Video Walkthrough of Altrincham Garden
David Hadley explains the design process in this video walkthrough of a garden in Altrincham, Cheshire.
I’m going to go through a garden that we built a few years ago in Altrincham. This shows the garden beforehand – it had been trashed by the builders. It was not a massive space, but we really wanted to make the most of the area. This is the side path down past the new glass extension.
This is the project once we were underway. Everything has been cleared. We’re having a small decking area next to the glass building which copes with the level change and the water runoff required from the windows.
Then we’re laying the base material for the paving which is a Type 1 MOT on a geotextile fabric. This shows the flags being installed – they are Marshall’s sawn sandstone flags and we have to use a special lifter because they’re very heavy.
This is the finished result. You can see this is the wonderful new extension with massive glass doors. We have got a kitchen at the bottom of the shot here with barbecue and fridge and sink all plumbed in. And we have a seating area, which has a fire pit in the middle and a couple of umbrellas to keep the rain off and to keep the sun off.
Then we have some raised planters using matching Marshall’s Sawn Versuro Walling Stone and an artificial grass lawn, which is not to everyone’s taste, but it’s not a massive lawn and they wanted to use it for young kids to play on without getting messy. This shot shows the kitchen area really well.
The idea is for it to be the ‘outside in’ look. We’ve got a pizza oven here for using. This shows really well the lawn and the bar area that we’ve got with a granite work top and another view of the seating area. Practical seating for loads of people around there, which is great for if you’re having a party.
Here we’ve got this very modern fencing which has LED strip lights built into the fence. This shows the side garden with some benches built in. Then this is the front, a very traditional Victorian tiled pathway, which was a labour of love to install but really makes the front something special.
Then we’ve got a pathway across to the gravel driveway with some trees and box hedging, and new gates and new brickwork for the front of the house. That shows it all, thanks very much.
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