Drake, a Bitterne, Southampton Garden Redesign & Landscaping Project

Garden Design and Landscaping Project in Southampton

We were approached by Maureen to help her create her dream garden. Before walking you through this project that featured curved artificial grass, garden furniture such as stunning slate garden bench and statue, modern pergola design, raised beds and decking; why not read what Maureen had to say about her new garden design:

I cannot thank Rob and his lovely team enough, Rob you have created my dream garden. You and your team are professional and hard working. You should take great pride in the standard of your work and in your very creative skills. Thank you so very much for creating my dream garden.

As you’ve just read, it is fair to say our latest landscaping and garden creation totally hit the nail on the head! We had a brief for a low maintenance garden as our client is a carer for her husband and wanted an area to be proud of, without being burdensome to maintain. Most crucially it had to be an area of relaxation and peacefulness. When we initially meet and discuss ideas we always listen to you and what you want. The advantage we have is our years of experience, which enable us to draw on a very wide range of design ideas and concepts so we can create something unique and perfectly suited to you.

Here was the garden before we began any of our makeover:

Bitterne Garden before Landscaping & Re-Design

Bitterne Garden before Landscaping & Re-Design

Bitterne Garden before Landscaping & Re-Design

As you can see we had a completely blank canvass to work from. This enabled us to plan a garden that fully met our clients brief and their budget.

The first step is to undertake the initial clearance work. This removes all existing grass and gives us the blank canvass we need to start our landscaping work from:

Initial Garden Clearance for our Bitterne Project

Initial Garden Clearance for our Bitterne Project

Once this work was complete we then began to layout and create the main features of this project. We were going to create a shaped artificial lawn, along with a decked are and a contemporary pergola. Due to the very un predictable summer weather we were really battling to be able to stay on schedule with this project. As good as we are, we really can’t control heavy downpours, which make it very difficult to progress any garden project at normal speeds! In total this project took just over a week to complete.

Ground Prep with Raised Beds and Decking

Ground Prep with Raised Beds and Decking

Completing the Groundwork Preparation

Completing the Groundwork Preparation

Sub Base and Decking Construction

Sub Base and Decking Construction

Once we got to this stage the contemporary pergola just needed the side slats attaching and then it was on to the artificial nam grass with stunning large plum slate chippings.

The Finished Garden Design

So after many hours of love and attention we were able to complete this garden design project in Bitterne, Southampton. To add the finishing touches we added a stunning contemporary slate garden bench and modern statue. The raised borders were also planted with low maintenance grasses, architectural shrubs and herbaceous perennials. We created extra screening with bamboo along the rear fence line and all these shrubs were grown in our own nursery unit so we can be sure of the quality of the plants and their suitability for the local soil conditions.

Slate Sculpture Garden View

Slate Sculpture Garden View

Slate Bench & Sculpture Features

Slate Bench & Sculpture Features

Slate Bench & Sculpture

Slate Bench & Sculpture

Drake, a Southampton Garden Project

Drake, a Southampton Garden Project with Modern Pergola

Curved Artificial Grass Laid

Curved Artificial Grass Laid and Complimented with Large Plum Slate Chippings

A Gosport Garden Landscaping & Re-Design Project

Beautiful Garden Design and Landscaping

We loved this garden landscaping design project for our customer in Gosport, Hampshire. TOur client needed a patio area to relax in but didn’t want the whole garden paved. They also needed a low maintenance artificial lawn area for their grandchildren to play. The best bit was everything else was up to us to create within their budget!

As a result we turned the old garden in to this:

The finished Gosport garden design project

The finished Gosport garden design project

The first part of this project was to level and remove the old top soil and vegetation ready for our new landscaping design.

Removing soil as part of our Gosport garden landscaping project

Removing soil as part of our Gosport garden landscaping project

We were able to gain side access to the garden so with the removal of a fence panel or two we set John to work on our mini digger to really set this project on the right track. Once the ground was ready for the next stage we bought in the hardcore sub base and as you can see below set about compacting this ready for the next stage of landscaping.

Compacting the garden design sub base in our Gosport landscaping project

Compacting the garden design sub base in our Gosport landscaping project

Once the base was ready we then proceeded to layout the new garden design and set in place our granite edging to help sculpt the new garden areas!

Garden landscaping in progress in Gosport

Garden landscaping in progress in Gosport

Garden landscaping in progress in Gosport

Garden landscaping in progress in Gosport

The Finished Garden Design

Once the edging was complete we were able to create the new natural riven sandstone paved area, compliment the already laid granite edging with the addition of a granite chipping section and also lay the excellent Namgrass artificial lawn. We also made good the fencing so you couldn’t even tell we had removed it in the first place.

Sandstone paving with granite edging and artificial grass in our Hampshire garden design

Sandstone paving with granite edging and artificial grass in our Hampshire garden design

Sandstone paving with granite edging and artificial grass in our Gosport garden design

Sandstone paving with granite edging and artificial grass in our Gosport garden design

And once again a quick reminder of what this garden looked like before we worked our magic!

Our Gosport garden before any landscaping design work

Our Gosport garden before any landscaping design work

The finished garden landscaping project was a wonderful low maintenance garden area that combined three distinct zones in to a single cohesive design. When it comes to planning your garden landscaping project we are happy to provide you with as much advice and assistance as you want. We are extremely experienced in providing stunning new garden designs and we can design a garden to suit your needs.

This project is an excellent example of how simple, low maintenance designs can sometimes be just as impressive as more complex garden designing!

Namgrass Artificial Lawn Job in Weston, Southampton

Namgrass Artificial Grass for a Low Maintenance Lawn

This garden landscaping project in Southampton was a good way for us to enter June…

As part of the complete works we installed a brand new Namgrass artificial lawn,  laid brand new “Promenade” grey sandstone paving , added overlap fencing and a created a brand new sleeper seat/artificial grass seat to allow our customer to enjoy their new garden space!

New Promenade Sandstone Paving and Namgrass Artificial Lawn Grass in Weston, Southampton

New Promenade Sandstone Paving and Namgrass Artificial Lawn Grass in Weston, Southampton

The picture above shows how the correct selection of paving colour and design can help to create exactly the look and feel you want from your garden landscaping project!

Namgrass Artificial Grass Close Up

Namgrass Artificial Grass Close Up

In the background below you can see the new sleeper seat we created with the use of timber and more Namgrass articial lawn for the seat base itself.

Namgrass Artificial Lawn Grass in Weston, Southampton

Namgrass Artificial Lawn Grass in Weston, Southampton

When it comes to planning your garden landscaping project we are happy to provide you with as much advice and assistance as you want. We are extremely experienced in providing stunning new garden designs and we can design a garden to suit your needs. This project is an excellent example of how a very low maintenance design can leave you with a stunning garden space you can relax in and enjoy for years to come!

Fresh Turfing with Step Project for a Hamble, Hampshire Garden

Fresh S1 Grade Turf Used for this Hampshire Garden Lawn Job

As summer approaches now is a great time to lay a new lawn. This garden landscaping project involved removing an old concrete path and leveling the lawn.

S1 Grade Turfing for this Hamble, Hampshire Garden Landscaping Project

New S1 Grade Turfing for this Hamble, Hampshire Garden Landscaping Project

Due to the layout of this garden it wasn’t possible to create a flat lawn in one, our customer didn’t want a sloping garden surface so we came up with an innovate solution that included the creation of 2 level tiers, separated by a new timer retaining wall with a natural turf step built in.

Natural Turf Timber Step

Natural Turf Timber Step

Natural Turf Timber Step

Natural Turf Timber Step

This project was a real team effort for us to complete. At the start of the project we had John in on our digger to remove the old path and level the earth ready for the two tiers of turfing. Paul was then able to create the sleeper work for the retaining wall and natural turf step creation. Finally we brought in Matt and Joel to finish the project with the new S1 Grade Turfing.

 

Timber Retaining Wall with Natural Turf Step

Timber Retaining Wall with Natural Turf Step

The finished lawn area really looks great and our customer was very happy. When it comes to planning your garden landscaping project we are happy to provide you with as much advice and assistance as you want. We are extremely experienced in providing stunning new garden designs and we can design a garden to suit your needs.

This project is an excellent example of how natural products such as timber and turfing can be used to create a modern, yet natural solution to achieve what you want from your garden.

Multi Tier Sahara Sandstone Paving with Timber Edging Townhill, Southampton Project

Beautiful Garden Design and Landscaping

It is only early in the year and we really shouldn’t have favourites, but this garden landscaping project is without doubt one of our favourite designs and projects so far this year.

Timber edged, tier patio garden design in Southampton

Timber edged, tier patio garden design in Southampton

One of the biggest challenges we faced in this project was access. There was no rear access to the garden so all materials had to be moved through the house of our customer. We really didn’t want this to be a design factor in what we planned to create though!

Our idea was to create a number of tiers in the garden, these levels would then be connected via paths and steps. The levels would allow our client to create and outdoor play and picnic area and make the most of their outdoor space.

We used Sahara Sandstone paving to create a very modern look – to take this a step further we also added a softwood timber edging for a very current and modern garden design.

Close up of timber edging for sandstone paving in Southampton

Close up of timber edging for sandstone paving in Southampton

Here are a couple of our work in progress images:

Creating tier paving with softwood edging for this Townhill, Southampton garden project

Creating tier paving with softwood edging for this Townhill, Southampton garden project

Creating tier paving with softwood edging for this Townhill, Southampton garden project

Creating tier paving with softwood edging for this Townhill, Southampton garden project

We think these really help show just how much we were able to improve on this garden’s design!

Timber and sandstone paving garden landscaping design

Timber and sandstone paving garden landscaping design

Sandstone Paving with a Timber Edge in Townhill, Southampton

Sandstone Paving with a Timber Edge in Townhill, Southampton

The finished garden landscaping project created a number of tiers of paving, connected with steps and paths. When it comes to planning your garden landscaping project we are happy to provide you with as much advice and assistance as you want. We are extremely experienced in providing stunning new garden designs and we can design a garden to suit your needs.

This project is an excellent example of how we can create stunning garden designs even in the most tricky of garden spaces!

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden Redesign – October 2016

Low Maintenance Garden Design with Artificial Lawn

Our latest landscaping project is finished. Aureum is a great low maintenance, contemporary garden featuring natural sandstone paving, raised sleeper bed and an artificial lawn. When we first visited the garden we decided the first job was a general tidy before creating a new garden fence.

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden Redesign

The next step in this garden redesign project was to create some timber bound, raised flower beds.

Aureum Raised Flower Beds

Once this was completed we then began work on the paving and artificial lawn area.

Aureum Artificial Lawn Preparation

Aureum Laying the Paving

Can you spot John giving us a cheeky little wave there… Once we have completed the paving we were able to lay the artificial lawn base and finally the fake grass itself. However when you are looking to complete garden landscaping, certain jobs can only be done in dry weather, and as you can see from Rob’s face below, rain did hamper us somewhat on this garden project!

Aureum Artificial Lawn Laid

Still once the weather was better we were able to put the finishing touches to this project including painting the fences in Cuprinol Garden Shades in Forest Mushroom colour. The finished design features raised sleeper beds, sandstone paving, artificial lawn and decorative stone borders.

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden

Aureum Low Maintenance Garden

Not to neglect the front of house, we also tidied this area up a bit with new raised planter, stone path and decorative stones.

Aureum Front Garden Before

Aureum Front Garden Before

Aureum Front Garden After

Aureum Front Garden After

If you are thinking of a garden redesign or investigating low maintenance garden design then please don’t hesitate to contact us to talk about what we can do for your garden!

Cherry Field Finished – October 2016 Garden Project

Garden re-design including path widening

After our earlier post of our work in progress “Cherry Field” we can now bring you some updated pictures and the finished Garden project. Due to the time of year the beds have been created ready for Spring planting, as such the true finished project is a few seasons away still, however even comparing the before with the now we are very happy with how this garden redesign project has progressed! It is a great example of a new garden design featuring a combination of natural stone and timber.

 

Cherry Field garden redesign; before, during and after work

 

Cherry Field garden redesign; before, during and after work

this project was a great example of combining heavy duty timber and beautiful natural sandstone and the above really shows the difference we have made to this garden, and the work wasn’t finished there on this particular wall as we installed something to help with enjoying the garden at nighttime as well!

Cherry Field garden wall outdoor lighting

You can see the finished path and patio area, which after spring planting will look stunning! You can also see that a great way to cover unattractive walls is to clad them! This gives you a great contemporary look for your garden.

Cherry Field's path and raised patio

The raised patio is also edged with round timbers. This is a great way to define the area without creating a barrier between the patio and the rest of the garden.

Cherry Field rounded timber edging

You can also see a close up view of the curved steps between the lower patio and the raised area.

Cherry Field's curved patio path

Cherry Field – October 2016 Project

Garden re-design including path widening

Normally we only post with our finished garden projects. With our latest blog post we thought we’d give you an update on our latest project “Cherry Field”.

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Due to limited access to this garden we can’t get a mini digger on to site which means some serious manual labour… The first stage of this garden redesign is to take up the existing brick paving

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The next stage is to also extend the garden path by removing a retaining wall and extending out in to the garden.

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The brick paving is up, the retaining wall is down and the path has been made wider.

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That’s the worst bit finished and now we can start building the new garden! We will keep you updated on this project…

Whiteley, Fareham Garden Project – Patio & Fencing

Whiteley Garden Project

This garden project saw us extending a garden patio with the addition of closely matching stone slabs, and installing a new closeboard fence with continental gate. This helped us to create a really great looking and most importantly relaxing outdoor space for our client…

We were given a challenging task with this Whiteley garden project in Fareham, Hampshire when our client wished to extend their existing patio. What’s the problem you are probably thinking right about now, surely just a simple case of getting some more slabs and getting to work…

Well, the existing patio slabs were no longer available so we were tasked with the problem of how to ensure the patio looked like one original patio and not two separate jobs! Obviously the client would much rather avoid the pricey cost of re-paving the whole area to get a match…

Luckily we have just a bit of experience in laying paving and the range of stone that is available…

Stonemarket to the rescue with a matching paving stone

Thankfully we have a number of excellent suppliers we can call on and with the help of Stonemarket, who supply a large range of garden paving. After a quick phone call and visit we were able to source a nearly identical paving stone (weathering will greatly help with a consistent appearance!).

The matching stone in the end was a “Misty Grey” Bourten riven reconstituted paving slab and it sits very nicely next to the existing patio stones.

Garden fencing & continental gate to finish the job

To really finish off this particular garden project we enclosed the new patio area with the addition of a new closeboard fence with continental gate.

Closeboard fencing with continental gate as part of our Whiteley Garden Project

Closeboard fencing with continental gate as part of our Whiteley Garden Project

 

If you want to improve or discuss any ideas for your garden project then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us now:

 

Stubbington Flower Bed Planting

See what the team got up to with today’s planting efforts.