A Highly Sociable New Garden and Dog-Friendly!

The challenge

Boring and messy garden before transformationThe owners of this new build property in Anstey, Leicestershire wanted a relaxing garden that would match their beautiful modern home.

At present, the garden was devoid of any features, consisting of just a muddy sloping lawn and paving. Our clients were looking for a garden design that would give them a stylish setting for socialising while at the same time accommodating their three pet boxer dogs.

The concept

To begin, we wanted to create a stylish new patio next to the house. Using silver grey paving we built a gently curving patio space on the lower level of the garden outside the patio doors.

Stylish garden design in 3DThe paving was bordered with pennant grey setts to define each area and to introduce clean lines into the garden design. We then used eco-fill grouting compound to stop weeds growing between the joints of the paving. All our paving is laid onto full mortar beds to give strength and prevent future movement.

A retaining wall and steps of approximately 150mm high were built to provide access to all levels of the garden. Concrete footing supports all of the walling, and damp proof membrane lining prevents water from sitting along the back of the walls.

An unusual and eye-catching feature of this garden design is the circular fire pit with stone seating that we constructed using quarry grey walling bricks. We used the same bricks to retain the top flowerbed, creating a cosy seating area and focal point for the garden. To highlight the many features of this garden, we introduced a lighting scheme using cool white LEDs to subtly illuminate the back wall, seating areas and boundaries.

In the far corner, we built a pressure treated timber decking area on a raised platform with steps flowing around the front of the decking and up to the gate to give easy access to the rear of the garden. The decking area is erected on pressure treated timbers and lined underneath with geotextile weed membrane to prevent growth from underneath the platform.

We laid new Regency artificial turf that was cut to shape to form an easy maintenance lawn and safe play area. The artificial lawn is dog-friendly and underlined with grit stone for smells and geotextile membrane to help reduce weeds. Small, low maintenance planting areas are situated around the garden and our planting scheme offers height, fragrance and colour to give year round interest.

Finally, we installed a feather edge gate at the side of the house and reused some of the existing paving to create a pathway to give easy access to the wheelie bins. A new Aco channel drainage system was installed across the house to catch surface water running from the patio.

The conclusion

Low maintenance garden with artificial lawn, raised flower beds and fire pit.To say this was a stunning transformation is an understatement – you wouldn’t even recognise it’s the same garden!

Needless to say, our clients were thrilled with their impressive new outdoor space. They are now spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing where to sit in their highly sociable new garden.

And this project includes a one-year maintenance plan, ensuring the garden will stay looking fantastic well into the future.

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