For four weeks in March, one of our site team were working on site in Hamstreet, a village close in proximity to Ashford, in Kent. The project itself was completed within a month, with no compromise on the quality that has led Oakleigh Manor to numerous national awards for our design and build capabilities.
On top of Garden Design and Landscape Build, this client also utilised our expertise in Garden Lighting and Garden Joinery and by looking through the many photos on this slideshow, I think you’ll agree the garden has come together beautifully.
First of all, the garden was reduced to foundation levels: you can see some photos of this stage on our Instagram page. Topsoil was retained to create new levels and existing concrete slabs and bricks were retained; all other unwanted spoil was removed from site. The bricks retained were used to help shape the new areas of the garden: the patio, gravel paths and lawn area, being laid onto a solid concrete foundation.
The patio was formed from naturally riven sandstone laid on a full mortar bed, over 100mm Type 1 sub-base and a geotextile membrane. The patio area was completed with our addition of a step outside the conservatory doors. The gravel path was also constructed from 100mm Type 1, along with a geotextile membrane, but had the added addition, of course, of a 25mm layer of 10mm-sized angular gravel.
As opposed to the construction of the patio area, the circular brick patio underneath a beautiful treated softwood pergola, this patio was composed of new bricks, to complement the reused ones. The pergola itself was formed from 150mm x 150mm posts, supporting a 200mm x 50mm framework above. To satisfy the client’s needs also, our joinery workshop produced lovely trellis panels, also made out of treated softwood.
Other elements of the garden included the addition of a new treated softwood gate for pedestrian use at the side of the property into the garden, generous planting areas and the new lawn was laid from old turf cut from new border areas.
Throw lighting into that equation and you have the quintessential Oakleigh Manor landscape. Stunning.