Before and After

A wonderful garden of raised beds made from brick and flint walls, near Lewknor in Oxfordshire. The paths and driveway were laid with a black tumbled slab.

Also an example of a massively increased driveway, created using brindle and charcoal block paving in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire. A 9 inch retaining brick wall was built to maintain the level, and the wall on the left was removed, to be replaced with a 5 foot close boarded fence. A sleeper bed was added to create texture and colour.

We can see a massive transformation where some stone flower beds have got a little overgrown, and the objective of the project was to design and create more entertaining space with less plant maintenance. The existing stone was used to good effect, being recycled in the retaining wall. New softwood sleepers edge the smaller bed to be planted. Raj Green tumbled sandstone was used for the patio, so as to blend the colours in with the Oxfordshire Stone of the house in Great Milton.

Our handmade tree houses can be made to fit almost and tree. In these pictures you can see two trees close together, creating two tree house platforms joined with a made to measure rope bridge near Bledlow Ridge. The timbers are treated for a minimum 15 year guarantee.

The rain brings out the lovely variance of colours in these Forest Glen natural sandstone slabs. They are complemented with a 4″x4″ sandstone edging sett. A raised sleeper bed was also constructed, and the lawn was graded and turfed at this newly built house in Chinnor, Oxon.

Raised brick beds were used to edge the sandstone patio here in Chalgrove. Brick lights were used in the brickwork to illuminate the patio at night, and cedar slatted panels were erected along the walls that border the road.

In Aston Rowant we took up the tarmac drive, increased the area, laid a firm base and spread Oxfordshire 20mm gravel. The drive was edged with granite setts. From the road, you drive down an avenue of Italian pencil cypress trees in sleeper beds, with bollard lights between each tree.

In Chinnor we took up old concrete slabs, edged the area with softwood sleepers and then laid Fossil Mint sandstone slabs. Construction of the steps included gravel for the tread areas.

The existing entertaining area here in Nuffield was some uneven, crumbling concrete. We increased the size, edged with sandstone pavers, constructed two sleeper beds and then landscaped the lawn leading up to it. The sandstone used was Forest Glen.

Outside the back door of this Marlow property was an unusable sloped area of grass. The door sill was also too high, so the easiest garden landscaping was to construct a raised timber platform area. Handrails with spindles keep the edges safe, and the decking was completed just in time for the BBQ season!

These pictures show the delicate construction of sandstone circles used 4” and 8” pavers as well as sandstone slabs. Following a garden design, this project complemented itself well next to the converted barn, near Thame.

The concrete driveway of this Princes Risborough property was damaged and tired, so we broke it all out, laid a firm base of scalpings and then spread 20mm Oxfordshire gravel. The drive is edged with concrete edgings at the side, and granite pavers at the roadside to retain the gravel.