A Stylish and Consistent Design for Front and Back

The challenge

The owners of this charming bungalow in the village of Markfield in Leicester wanted us to improve the appearance of their front and back garden.

However, their driveway was still in good condition, and there was no reason not to use the materials in place. Our designer came up with a simple solution that made use of the existing stones and brought in new sandstone paving to create a harmonious blend between front and back gardens.

The concept

At the front of the house, we removed and re-laid the existing driveway, this time incorporating a stylish circular design within the pattern using pennant grey Tegula blocks to add the feature rings.

The same grey Tegula blocks were then used to define the edge of the lawn – producing an easy maintenance mowing strip – and giving consistency to the paving used throughout the garden design.

For the patio, we laid new limestone paving to provide a spacious place to relax in the back garden while at the front of the house we used the same stones to add a feature area to the driveway. All the paving was laid on full mortar beds and grouted using a resin-based eco grout to reduce weeds growing between the joints.

The new seating space was built using Marshallite decorative walling to give a focal point to the garden. Concrete foundations for the wall and built-in seating were installed to a depth of 300mm to provide maximum strength.

Another eye-catching highlight of this design is the water feature, which we installed in a gravel bed in the corner of the garden. This spot gives our clients a quiet area for relaxation, and the gravel makes an ideal bed for a low maintenance planting scheme.

For the lawn, we cut a contemporary, curved shape to bring softer lines to the design. We removed the existing grass and replaced it with top soil and Elliotts medallion turf to produce a healthy, vibrant lawn that brings a welcome splash of colour to the garden.

As well as taking away the old lawn, we also removed all unwanted paving, rubble and other waste. In preparing the groundwork and drainage for hard standings, we included a drainage system to prevent any standing water on the paving or flooding of the lawn.

The conclusion

For this design, we made use of the existing driveway, but still managed to bring a uniformity to the back and front garden design by incorporating similar patterns and introducing limestone paving to give consistency.

Our clients were delighted that we were able to make use of the driveway’s current brickwork, yet reposition it alongside new materials to give a fresh, stylish finish to the front of the house.

As for the back garden, we introduced a low maintenance planting scheme that will make it easy for our clients to take care of the garden. We also supplied four complimentary lawn care treatments and a check-up maintenance visit, twelve months after completion, to ensure everything in this garden stays looking rosy.

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