A featured brick seat in a traditional garden

This week the landscaping team at ALDA have been busy constructing a curved brick seat in a garden in Barkham. The seat was designed by Alison to perfectly compliment the brick well it curves around. The well is a treasured feature in our client’s garden and although recently restored, it was originally built in the 1920s to provide water to our client’s house.

The new seating area has been built on an existing brick wall which originally just had a flower bed on top. Alison suggested to our client that this flower bed could be transformed into a feature seat providing a practical use, as well as being an effective way to accentuate the well.

Before photo showing the existing brick wall and the team levelling the soil ready for the brick pavers to be laid on top.The new brick seat takes shape; steel markers are used to produce an accurate circle of bricks surrounding the well.The 3-deep row of brick pavers are now laid around the base of the well.The almost-finished seating area, with the brick pavers pointed in.And with the gravel infill completed, the team get the chance to have a hard-earned rest! Left to right: Brett, me (John), Jim. Sadly no Andy (my foreman) - he's off this week with a bad back.

The surface of the seat is constructed from brick pavers, cut in half so they are 4” x 4”. By cutting the pavers in half, a more precise curve is achieved along the line of the seat. The pavers are ‘rose cottage’ in colour, which tones in with the age of the bricks used in the well and the existing curved wall; they are sourced from the company Global Stone.

Along the outer edge, dividing the seat from the flower bed, we have installed a row of upturned pavers. This encloses it as a seating area and prevents soil from the bed spilling onto the seat.

Continuing with the circular theme, the same brick pavers are laid on the ground around the base of the well, providing a neat edge to the limestone paving. As seen in the photo, steel markers were set out to secure an accurate line. The brick pavers are laid 3 deep and provide another attractive detail to the seating area. Finally, a layer of shingle between the pavers and the well provides a tidy finish to the area.

So all that’s needed now is a warm day – so that our client can sit and enjoy their new feature brick seat!

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