… and one large patio now complete!
Following on from my September blog!… as I promised here is an update on how things have progressed at our design and build at Upper Basildon. We completed the main landscaping last Friday after a very busy 4 weeks. Again I recorded the various stages and challenges along the way by taking some photos:
An investment in a large gazebo paid off when the weather turned against us as we started to lay the new paving. The shelter it created enabled us to carry on despite the weather, ensuring the build remained on schedule.
Most of the paving is now laid and reveals the large scale we are working to. The construction of the trellised arches gives this large space definition and shape. The garden also takes shape with the addition of the raised beds made from wooden sleepers – these are proving a popular trend. A circular area can be seen which will be infilled with a concrete base ready for a water feature to be installed at a later date. A large rectangular area of soil in the centre of the paving is made ready for turf to be laid.
A theme running through Alison’s design is curved lines cut along the edges of the patio. This photo illustrates how effective this can look – especially when it is used, as in this instance, to curve the paving around the side of the house.
Here is another photo which shows how the theme of arches and curved lines in the patio continue throughout the design, this time in a side access to the back garden.
Great care is taken in the finishing touches as Jim makes sure the turf is cut correctly to match the curved lines of the patio on the last day of the build.
The central lawn is now laid on the final days of the build, pulling the finished look together. The placement of a lawn here is an important feature in breaking up the expansive area of paving and providing an injection of colour – especially as the planting scheme is yet to take place.
As the garden comes to completion it takes on a formal feel, helped by the use of arches (five in total!) and the impact of a central lawn surrounded by the smaller flower beds and raised beds.
There is a feeling of a job well done and our client is delighted with their new garden which compliments the style of their traditional house.
As part of next months’ blog, I hope to update you on the completed look of the water feature and talk in more detail about the construction of raised beds. Watch this space!