Re-landscaping Garden

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Re-landscaping Garden

Postby Roger-M » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:10 pm

Haven't posted much woody stuff this year as I have been busy doing other things. Having completed our kitchen extension and refit, the garden was a scene of devastation and needed re-landscaping. This was the scene through our bifold doors.

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First job is to get in a digger and a skilled driver to level the ground and dig foundation trenches for the retaining walls.

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Then set out some levelling pegs in trenches to mark the top of the concrete fill.

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Concrete was bought in by pump.

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The walls are initially built from concrete block, and then faced with local Yennadon Stone. We needed 8 tons of block, 19 tons of stone, 8 tons of paving slabs, 15 tons of sand, 3 tons of cement, and 5 tons of gravel. So that's 58 tons of materials to be barrowed down from the road to where it's needed. My wife matched me barrow load for barrow load!

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The side retaining wall was left as block for reasons of economy. Facing stone is £135 per ton. The rule of thumb is that the thickness of the base of the wall should be between 1/4 and 1/3rd the height of the finished wall, so here it starts at 3 blocks thick, then thins to 2 blocks and a single block for the final course.

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The "stealth bomber" cutout is a template for the steps, with holes to mark where the inset lights will go.

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Once the lower walls are faced with small walling stone, it's time to build a dry stone wall at the upper level using medium walling stone.

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And the finished article.

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.... and hopefully you'll agree that the view from the kitchen is somewhat improved.

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Cheers, Roger

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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby jake » Wed Oct 19, 2016 11:29 pm

Nicely done, it looks like it has been there forever which says something good about .

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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby woodsmith » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:11 am

Fabulous job. You're a very very lucky man!
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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby tusses » Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:56 pm

I don't usually post much on these non woody posts .. but that looks really nice Rog ! .. you must be pleased !

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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby promhandicam » Thu Oct 20, 2016 11:27 pm

Well done to both of you. Other than the help with the digger and laying the foundations did you and your wife do all the rest. If so then I think you deserve a holiday!

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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby Tomyjoiner » Fri Oct 21, 2016 7:12 pm

Job well done!

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Re: Re-landscaping Garden

Postby Roger-M » Fri Oct 21, 2016 8:09 pm

Thanks guys.

promhandicam wrote:Well done to both of you. Other than the help with the digger and laying the foundations did you and your wife do all the rest. If so then I think you deserve a holiday!


That's pretty much the size of it Steve. The digger driver was brilliant at getting the levels right - did a far better job than I could have done, and whilst he did the digging I drove the power barrow to remove the spoil. Foundations were pumped concrete as it would have taken forever to mix it myself, and we would have struggled to shift 6 tons of readymix and lay it accurately in the trenches before it set. I subbed out laying the paving, as time was pressing and again it would have taken me for ever to lay 50 sq m. However, I laid every last block (200 - about 8 tons) and every piece of stone (19 tons), and built the steps, and just got a local apprentice in to render the side wall.
Cheers, Roger


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