Our brief: The residents of Abbeyfield Nursing Home required a wheelchair accessible, all year round garden they could enjoy.
We wanted to bridge gaps in our community and give back by:
Building relationships between staff and residents.
Involve the wider community, encouraging local sports teams and businesses to get involved.
With sustainability in mind, we “up cycled” timber garden furniture, stripping it back and repainting it.
For ease in maintainance and upkeep we removed patches of grassy areas and created pebble borders and laid an irrigation system.
We designed and positioned an “all weather” garden shelter, accessible by wheelchair in what was an overgrown and unusable space in the garden. Now the shelter acts as a focal point for the garden. A meeting point for residents and staff.
Raised beds were added for ease of access and residents can simply get involved in planting without risk or difficulty!
The material met our client brief for replacing a retaining wall of rotten sleepers for a contemporary, urban style alternative.
A hard wearing block walling solution, described by Marshalls as a “sleek, sophistiated finish,” the granite adds a touch of sparkle. The use of adhesive instead of mortar offers a clean line, chic finish.
We liked the simple, clean finish even if a bit stark. The coldness can easily be softened with simple planted troughs and pots to add colour and texture.
What we didn’t like…The blocks must be arranged in one orientation due to the single side smooth cut edge, leaving the exposed edge looking a little like a DIY error, this seems a poor oversight by Marshalls.
Durability: Life-long but lacks the versatility and sympathetic look of sleepers.
Cost: Mid-expensive range product. Frustrating purchasing in batches, rather than to order adding to the cost. However, it’s an easy product to build and savings can be made on reduced labour intensity.
Note block walling complimented by porcelain paving and pebbled border for drainage.
We recognise how confusing choosing between landscaping services or splashing out on a garden designer might be. Searching websites where prices are not displayed makes determining affordability and good value for money challenging. You may feel bewildered, confused and reaching for a glass wine.
We have seen clients grapple with this problem time and time again. What you want to know is,
Who to turn to.
Is a garden design REALLY necessary?
The honest answer from Rodney Lovell, our company director and garden designer, and contrary to what you might read in other blogs,
“A garden design isn’t always necessary, sometimes a sketch is all that is required. I shouldn’t say that should I?” (laugh)…
We wanted to provide clarity and a solution for our clients. We offer both comprehensive design consultation services and a value for money sketch service too.
Here are the differences, leaving you in a position to make an informed choice about what to do next.
We offer a free initial visit whichever route you choose. At the visit you can expect Rod, George or Rob to talk through the ideas you have for your garden.
With our years of experience we can advise and offer some alternative ideas that may spark some new thinking.
By the end of the no obligation consultation we’ll be able to advise whether sketch or design services are right for you.
Sketch Services: We provide a hand drawn, to scale plan from £0-800 alongside a detailed construction quote. At this point, it is common for our clients to make changes to the design and materials. Once the quote is agreed and approved we can get your project scheduled in our diary. Check out our lead times on the Design & Build page.
Communication on any build is vital to it’s success, we find a sketch helps keep everyone communicating effectively and working towards the same goal.
Design Consultation Services: If you require:
a full survey for your site
novelty and cutting edge design
We charge our design services on a % build cost basis.
Our design services are much more comprehensive. Rod Lovell uses CAD software to produce 3D designs and construction drawings and specifications. We work with George Butler (planting specialist) from the outset delivering a fully costed garden design, mood board and planting plan.
Construction quotes are completed once the design is finalised, not before. You may prefer to obtain a couple of construction quotes, including ours, to check costs involved. We can arrange this for you. If you go ahead with our construction team you do not pay a management fee for the build.
We pride ourselves being value for money, we are not the cheapest construction quote out there.
We pay our staff well, we have happy staff and good retention which makes for the quality work we see in all our gardens.
We also quote with integrity and price quoted, we gaurantee is price paid.
You will receive a genuine experience expected from our Landmark reputation.