We joined this project mid-way through the build of a large extension, which included extending the height and extent of the basement. A paved seating area was required to give a sheltered and private space within an overlooked garden.
Providing plenty of space for planting would ensure that all the retaining walls and hard paving would still feel like a garden. Wide and deep steps with a gentle rise provide an easy route to the lawn and the rest of the garden.
This was a technically difficult job to complete, not only removing very large amounts of spoil in a restricted area but also keeping good access to the site when we needed to excavate for concrete foundations in the side passage, which was our access! We accomplished this by means of a scaffold ‘bridge’ allowing access to the site on top, and access to dig the foundations below.
The stone is sawn grey sandstone from Silverland Stone, with 40mm thick full bull-nosed steps and copings. Rendered blockwork is painted white and punctuated with concealed spotlights. We also planned and planted all the beds and laid a new turf lawn.