Just look at the detailing in that wall, with it's natural stone seat!
Next is a view of the complete garden, in "The English Lake District", but before we move on (if you are getting overwelmed by the size of these projects) I would like to point out that most of the gardens that we work in are of a "normal" size, so yes, we do small garden projects too, every week and all over the country...it's just that these large projects have large walls and patio's which make them easier to see the detail, so just think smaller for your own garden...
The wall and seat in the previous image is in the back wall.
In this garden we have used lots of different types of natural stone (which you would expect in an area of England, that is famous for it's slate) which come together to give a timeless feel.
We have the walling that you just saw, but as I designed this as a "Sunken Garden", huge amounts of walling stone had to be sourced and built to retain the sides of the hole of the garden.
Every piece of stone that you see here was picked, one piece at a time, to make sure that they were of the correct scale for the walls, that's how much trouble we go to ensure a perfect result!
The steps, the cappings to the walls and the edging to the "FORMAL STAG POND"...are all in cut slate slabs.
Here, you can see the scale of the walls. And in the distance you can see the semi-circular bench.
This was just a rough and uneven old lawn before we dug it out.
Obviously a garden such as this with so much detail is enormously expensive, as it is so labour intensive, but what we are building here on this scale, with these construction methods...is being built to last 100 years!
But it's also being built so that it will look, in a few years time, when the moss and lichens grow, that it belongs to the house and the landscape, and was built decades ago!
Here you can see the depth of the "hole" that had to be reatined with natural stone walling, that you saw in the previous two images.
All levelled, foundations in and you can just about see the spray markings on the ground. And being a very precise FORMAL GARDEN all of the borders and paths have to be identical...
Whilst on the subject of "timeless"...how would you like us to build you a back in time "Summerhouse".
It took weeks to find these pieces of stone, picking through 100's of tons of ordinary stone, to find pieces that would split and most importantly...pieces that look old instantly.
Next I'll show you an outside view...
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Dug out of the bank. We obviously designed it, and sourced the stone to make it look very old, but underneath that beautiful natural stone (which by the way, you could never buy ready picked stone like this to build with, in a bulk bag) it has the massive foundation slab...built to last 100's of years.
All traditional wood, handmade doors, but with double glazing and a wood burner...what bliss on a cold Lakeland day!!!
Attention to detail!
Exactly as the craftsmen would have built it 100's of years ago, from "found" material that would have been there for the taking...
And...if you haven't got a lake to sit it on, we can do that too!!!
Next is what the space looked like before we dug it out, and way, way before we dug the Summer House into the bank, before you move on, to get your bearing make a note of the grassy sloping hill in the background......
And that's the same grassy hill in the background.
Ok...back to "Natural Stone Walling" and it's uses. Next I will take you to the Isle of Jersey. To see how we used a totally different natural stone on another glorious project.
Granite blocks cut at a stoneworks as granite is much too hard for us to cut so precisely on site...