Working within strict budget constraints, the brief on this premium property in West Lancashire was as follows.
Utilising a range of Landscaping elements using reclaimed or re-cycling existing materials where possible and a directive to upkeep the heritage of the Georgian period, we were tasked to:-
The top surface dressing, we opted for a product called "drivedash" a bitumen semi-bonded stone surfacing system which gives a feel and appearance suited to heritage and older properties.
It can be laid over new or existing tarmac or concrete surfaces. It provides a gravel driveway without the normal associated disadvantages.
The existing driveway was looking tired having layers of tarmac added randomly through the preceding years. The resulting appearance, an uneven surface which undulated, causing water to pool and was in need of renovation.
However the base was structurally sound. The area of extension was a waste land at the same level as the raised garden area. The extended area was excavated 200-250mm below desired surface layer and a compacted base installed.
We scraped of the surface course of the existing tarmac and laid a dense base course of tarmac over the whole area providing a level binding area for the top surface dressing.
Using a primer and binder, heritage golden gravel was applied completing the rejuvenation.
Reclaimed granite cobbles were laid at both entrances to compound the authenticity of the property.
Porch area and paving as border to front of house.
Replaced old broken flags with an antique looking sandstone
Originally the existing wall consisted of a single skin of bricks heaped together and was insufficient to retain the considerable weight from the raised area. It was structural requirement that we rebuilt this with a second inner skin of block work to provide the required strength and also with the wall extension to driveway to withhold the raised bank to the rear. Again reclaimed bricks were used to give age and additional features of corner piers and old fashioned seep holes incorporated. Steps up to the upper level were built re-using two original gate corner stones, discovered on site, either side of entrance for added effect.
The wall running parallel to the house was rebuild recycling various stone materials found on site coped with thick old sandstone flags.
With a traditional symmetrical Georgian design planned for the raised area, we were tasked to build promenade or circuit walk. We used calibrated sandstone, a more affordable alternative to yorkstone.
We used a combination of grey and raj green to give a subtle effect and edged with reclaimed brick.
In one corner, which receives the most hours of sun light, we incorporated a terrace area into the design, set back into existing planted area, again re-using existing stone.
The promenade falls down toward the drive. And shallow steps were included, built out of old stone to tie into the stone wall.