The next stage of my garden renovation process was all about the hard landscaping materials. The term itself isn’t something that I find appealing. I’m all about colour, texture & nature so I knew the right products were instrumental to help me achieve a contemporary style teamed with cottage inspired details bursting with colour & breathtaking natural free-flowing borders.
As discussed in part 2, I initially chatted to the garden designer about the overall theme & tone I was after. I was grateful to be guided with the choices available for patios & paths, which are not something I have much knowledge on. Alongside the incredibly detailed design & to scale drawing, they also provided a list of suggested materials & the purchasing information to make it all really easy for me.
I kept the recommendations for the Bradstone products such as the Ancestry walling & natural sandstone, but in the end we switched the patio finish for sandstone that had a fine textured grain also as opposed to a fully smooth finish. We did research patio styles a fair bit & visited various display centres to make sure we were 100% happy, as it’s something that we were investing in & had to look good in the long term & perform exceptionally over the years. Another reason why we favoured Bradstone is that we knew that they were sustainable products, & have been responsibly & ethically sourced.
Our garden is 90% Bradstone as they provided a 10 year product warranty & a 5 year workmanship warranty & that was one thing that we felt assured by when investing so much of our time, resources & finances into such a big garden renovation project.
We actually had to ordered quite a large volume of materials here are the approximates: 66 square metres for the paving that wrapped around the house, 9 square metres for the circular patio, 9 linear metres for the curved sandstone wall (this also had a breeze block skin layer that sits directly behind), 30 linear metres for the brick edging & 12 square metres of concrete utility flags to sit under the cabin.
An alternative material was suggested for the clay brick path & this was mainly due to the much-needed texture that was crucial to soften the design & bring in old & new styles in a seamless way. The product was by Global Stone & in the end we opted for the ‘Tudor’ colour to tie in with an old brick wall that we wanted to retain.
Bradstone - walls & patio
Global Stone - curved path
Stay tuned for the next instalment, which will showcase the bulk of the excavation process. It included a LOT of skips & various car parts that were buried under the old mound… Yes it’s true! Apparently the house was built on an old car garage site & the neighbours had encountered similar problems when excavating their own gardens.