill trench was installed to take away the immediate water, new drains will have to be installed when the conditions allow.
The first and main tier was created before winter set in to allow the sub-soil to start settling before being landscaped in the spring of 2021
This is an ongoing project to be completed in 2021
Well… this was an interesting project!
A much needed winter shelter was bespoke designed (by me) and built using strong sleepers as uprights and a corrugated sheet roof added, as this area houses the fire pit for cooking and sing-along/ teaching subjects a opening was created within the build to let smoke out but keep the rain from entering.
Even the local Owl appreciates it….well its almost real looking!
An old uneven concrete patio was dug out and rebuilt from the subsoil up using fresh hardcore and then a modern Fossil Sandstone slab was laid.
A linear drain was added to assist winter rain run off.
A small evening patio was created at the top of the garden using some of the existing concrete slabs, timber sleepers were added to level things up.
Customer wanted something different to enhance the front of there property, so i suggested a raised planter built out of Purbeck random walling with a power supply duct insert for a water feature, the outside edge had some Porcelain slabs laid with shingle inserts.