General Landscaping – Wanstead London E11
Designer: Julian Sandell
M & S Morris
Wanstead, London, E11
“We chose Julian after receiving several quotes for our patio, as we were impressed by his professionalism from his very first visit. We were not disappointed. Julian and his team pay a lot of attention to both preparation and the final aesthetics paying meticulous attention to detail. Julian was very knowledgeable in helping us choose materials and design and often went out of his way. Moreover he and his team are very tidy and considerate workers. We are absolutely thrilled with the results of his hard work. We cannot recommend him highly enough.”.
- 40m2 of Arctic Grey & Graphite Granite Paving
The General Landscaping Project
This was a fairly straightforward project in North East London, which involved removing the old surface and laying a new one. The old paving had just been laid on a base of sand which in turn had been laid on a brick and rubble hardcore layer filled inside a retaining wall on this built up terrace. This was of course a disaster waiting to happen and the entire terrace had begun to sag in the middle as natural settlement occurred.
The old surface and sand sub-base was removed and replaced with a 100mm layer of type 1 MOT hardcore which was compacted with a vibrating compactor plate. This will ensure that there is no future settlement and is the correct way to lay all paving. Whilst paving can be laid onto sand it is inherently weak and even in situations where subsidence will not occur, there is always a risk of movement which will eventually cause the pointing to crack and give purchase for weeds to start growing between the paving slabs.
The new granite paving was laid on a wet mix of sharp sand and cement. The two shades of sawn edged granite used in this project help to create both a clean contemporary look with virtually zero pointing, whilst perfectly complementing the shades and tones within both the clients chosen planting and the existing garden furniture. The two tones of granite also allowed the opportunity to create a decorative border, which accentuates the central area of the terrace where, an outside dining area can be created during the summer months.