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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 5:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's what I would have thought. I'll assume about 60cm to work out a cost. Still gonna be cheaper than a posh stone wall though.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ever think of using Gab-ions or building block wall and facing it with stone cladding galloping horse could not tell difference.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the idea of a ramp. It's different and could be made into a stunning entry into the garden and a major feature in itself. Make it S or C shape; don't stop at the bottom of the paving but carry on well into the lawn to reduce the gradient. Surface it with Resin Bonded Sand. Incorporate two low, wide (1 foot high, 2 feet wide) walls either side with inserts of soil. Make a crevice garden in the middle of these low walls for Alpines all the way down. Either side of your sinuous ramp put a few BIG pots on stands so that they stand out when you're walking down. You can make your own pots using a plastic dustbin as an interior mould. Plant ball shaped trees in them with 4' high stems. Make the ramp at least 6' wide.

In the section where you are taking out the bamboo (Remember to sell them because they're expensive for other people to buy in nurseries.) why not try Gorse. It still flowers its little yellow cotton socks off when it's trimmed hard, contrary to most other shrubs.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm not ruling anything out yet, and gabions, stone facings, ramps, crevice gardens etc are still in the idea-mix. I intend to develop several alternative proposals and evaluate them, in consultation with my wife, in terms of cost, practicality (construction, disruption, maintenance) and aesthetics.
In the end I'll probably use a decision-grid to aid the decision making process because it reduces the level of subjectivity involved.
Further ideas and suggestions are very welcome!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I see my funicular lift didn't get a mention in that list of things to be not ruled out, didn't even get in the list to be ruled out. By the way that invoice hasn't been paid yet!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Invoice? What invoice?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 10:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And don't forget the tip!!!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2015 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tip is closed. Don't know where the rubbish goes now.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ideas from Land-Works.co.uk.



Ideas from from Mount Hood Gardens.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 30, 2015 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are very interesting, KS, especially the second one, the way the alpines have been used with large-scale rocks. Very nice, thanks. More food for thought.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2015 9:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KS, I've just been reviewing this thread and I'd forgotten about these photos. Very effective, thanks, but did they rob the Giants' Causeway for those columns?😃😃

My reason for digging up the thread is that I have completed my design work and have made a drawing and shown it to a couple of builders, for quotes.
I'm happy that the new design will do what I want, linking the levels, and provide some visual continuity. It's also given me the opportunity to deal with several irritating shortcomings in the garden.

Basically, the scheme consists of three parallel ramps arranged like a letter 'S', with raised beds for alpines separating them. A new pergola will link the new work to the house and provide some much needed screening as one comes down the drive, so that not all of the garden is visible at once. I'll also get rid of an old shed, a bothersome bamboo hedge, an awkwardly positioned retaining wall and some ugly concrete hard standing. The area shaded by the house will be re-planted mainly with ferns. What's not to like?

I'm having some photo-synching problems at the moment. When I've them sorted I'll put together a few pictures outlining the design process.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good, Guy.

I like the "S" shaped ramp idea.

(You can borrow my van if you want to nip up to the Causeway and nick a few basalt columns for your garden. Smile

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:43 pm    Post subject: End of day 1 Reply with quote

The project started in earnest this morning, though yesterday I was busy moving/potting up vulnerable plants. (Hopefully my Japanese maple won't suffer and will prefer it's new location.) Lots of clearing and dismantling/skip-filling today and then trying to realise my concept on the ground with the builders measuring, marking out and establishing levels.
I knew it wasn't going to be simple but at times it was quite hard, trying to retain the authenticity of the concept while dealing with the practicalities of construction. And then trying to visualise the consequences of alternatives, in 3D, for real. I'm tired, and I wasn't even doing any physical work!
But it is exciting and I'm pleased with the day's work.



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to be good. Keep the photographs coming.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's has been an exciting few days for you.
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