09 Oct 2016
The remit for this commercial project at The Cavendish Hotel in Bournemouth was to create more space around the sides and rear of the building with paving slabs. The space to the rear was excavated to provide a private, sun lounger patio level with the back door which was surrounded by a retaining wall of timber sleepers.
The timber sleepers were also used to wall the entire pathway and extended next to the patio to create large planting boxes with pygmy palm trees planted along the edge. Steps to the side path and lawn area were also built using sleepers and paving slabs to provide easy and convenient access to all areas of the grounds.
The old lattice and concrete panels used to divide the garden were removed to open up the grounds into an open plan format and provide more space.
The customer wanted to replace the ‘ugly’ tarmac parking space in front of their house which had sunken in places and was starting to break up with block paving and a slab section marking the area under the covered door approach. The block paving was also to provide better run-off of surface water to the drainage channel and prevent the large puddles that used to occur with the old driveway.
In the back garden they wanted a unique design of mainly hard landscaping to keep the maintenance to a minimum but with enough space left for planted borders to provide a summer time flora bloom.