FLAGSTONE PATH, REDLAND (move mouse over pics to see more)
An asphalt path was dug up and disposed of and replaced with reclaimed flagstones. Although it was done only a week before these photos were taken, it looks like this path has been in place since the house was built.
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The path stretches from the steps at the entrance to the front garden to the front door at the side of the house and on to the back garden gate.
FRONT GARDEN, CLIFTON WOOD
The front garden was dug out leaving the front wall in place. The idea was to create an outdoor room to the front of the house. Two raised beds were built using the local Brandon stone, the existing stone work was repaired and repointed and the area was paved using natural flagstones. The wall adjacent to the steps was rebuilt and the Bath stone copings restored. A missing step was replaced using recycled slate and the gate repaired.
GARDEN & DRIVE, LIMERICK RD
Path made of York Stone setts runs from the front door to the street. Driveway, adjacent to path, is wide enough to park cars on and laid with a unique blend of self-binding gravel, pleasing to the eye (unlike asphalt and some driveway block paving). Traditional flagstone paving area adjacent to front door (not visible). York stone setts blend well with the Bath stone features of the house.
Oval lawn. York stone setts have been laid to contain new lawn and facilitate mowing. Garden is prepared for new planting.
Combination of Classic English landscaping materials adds elegance to the front garden and drive.
GARDEN TERRACE FOR COACH HOUSE, COTHAM
A big old house in Cotham with an Old Coach House at the bottom of the garden. The Coach House/Garage is being converted into a House and we were called in to do the hard landscaping between the House and Garden.
We established lower, middle and upper level terraces using reclaimed brick for the retaining walls and with a flight of steps linking the 3 levels. We used reclaimed flagstones from the coach house floor for the lower and middle terraces and the steps and reclaimed brick and terracotta stable blocks for the copings and the upper terrace which was given a half circle shape.Particular attention was paid to getting good drainage in association with the building and getting a pleasant traditional look that works well with the setting and how the client plans to use the space.
Garden in Cotham: Summer 2009
NICHE, WOODSTOCK RD. REDLAND
This lovely wrought iron seat needed a place in the garden.
We made a base for it to sit on using reclaimed bricks laid in a basketweave pattern and set a brick edging to the borders to match in with what was already there.
COTSWOLD STONE WALL, MARSHFIELD
A Cotswold stone wall 6ft high with an arch gateposts and a buttress.
Using freshly quarried Cotswold stone with a mortar made using local sand and grit to match in well with the stone and brushed back. The wall built in part on top of an existing Cotswold stone retaining wall was 5 metres high in some parts so required a buttress for additional strength. Two piers were built ready to take new gates and 2 Bath stone ball finials (still being made). A small arched gateway was built near the house.
BRICK TERRACE, TOTTERDOWN
Recycled bricks laid in a herringbone pattern were used by Patric Holden (Director of the Soil Association) for this dramatic terrace overlooking Bristol from the Totterdown hill. The bricks were grouted in using a mix of Holm sand and Mendip stone dust with a little cement added. Beyond the terrace will be a lawn and a vegetable garden and .... the fantastic view! (move your mouse over the bricks on the left to see it)
WALLED GARDEN, WYE VALLEY
Extensive rebuilding of walls surrounding a south facing garden. Tops of walls were badly damaged by ivy and in many places collapsed. The ivy roots were taken out and the walls rebuilt using the local stone and a specially prepared traditional lime mortar. The walls are kept damp for as long as possible by covering with sacking and dousing down with water during hot weather. In this way the mortar cures more slowly, does not dry out and achieves a greater compressive strength in the final set. The coping stones were relayed and the walls repointed.
PATIO, WESTBURY PARK, BRISTOL
Coming increasingly into favour; "Indian Flagstones" are real stone and come in at a price more economic than middle of the range reproduction (i.e. concrete) flagstones.
Here they form a raised patio between the house and the back garden, ideal for sunny afternoons or eating 'al fresco'. Move your mouse over the "greyhound" image to the left to see an enlargement.
On the right a view from the front door step where recycled stable blocks have been laid to make a traditional path to the front gate.
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TERRACE GARDEN, LIMPLEY STOKE
Terrace overlooking the beautiful Avon Valley at Limpley Stoke. This extensive terrace is paved using natural riven flagstones that come from India with a silver grey colour which is similar to the more traditional Pennant flagstones you find used in Bath and Bristol but which cost a lot less. Low retaining walls and raised planters were built using local stone and the copings are the same stone that is used for the terrace (which are the same as the ones used at the job, shown above, in Westbury Park).
STEPS FROM TERRACE TO LAWN WITH RAISED PLANTING BEDS, CLIFTON WOOD
Stone retaining walls, built using the local Brandon Hill Grit stone, form raised planters on each side of wide stone steps leading up to the garden. Note that the lower steps are wider than the upper flight of steps and there is a platform level in-between, making the overall structure more visually interesting.
Natural random flagstones were used to pave the terrace area in front of the French windows (not visible). The same flagstones were also used for the steps and the coping stones on top of the walls forming the raised planting beds which also double as places to sit.
GOLDNEY AVE, CLIFTON
Garden Pond: built using the local stone available in the garden. Successfull project, frogs moved in during construction which only took a couple of days!
YORKSTONE PATIO, WALL & STEPS. HAMPSTEAD
Made using recycled York stone.
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One more step to do and coping stones on top of retaining wall still to be laid.
2 PATIOS, RAGLAN ROAD
On the left, a small patio made using reclaimed local flagstones with a cobble stone border, surrounded by flower beds.(pic taken after heavy rain!) On the right and next door, a small courtyard garden paved with Travertine marble (not as expensive as it used to be).
DRIVEWAY & PARTERRE, BATH
The driveway for this lovely Arts & Crafts House just south of Bath was done using natural York Stone sets. They were chosen to match in with the stone and tiles of the house.
A box parterre with flagstone surround was designed to provide a focus associated with the main entrance to the house. At the centre of the parterre is a circular millstone that will provide the base for a suitable urn or ornament - when it is found!
GARDEN HOUSE, CLIFTON
Construction of garden house using local random rubble stone. Garden house can be used as shed or additional room/office depending on how the interior is finished.
COBBLESTONE PARKING AREA, WENTWORTH ROAD, BISHOPSTON
A cobbled drive way providing off street parking for two cars. Chunky, recycled cobbles were used, nearly 10 tons of them! A low retaining wall was built using bricks from the front wall and re-cycled Bath stone coping stones. The path and steps and borders between path and lawn were finished with Victorian tiles. The beautiful planting was done by the client.
GARDEN IN SOUTHVILLE, BRISTOL
Victorian terrace front garden. Original path was damaged concrete. Replaced with path made from terracotta tiles (black, terracotta & buff) set in diamond pattern and natural, "quartzite" flagstones (all from Wells Reclamation). Borders to planting beds done with reproduction stone, "rope top", edging tiles. Flagstones used to emphasise doorway and entrance thresholds, tiles providing colour and pattern. More pics
WE USE TRADITIONAL BUILDING AND STONE MASONRY SKILLS COMBINED WITH NATURAL BUILDING MATERIALS TO ADD NEW DIMENSIONS TO YOUR GARDEN.
GARDEN NEAR THE DOWNS
This garden was a wilderness of ivy, long grass and brambles. We designed the garden to be as low maintenance as possible by replacing the overgrown lawn with a central feature, a bird bath with lavender and orange poppies in the bed around it, surrounded by a circular path edged with stone from the quarry near Long Ashton. The path has a liner under it to stop weeds growing. Trees and shrubs have just been planted around the central area but they will take a while to establish so in the meantime a bark mulch has been placed to keep the weeds down. Paving stone steps lead up to a higher path gravel area again with the quarry stone edging.
Raised terrace (right) with parapet walls in front of French windows. Steps lead down to platform with raised beds to the sides (left) then down to a paved area at garden level. More steps lead down to entrance at basement level. Flagstones are used for paving, steps and coping stones on the tops of walls; built using stone already in the garden and from a local quarry.
STONE RESTORATION OF FRONT FACADE, CLIFTON WOOD
The building was water cleaned then the stone work was restored. In particular, the badly damaged Bath stone cornice and parapet wall at the top of the building was restored. The window and door surrounds, columns and band courses were made good and the random rubblestone wall was re-pointed. We also rebuilt a retaining wall in the back garden using the local Brandon Hill Grit stone.
WE CAN BUILD BEAUTIFUL STONE WALLS & STEPS AND LAY FLAGSTONE PATHS, PATIOS AND TERRACES USING LOCALLY SOURCED STONE.
WE CAN ALSO HELP YOU DESIGN AND BUILD AND PLANT ALL SORTS OF THINGS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR GARDEN MORE BEAUTIFUL.
TEL: MIKE BROWN - Bristol(0117) 9294061