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.

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Patio with water feature

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Garden Walling,Duddingston

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Here,s a garden project we

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installed for a client in
Duddingston, Edinburgh.
We installed a raised bed
using Anstone walling,  and laid a sandstone paving path to front of the wall. We then installed a new lawn

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Garden project – before and after

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Here’s a picture of the project at the start.

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Project in progress.

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Project finished.

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Paving Edinburgh

Paving Edinburgh,  here,s a patio that we installed for a customer in Currie,  Edinburgh.  We used Marshalls Fairstone Paving to create a patio in random bond with mortar joints. We also installed a hardwood timber deck and  garden fencing with gate.

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Landscape Gardeners Edinburgh- Picture Gallery

landscape gardeners edinburgh- here is a picture gallery of recent landscaping work at www.garden-co.com or view our blog here

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Complete Garden Re-design

Garden Construction Co – Tel  07958995739. Here some photos of  a landscaping project in Barnton., Edinburgh . It was a complete garden re-design with decking, patio, pergola, turfing, herbaceous beds etc.

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Patio, Water Feature and Pergola

Here’s a Landscaping project we carried out for a client in Sciennes, Edinburgh. We removed the existing paved area and garden area and installed a Patio, Water Feature and Pergola with Trellis Fencing. View more of our work at deckingedinburghlandscaping.wordpress.com.

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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.



















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Patios Edinburgh

Patios in Edinburgh


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Sandstone paving in random bond, grey in colour to form patio with block paved edging.

We always use top-quality paving to suit the style that’s perfect for your garden.

We create our own bespoke designs, taking into account years of experience and the lay of your particular peice of land – like sunny spots, drainage and access to your home – to ensure you get a patio that’s exactly the way you want it.

There are a wide range of natural stone and concrete styles, colours and sizes to choose from. And we can fit them however you would like them.

Granite
Hard-wearing granite slabs are sawn cut and flame textured, giving them a rough, non-slip finish. The natural silver grey colouring creates a timeless look to last a lifetime.

Sandstone
Everest’s sandstone slabs are hand cut with a riven finish, and available with circular and octagonal motifs for an individual look. Available in a range of stunning colours including Fossil Mint, Sunset, Sunrise, Forest Glen, Sunset Flare and Mountain Mist. For an authentic aged look Everest also offer tumbled sandstone in Sunset, Forest Glen, Twilight and Fossil Mint.

Limestone
A popular and versatile paving slab, hand cut with a riven finish for a smooth sheen. Everest’s limestone patio slabs can include a circular motif and are available in a range of beautiful colour options including ocean spray, mystic sky and fern.

Travertine
Travertine slabs feature holes created by the hot springs in which they are naturally formed. Everest’s travertine slabs are sawn cut with a smooth finish and also tumbled. They are available in Coral Reef or Warm Mocha colour selections and can also include square features.

Slate
Hand cut with a riven finish and available in Olive Black or Oyster Shell colour selections, Everest’s slate patio slabs can also feature a circular motif for a sophisticated, personalised look.

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Garden Designers

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for a client in Edinburgh  requiring Garden Designers, sited just off Holyrood park- Designed And Build by Garden Construction Co. The customer had taken out the kitchen window and installed a large triple patio  doors to newly converted kitchen dining room. The area immediately to the back of the house was originally a brick retaining wall 1m from house wall and 1.2m high.We excavated the area by hand as it was inaccessable for a digger. We then constructed concrete block retaining walls with timber copings and cement rendered them , to be painted by client. After fitting the patio doors were fitted we created this deck design for Rachel to make full use if the space in conjunction with her new kitchen. The deck is fitted to the floor level of the kitchen and matches the colouring of internal floorboards an the deck boards run in the same direction as the kitchen floor boards to give the feeling of continuity giving the deck which also makes the kitchen seem bigger and the deck part of the room. With the patio doors open in the summer this area really does become a stylish outside room.The deck also reflects light back into the kitchen which is quite dark being East facing.

Timber Decking to patio doors with rendered walls and timber copings.

Timber Decking to patio doors with rendered walls and timber copings, redwood pine decking. garden-co.com

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timber decking with grooved non-slip surface.

Decking Edinburgh

The steps to upper terrace were constructed fom timber sleepers with stone paving inlays for treads.

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decking with pergola

Decking fitted here smooth side up.Most deck boards are reversable being grooved on one side and smooth on the other. This deck is well complimented by the planting scheme , rhodedendron to foreground ,and  bamboo to centre. the pergola adds height to the design and in this case we trained a damson fruit tree over the top of the framework to form a canopy to the deck area.The various pot plants such at the Acer “bloodgood” give interest to the timber decking and also soften the strong lines of the deckboards. Planting to the edge of the deck that spills over onto the boards such as the Geranium with the blue flowers to bottom right ” johnsons Blue” also serve the same purpose of softening the deck. A blue l.e.d. uplighter was fitted to the base of the pergola to illuminate the damson tree in the evening . The blue light gives the foliage  a lovely silvery appearance at night.

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Geranium ” Johnsons Blue”

Herbacious cranesbills , decked out from early-summer to autumn with lots of large flowers blue . It is a lovely plant that looks best when allowed to make a dense patch of  ground cover, with its mounds of elegantly divided leaves. A good plant for a cottage garden or informal border .

Geranium ‘Johnson’s Blue’

Geranium ” johnsons Blue”

 

Acer palmatum Bloodgood - One of the best purple-leaved Japanese maples.

Acer palmatum Bloodgood – One of the best purple-leaved Japanese maples. make sure you pick a good pot to really set the planting off. Remember – unglazed pots will crack in the frost.

 

BLOODGOOD JAPANESE MAPLE

Bloodgood Japanese Maple Acer palmatum var. atropurpureum ‘Bloodgood’, great foliage to contrast against green vegetation and makes a striking pot plant

 

 

 

 

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