New patio and artificial grass
This project at a newish build in Park Gate required the existing patio to be replaced and enlarged to accomodate a large table and chairs with room for grandchildren to play. The paving was basic and the customers wanted something with a bit more life to it.
The lawn was in poor condition and suffered from drainage issues which left in very soggy whenever it rained. Maintenance was als becoming more of an issue so reducing this was a prime requirement.
The exisitng garden appeared quite plain and a request was made to add a simple curve to the patio to make the garden a little softer in appearance.
A large step has been added up to the patio doors to make access from the house much easire. The step is edged with brick to make the feature more visible from the top.
Also visible in this picture is the narrow linear drain that has been added to remove rainwater from the patio. This helps the drainage in the rest of the garden which was very poor due to the compacted hardcore just below the surface.
The patio has been laid using Bronte sandstone paving in a random rectangular pattern. The slabs are laid onto a full mortar bed over a substantial scalpings base. A geotextile membrane is installed below the base to prevent the base settling into the soil below. The paving joints are filled with a buff jointing compound.
Timber edging is being installed to provid a solid fixing strip for the artificial grass.
The patio is edged with bricks that match the step as this is a neater finish to a paving slab curve. A contrasting edge also helps define the extent of the patio.
The artificial grass has been laid over a scalpings base with granite dust used to creat a smooth flat surface. The grass arrived in three strips due to the awkward size of the garden so there are two joins included in this lawn.