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From the drawing board: Construction of my front garden days 6 & 7

4 Written by Lisa on 4th Apr 2012 in From the drawing board

I hope you’ve been enjoying the last few blog posts about the construction of my front garden.  The hard landscaping was finished yesterday and it’s looking gorgeous now even without plants in the ground or paint on the rendered walls.  I wanted the share the last 2 days of construction with you because the transformation yesterday once the gravel went in was quite dramatic.

Day 6 was all about pointing and rendering – it might not look like there was much progress following Day 5, but it toook Ben all day to finish laying the setts and for Robbie to scratch coat the remaining walls and start to put the top coat on.

Because the front of the house is south facing and was quite hot in the afternoon it was a bit challenging to put the top coat of render on because it was drying quickly.

Yesterday was much cooler so it made finishing the render a much easier task and in the background of the picture below you can see Ben laying the paving on the threshold step.

After lunch it was time to install the gravel and it’s really amazing how quickly this transforms a space…

The aggregate we used is called Horcott and it’s brilliant because the stones are flat and therefore very stable.  Using a whacker to compact the gravel helps to ensure that you have the correct amount in situ.

And here’s the finished result…

The walls will be painted once the render has had time to dry properly and of course it needs some plants to soften everything.  We’re hoping to plant over the weekend if I get the chance to pop to the nursery tomorrow.  We moved the stone bench round from the back garden and we also need to buy some pots to sit either side of it.

I’ll share the pictures of the finished garden as soon as I can and of course the video which will be fab when it’s done.  For now though, a little reminder of how it looked just 10 days ago…





From the drawing board: Construction of my front garden days 4 & 5

2 Written by Lisa on 2nd Apr 2012 in From the drawing board

I can’t believe how quickly my front garden is taking shape and by tomorrow the hard landscaping should be finished ready for planting.  So far I have shown you the progress over the first three days so this will bring you up to date with what it looked like when the guys left site on Friday evening. Read more

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I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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