Patio in Barnton, Edinburgh

– here’s some pictures of our latest project in Barnton, Edinburgh. Showing a terraced patio constructed from sandstone paving in random bond, with a spherical stone water feature.


Landscape Gardeners Edinburgh

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Landscape Gardeners Edinburgh

Landscape Gardeners Edinburgh

Patio with water feature

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Good Paving Guide

Good paving can look stunningly good and really enhance your garden. Here is our short guide to choosing the best paving: the good paving guide.

Paving guide: Why choose a professional?

There will often be smaller paving jobs that the experienced DIY enthusiast can happily have a go at but when it comes to a serious project you should find a good professional. An experienced paving contractor will have access to all the specialised tools and heavy equipment that may be required as well as having the experience and knowledge to foresee any difficulties that might come up during the job. Also, a contractor will know all local council regulations and planning laws, and be able to guide you to the best materials at the best prices.

Paving guide: Which materials to use?

There is a wide range of paving materials you can choose from and the best is not necessarily the most expensive. The most important consideration is how you intend to use the paved area. A driveway intended for everyday heavy traffic will require different materials from a simple decorative garden path.

Another factor in the cost of your project is how long the material you choose will last. Some materials have a low initial cost but require a lot of re-installation and can therefore have a higher cost over the lifetime of your garden than a material which is initially more expensive but also more durable.

Paving guide: How is paving done?

There is a hidden complexity to paving, below the surface all paving is made up of layers, which give it stability and strength. To give you an idea of what the contractor will be doing here is how those layers are created:

  • Digging: First, the area that is prepared will have to be prepared.
  • Geo-sheet: A geo-sheet is a man-made separation membrane which is installed between the now bare earth and the next layer. This is particularly important if the earth is soft.
  • Sub-base: Next the sub-base is added. This is important, as it is the main load-bearing layer. The sub-base will consist of crushed rock and sand and sometimes cement or tar is added.
  • Bedding Layer: Then some more sand is added for the paving blocks to settle on.
  • Paving Layer: The top layer, the one you will see.
  • Sealing: Finally to complete the project fine sand is brushed over the paving material to seal the joints. It is later compacted.

Paving guide: Paving materials

Here’s where we need to focus our creativity. There are many options but one important one is whether to go for either man-made or natural paving. Of the man-made materials tarmac is an obvious candidate but it is also worth noting that there is a wide range of durable concrete-based materials available, some quite attractively patterned.

Here are some of the best natural paving materials:

  • Bark: A cheap and cheerful option as bark is readily available at most garden centres. Whilst not being suitable for a heavily used driveway as it will need regular ‘topping up’ it is much more suited for garden pathways because of its woody, natural look and for children’s play areas because it is soft and therefore good landing material.
  • Gravel: Gravel can come in a surprising range of sizes, styles and colours. Although it is relatively cheap is can be used in garden pathways and even driveways if properly installed with good drainage and a firm concrete foundation. Gravel paving may need occasional weeding in the summer.
  • Cubes: Cubes and setts, cobbles and cobblestones are interchangeable terms depending on your location. There’s a whole range of regional terms, too, such as “Cassies” or “Nidgers” in Scotland, and “Belgian Block” in some strange places in southern England. These blocks of natural stone are available in a huge array of colours and finishes. They have proven durability in that paving created by the Romans using these materials can still be found in use today. A more expensive option due to both the cost of the material and the high level of workmanship involved.
  • Flagstones or Flags: Flat natural stone, usually Slate, Granite and Yorkstone can look really impressive when laid expertly, but it is very labour-intensive and thus expensive. As with setts, price increases if you choose imported stone. Besides the many stone types, some suppliers also offer a variety of textured finishes, a safety consideration if the pavement is to be used for walking. Some stone types are better suited to heavy vehicular traffic than others, so ask your contractor or supplier.
  • Cobblestones: Large, rounded river pebbles. Can be uncomfortable to walk on, so it is often used as a deterrent paving to discourage pedestrians. Moderately priced and virtually maintenance-free, cobblestones can be used in driveways, if carefully laid. Not really suited for garden pathways because they can be slippery, cobblestones can, however, make an attractive border for ponds and other garden features.

Paving guide: Paving pitfalls

Getting paving right can be surprisingly difficult. Here are some potential problems that an experienced contractor can help you avoid:

  • Size: it is as easy to make a paved area too small – or too large.
  • Supply: most of the paving materials sold in garden centres are unfortunately pretty awful. An experienced contractor will know exactly where to get the best materials at the best prices.
  • Design: sometimes it is best to align a path on the most direct route (the ‘desire line’); other times it is best to take a more leisurely amble.

A little time and effort spent choosing the right paving contractor will ensure your paving project runs smoothly and within budget.

The Garden Construction company are a landscaping company that have many years experience and offer a comprehensive range of paving solutions throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Perthshire.

Whatever the size of your project we’d love to talk to you about your ideas, call us today, freephone on 0800 328 6458 for a free consultation and quote. We are friendly, honest and very good at what we do.

How to Choose a Landscape Gardener

Choosing a professional landscape gardeners for your landscaping, garden design and build projects is an important decision and one you’ll be glad when you get right.

A professional, experienced landscape gardener can take most of the hassle out of the design and build of your garden so you get real peace of mind knowing that your outside space will grow and develop in the way that is best for you. A little time and effort spent now will yield a great deal of pleasure for many years to come.

How to choose a landscape gardener

Experience – Gardens are as unique as their owners so you should choose a landscaper who has the confidence and experience to deal with whatever they might find in your garden. Your landscape gardener needs to be able to interpret your ideas and find the best way to achieve them in your garden.

Communication – The most successful projects always have good clear communication, so make sure you get involved with your landscape gardener right from the start. Always let them know how you feel about what they are proposing.

Case studies – ask to see examples of their work. Any good landscaper will be proud of their work and they will probably have loads of photos or even a video for you to look at. Although looking at images can give you some idea of someone’s work they can never do full justice to beautiful landscaping and design. A good way to start is by looking around and finding landscape designs that you love. Choose neighbourhoods that tend toward the style you desire.

Testimonials – it’s always a good idea to get as many testimonials from some of their past customers as you can.

Quote – Make sure the garden landscaper puts their quote in writing on official headed paper showing a postal address and full contact details.

A little time and effort spent choosing the right garden landscaping company will ensure your garden project runs smoothly and within budget.

The Garden Construction company are a landscaping company that have many years experience and offer a comprehensive range of landscape gardening throughout Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife and Perthshire.

Whatever the size of your project we’d love to talk to you about your ideas, call us today, freephone on 0800 328 6458 for a free consultation and quote. We are friendly, honest and very good at what we do.

Driveways Edinburgh

driveways edinburgh

Driveways Edinburgh

Driveways Edinburgh

Edinburgh Driveways

E-Entertainment LabHere is  a block paved driveway in Colinton, Edinburgh using Marshalls Tegula which give the appearance of stone setts although they are concrete. The advantages from stone is that it costs less buy, labour costs for installation are much reduced, the surface is flat and durable and is easy to clean and maintain.

The Garden Construction Company have been installing Driveways for 20 years and you can be assured of a perfect and long lasting drive.We offer a broad range of paving products as we are an independant company. We can also install any associated landscaping to your drive as we offer a comrehensive landscape gardeners service

Well this used to be Jimmy Boyles front garden to his house in the Inverleith area of Edinburgh
The new owners asked us to turf over the previously gravelled area, plant a privet hedge to the boundary wall and hebe rakiensis at path.

For a free, no obligation quote, call David freephone on 0800 328 6458, or

Fencing Edinburgh


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fencing edinburgh

fencing edinburgh

Garden Fencing Edinburgh- this fence was installed at the Hermitage, Edinburgh. The syle of fencing is slatted boards 100mm wide fixed onto rails secured to 100mm posts which are concreted into the ground 600mm deep.

The slats are fitted to both sides of the rail and are offset to allow wind to pass through the fence. This serves two purposes – reducing wind turbulance to lea side of fence and reducing wind strain on the fence. It also looks good!

All the timbers are fsc sourced and treated.

Call David on 0800 3286458 or for a free no obigation quote.