Description of work
This was a house which was part of the new build estate on the site of the old Lime Grove School in Bath. The clients bought the property but generally spent most of the year working overseas, so required a garden that was completely maintenance free.
The design for this job was simplified from the outset as the clients wanted something that was completely maintenance free. The garden was going to be on two levels so we decided rather than having the garden covered in the same material we would divide the areas into two products: the main terrace would be paved while the lower area would have a deck constructed to form a sun terrace. The garden was initially excavated of excess soil to bring both levels to the appropriate depth: 150mm for the paved area and 200mm for the decking.
A low retaining wall was constructed on appropriate foundations using shearstone forticrete cottage walling. Once this was prepared, we started with the paved area: a membrane was laid then the type1 scalpings spread and compressed; a buff paving stone was used; and a deck frame constructed. It was important to dig down to a depth of 200mm to allow us to construct a 150mm treated timber frame which means the frame can sit without being in contact with the soil. Once the frame was complete, we fixed the deck boards to it.
The garden was transformed into a maintenance free plot and yet through the use of different materials an interesting garden can still be achieved.
- Client: Lime Grove, Bath
- Date: February 2014
- Categories: Decking, Landscaping, Paving, Walls & Steps