If you follow me on social media, you may have noticed that the word “garden” has appeared more often than usual. The reason being that we’re currently having our garden landscaped to make it a more family-friendly place to be – to clarify, when I say family-friendly, I mean my family, not yours. I’m not planning on opening it up as somewhere you can visit at the weekend.
If you want to get up to speed, you can check out my previous post and vlog below which talks about what we’re planning for the garden.
On the assumption that you haven’t been totally turned off by by Monty Don-esque tweets / photos and decided to unfollow me, you may know that this building work kicked off on Tuesday. At the time of writing, this means that the landscape gardeners have completed their fourth full day on the job. The finish line isn’t quite in sight just yet, but we’re certainly part way through our renovation marathon.
The landscape gardeners have really cracked on with things this week. Concrete has been broken up, walls have been dismantled, turf has been dug up and the foundations of the decking have been put down. Toddler L and Dax have done a great job of standing at the back door supervising, whilst I think I’ve put in a solid shift making tea and coming up with garden-related sexual innuendos. My favourites so far include:
- The gardeners trimmed my bush
- The builders must really like their work as they’ve got wood
- I have men poking around in my rear
- The gardeners are helping with my erection in the garden
Rather than do an update each day – mainly because I can’t be arsed and you’re probably not *that* bothered – I’ve decided to roll the first four days of building work into this post. I’ll probably then do the same again with a subsequent post. First, let’s have a look at some before photos so that you’ve got something to compare against:
As you can see, the garden kind of does the job, but it’s hardly pretty, toddler-friendly or the best use of space. So, here’s what’s happened to our garden this week:
The work kicked off with more destruction, less construction as the gardeners were required to remove all of the existing concrete, bricks and other crap within the garden. As you step out of our bi-fold doors, you are greeted with a raised area of concrete, steps that head down to the garden and two large raised flower beds made from brick. All of this needed to be broken up prior to anything new being added.
This involved the landscape gardeners wielding sledgehammers and pneumatic drills in order to remove the vast amount of concrete and bricks. They also removed the majority of grass from the lawn as this is to be replaced with a lower decked area and new turf. The final change on Day 1 was our fences being painted black to provide a more contemporary feel to the garden. Oh, and the huge amount of rubble located in the bottom corner.
The second day of work saw a continuation of the previous in terms of breaking down the concrete and walls. It turned out that the steps and some of the concrete at the raised level had been reinforced, so this took longer than anticipated to remove, particularly as only one gardener was on site today.
Work also started on digging the footings for the posts that would begin to form the structure of the top level of decking and the fences were coated with a second layer of black paint.
On Thursday, we began to see our first glimpse of what the garden might look like as the builders assembled the timber frame for our top level of yellow balau decking. Although not the biggest space in the world, it will give us about 50% more space at this raised level compared to what we had previously – this is being achieved by building over where the flower bed used to be.
We’ve always loved the idea of being able to open our bi-fold doors onto a nice, decked top level so as to have a flowing inside and outside living space during the summer months. Seeing this come together with the timber frame is therefore pretty bloody exciting. Although the lower decked level will be for dining etc, I can see us relaxing on comfy seats on the top level, with a mojito in hand as Toddler L plays by our feet. Bliss.
The first large post was also put into place – this marks the point at where our new stairs would be created over the old ones. These posts will then be painted black to match the fencing and *should* create a really contemporary look alongside the yellow balau decking and wire balustrades. The gap to the right – in-between the decking fence – will have plants of some variety.
The last day of the week saw additional work to the top level of decking, as two additional posts were cemented into place and struts were added to the structure – I’m not sure if struts is the technical term, but we’ll call them that to make it sound like I know what I’m talking about.
Work also started on our lower level of decking as the timber frame for this was part assembled. This will also be made from yellow balau and be accessed via stairs from the top level. It will feature built in seating along the fence which will hide a drain cover and provide storage underneath (although plans for this need to be firmed up) and a planter in the gap between the kitchen wall and the decking.
So that’s the current progress of our garden landscaping work. I imagine that this time next week it will look vastly different as the rubbish in the garden will have been cleared, the decking and steps should be in place and potentially work started on other things like the new turf and shed with sedum roof.
Check back next week for an update. Or don’t. Whatevs.[jetpack_subscription_form subscribe_text=”Like what you’ve read? Want more? Pop in your email to get all of the latest posts.”]