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Garden wall rebuild, Brownsover

The original wall was a half brick thick wall with piers which was undermined by trees planted close to the wall causing it to topple over. The trees were removed and the wall completely taken down to the foundations. The foundations were reinforced and a new one brick thick wall was built in its place […]

The original wall was a half brick thick wall with piers which was undermined by trees planted close to the wall causing it to topple over.
The trees were removed and the wall completely taken down to the foundations. The foundations were reinforced and a new one brick thick wall was built in its place using blue engineering in the base, london tudor facing bricks in the main wall and topped with blue engineering bricks.

 

New patio, Brownsover, Rugby

The customer requested a patio with a step down to a lower patio.This was a challenge due to the materials having to come through the conservatory. The area was prepared with excess soil removed, a concrete foundation and a dwarf wall comprising of blue engineering bricks built. Sub-base hardcore was then brought in and compacted […]

The customer requested a patio with a step down to a lower patio.This was a challenge due to the materials having to come through the conservatory.
The area was prepared with excess soil removed, a concrete foundation and a dwarf wall comprising of blue engineering bricks built.
Sub-base hardcore was then brought in and compacted and the patio (consisting of indian sandstone slabs) laid on a wet sand and cement mix.
The joints in-between the slabs were then pointed with a stronger mortar mix.
Th finish off an additional step was built by the patio doors.

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Build new patio, Oakfield Road, Rugby

The customer requested the old patio to be lifted and replaced with a new one and extending it across the old garage slab base and incorporating new steps down to the lower garden and access to the rear doors of the house.Coto black slabs in various sizes were used. The old slabs were lifted and […]

The customer requested the old patio to be lifted and replaced with a new one and extending it across the old garage slab base and incorporating new steps down to the lower garden and access to the rear doors of the house.Coto black slabs in various sizes were used.

The old slabs were lifted and utilised as hardcore in the new steps; a dwarf wall was built to lift the patio levels to the correct height and hardcore sub-base was brought in and compacted.

The slabs were then laid in a random pattern on a wet sand and cement mix and pointed with a stronger mix.

The steps were then built using matching slabs to top them.Crushed slate was added to the border,the patio was then cleaned and jetwashed to give the finished effect.

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blockpaving and patio, Cawston, Rugby

The customer requested widening the blockpaving on both sides of the drive and front of the bay window and front door, lifting the old “council” type slabs at the side and rear of the house and laying indian sandstone in its place. The turf was initially lifted at front and rear, the old edgings and […]

The customer requested widening the blockpaving on both sides of the drive and front of the bay window and front door, lifting the old “council” type slabs at the side and rear of the house and laying indian sandstone in its place.

The turf was initially lifted at front and rear, the old edgings and slabs lifted and the ground dug down to the requiered lavels;
Sub-base hardcore was then laid and compacted and the blockpaving laid to front of the bay window, in front of the front door and upto the side gate.

The indian sandstone was laid using the 560mm x 560mm slabs on a full bed of a wet sand and cement mix for the main patio area and the larger 845mm x 560mm slabs laid by the side of the house and in front of the conservatory.
A step was then built in front of the patio doors incorporating blue engineering bricks topped with indian sandstone.
Tha joints were then pointed with a stronger mortar mix, then the excess cleaned off to give the final finished look.

 

conservatory concrete base, long lawford, Rugby

The area had to be cleared of existing rubble,a wall demolished, concrete floors broken up and dug down to the required levels to compacted soil. A retaining wall was built onto a newly laid foundation and hardcore was placed onto the base floor before being topped with sub-base hardcore and compacted. A layer of blinding […]

The area had to be cleared of existing rubble,a wall demolished, concrete floors broken up and dug down to the required levels to compacted soil. A retaining wall was built onto a newly laid foundation and hardcore was placed onto the base floor before being topped with sub-base hardcore and compacted.
A layer of blinding sand was then laid and compacted; ensuring the were no sharp edges particularly around the drainage pipes; and a DPM (damp proof membrane) was then laid on top.
Concrete was then poured and floated off to the desired level in anticipation of the new conservatory

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Replace old patio with new, Cawston, Rugby

The customer had a few slabs laid when the conservatory was built which suited the needs at the time, but was small and didn’t meet their full requirements. The old slabs were lifted and the grassed area dug out. As the height of the garden was higher than the patio, decorative concrete edgings were laid […]

The customer had a few slabs laid when the conservatory was built which suited the needs at the time, but was small and didn’t meet their full requirements.
The old slabs were lifted and the grassed area dug out.

As the height of the garden was higher than the patio, decorative concrete edgings were laid to hold back the soil and give a nice finish. Sub-base hardcore was brought in and compacted and indian sandstone in various sizes was laid on a wet sand and cement base.

The slabs were cut around the drains (after the largest drain was lowered to the height of the patio) and cut around the plants to the side. Gravel was laid in the gap between the end of the patio and the decorative edging to form a drainage channel for the rainwater.

Two steps were then built in red engineering bricks topped with indian sandstone slabs. The patio was then pointed with a stronger sand and cement mix and cleaned off to complete the look .

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corner of building rebuild and repoint, Rugby

As you can see from the before photos, the bottom left handside corner of the building was in a terrible state. This was due to a previous neghbour building a shed up against the customers house and due to no adequate drainage from the roof over a period of time the rain washed down the […]

As you can see from the before photos, the bottom left handside corner of the building was in a terrible state.
This was due to a previous neghbour building a shed up against the customers house and due to no adequate drainage from the roof over a period of time the rain washed down the walls and caused a freeze/thaw process onto the bricks.

This then eroded the bricks away until finally the building started to fall away.To remedy this the old bricks had to be carefully removed and the corner rebuilt.

Also when the neighbour had built the shed, he’d knocked out bricks so he couild tie in the floor joists of his shed. These too had to be replaced and made good along with other bricks that had perished over the years.

The joints of the entire wall were then ground out and the wall repointed, coping stones were also replaced and repointed

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Patio, Harborough magna

The customer requested a patio using saxon mocha slabs in various sizes laid in a random pattern with a curved edge. The ground was cleared and leveled, sub-base hardcore laid and compacted, a single course of blue engineering bricks laid onto a concrete foundation and the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mix […]

The customer requested a patio using saxon mocha slabs in various sizes laid in a random pattern with a curved edge.
The ground was cleared and leveled, sub-base hardcore laid and compacted, a single course of blue engineering bricks laid onto a concrete foundation and the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to the required shape.The joints inbetween the slabs are then pointed with a stronger mortar mix, cleaned off and the patio jetwashed.

The ground in front of the patio was then finished off with topsoil and seeded.

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Front Path: Dunchurch, Rugby

This pathway utilised solid blue bricks encased in concrete to form the solid outside of the path and random panel concrete driveway blocks for the infil laid on compacted sub-base hardcore, finished with decorative stone.

This pathway utilised solid blue bricks encased in concrete to form the solid outside of the path and random panel concrete driveway blocks for the infil laid on compacted sub-base hardcore, finished with decorative stone.

 

Front garden wall rebuild, Rugby

The old existing wall had collapsed and was in a bad state of repair. The wall was completely rebuilt putting in a dogleg and pier using tudor facing bricks topped with blue engineering bricks for the wall and a concrete capping for the pier

The old existing wall had collapsed and was in a bad state of repair.

The wall was completely rebuilt putting in a dogleg and pier using tudor facing bricks topped with blue engineering bricks for the wall and a concrete capping for the pier

 

patio, Hillmorton, Rugby

The customer wanted the old tarmac that was laid roughshed many years ago on top of concrete to be lifted and replaced bya patio and step. The Tarmac and concrete were lifted and removed to a skip, the ground prepared, leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted. The slabs were then laid on a wet […]

The customer wanted the old tarmac that was laid roughshed many years ago on top of concrete to be lifted and replaced bya patio and step.
The Tarmac and concrete were lifted and removed to a skip, the ground prepared, leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted.

The slabs were then laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to fit accordingly.

A step was then constructed using blue engineering bricks and slabs on top

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Patio, Overslade, Rugby

This was a challenging patio with regards to the logistics of moving materials, due to it being a split level patio build. As you can see from the before photos there was a considerable amount of work to be done. The foundations were dug out and ground prepared, a retaining wall was built on the […]

This was a challenging patio with regards to the logistics of moving materials, due to it being a split level patio build.
As you can see from the before photos there was a considerable amount of work to be done.
The foundations were dug out and ground prepared, a retaining wall was built on the top and bottom levels all round utilising 9 inch concrete blocks.
The ground was leveled and sub-base hardcore laid and compacted before the slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix and cut to suit.
You can see the results for yourself.

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New Build Fireplace: Near Princethorpe

This was a new build fireplace in a converted barn near Princethorpe. The fireplace itself utilised reclaimed bricks with reclaimed victorian floor tiles making up the hearth. The fireplace mantelpeice utilised solid oak beams with the chimney consisting of concrete blocks (plastered to the ceiling) upto the underside of the roof, with reclaimed bricks coming […]

This was a new build fireplace in a converted barn near Princethorpe. The fireplace itself utilised reclaimed bricks with reclaimed victorian floor tiles making up the hearth.
The fireplace mantelpeice utilised solid oak beams with the chimney consisting of concrete blocks (plastered to the ceiling) upto the underside of the roof, with reclaimed bricks coming out of the roof to form the new chimney.

 

Patio: Dunchurch, Rugby

This patio presented many problems in that the ground was frozen, the ground had to be dug out by hand due to digger being unable to access site; and access to the skips and materials were at the end of a long drive inaccessible to delivery or skip wagons.These problems were once again overcome with […]

This patio presented many problems in that the ground was frozen, the ground had to be dug out by hand due to digger being unable to access site; and access to the skips and materials were at the end of a long drive inaccessible to delivery or skip wagons.These problems were once again overcome with the customer delighted in the finished work.
The retaining wall and coping comprised of decorative walling blocks with the half circle patio section on two levels and the rest of the patio utilising random pattern mixed sizes decorative paving.
All paving was laid on a compacted sub-base hardcore and wet sand and cement mix.

 

Wall and pier rebuild, Harborough Magna

The wall and pier had been hit by a vehicle causing substantial damage. The damaged wall and pier were taken down and most of the bricks were cleaned off and re-used in the rebuild.

The wall and pier had been hit by a vehicle causing substantial damage. The damaged wall and pier were taken down and most of the bricks were cleaned off and re-used in the rebuild.

 

shed base and featheredge fence, Barby

As you can see from the before photos, there was a lot of garden waste to clear and bushes and trees to be trimmed back. After this was done, sub base hardcore was laid and compacted and slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix ready for the shed and the new green […]

As you can see from the before photos, there was a lot of garden waste to clear and bushes and trees to be trimmed back.
After this was done, sub base hardcore was laid and compacted and slabs were laid on a wet sand and cement mix ready for the shed and the new green house

The featheredge (closeboard) fence was erected on the opposite side of the garden after more trimming of trees to clear the ground.
The posts are usually below the fenceline, but the customer requested they be left proud so as to incorporate some security wire.

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Frost damaged brickwork, Rugby town center

The side of the house below the roof line had been subjected to the harsh weather with the winds, driving rain and the freeze/thaw eroding the brick faces,causing water to penetrate the walls and seep into the house and also causing damp. The loose brickwork was cleaned off, then painted with PVA and rendered. The […]

The side of the house below the roof line had been subjected to the harsh weather with the winds, driving rain and the freeze/thaw eroding the brick faces,causing water to penetrate the walls and seep into the house and also causing damp.
The loose brickwork was cleaned off, then painted with PVA and rendered. The render was then painted with waterprofing flexacryl to seal the brickwork

 

Featheredge fence, Rugby town center

The old fence had over the years deterioated and fallen it a state of disrepair. The remnants of the old fence were removed and a new fence erected utilising 5″ by 3″ tanalised fence posts with arris rails as bracing, 6″ gravel boards and featheredge close board panels. The garden sloped so the fence had […]

The old fence had over the years deterioated and fallen it a state of disrepair.
The remnants of the old fence were removed and a new fence erected utilising 5″ by 3″ tanalised fence posts with arris rails as bracing, 6″ gravel boards and featheredge close board panels.
The garden sloped so the fence had to step up to allow for this

Wall garden repair, Bilton, Rugby

As a common feature of wall gardens over a period of the time, the soil soaks up the rainwater which penetrates the brick and a freeze/thaw situation occurs. This systematically blows the face of the brick until eventually the whole brick disintegrates causing the wall to collapse. Early repairs will prevent the latter from happening […]

As a common feature of wall gardens over a period of the time, the soil soaks up the rainwater which penetrates the brick and a freeze/thaw situation occurs.
This systematically blows the face of the brick until eventually the whole brick disintegrates causing the wall to collapse.
Early repairs will prevent the latter from happening and bring the wall back to its former glory

Hence the old bricks were removed and the damamged wall was rebuilt as can be seen in the photos (the new bricks will obviously stand out for some time until they weather and blend in the existing bricks)

 

Bathroom floor tiling, Bilton, Rugby

As on all upper bathrooms with wooden floors due to movement; which could cause the tiles to crack; plywood should be laid first. In this instance a new product on the market called plastic ply was laid. This is slightly more expensive than wooden ply to lay, but as it is thinner and easier to […]

As on all upper bathrooms with wooden floors due to movement; which could cause the tiles to crack; plywood should be laid first. In this instance a new product on the market called plastic ply was laid. This is slightly more expensive than wooden ply to lay, but as it is thinner and easier to cut it keeps the finished floor level lower; thus it should be on a level par with carpets in the next room and hopefully prevent you from having to remove the bathroom door to plane the bottom so it can still shut.

The floor was first prepared with tile primer, the plastic ply then stuck to the floor and the tiles laid on a rapid-set floor adhesive cut to suit sround the toilet and sink.
The tiles were then grouted and cleaned to give the finished look.

 

New kitchen fitting; Rugby

We completely ripped out the old kitchen units, moved the sink and washing machine supply, pulled up the old lino and levelled the floor. The walls were reskimmed and we retiled the entire floor area before building in the new kitchen. The kitchen fit required a great deal of patience due to the walls unfortunately […]

We completely ripped out the old kitchen units, moved the sink and washing machine supply, pulled up the old lino and levelled the floor. The walls were reskimmed and we retiled the entire floor area before building in the new kitchen.

The kitchen fit required a great deal of patience due to the walls unfortunately not being square, which was nothing to do with the skills of the plasterer, but more so of the original builders not building the house square!
As you can see the kitchen was supplied and fitted to a high specification , and we can arrange a designer to talk through the design you require.

 

Pointing

This job required the joints to be fully raked out utilising a diamond tipped mortar raking blade, then repointed using the weather pointing or struck pointing method, leaving a neat finish, as seen. You will also note some of the bricks had to be replaced due to frost damage over the years; the old ones […]

This job required the joints to be fully raked out utilising a diamond tipped mortar raking blade, then repointed using the weather pointing or struck pointing method, leaving a neat finish, as seen.
You will also note some of the bricks had to be replaced due to frost damage over the years; the old ones are removed and replaced with new which dosent affect the structure of the building and giving the building a much nicer look.
A great deal of the older houses would benefit from this due to the fact the mortar between the bricks has been weathering away and dropping out over the years, thus leaving it susceptable to the elements causing possible damp and cold spots in the house.
Once pointed this should remedy these problems.

 

Featheredge Fence: Coventry

Levelled ground, supplied and erected featheredge fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels.

Levelled ground, supplied and erected featheredge fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels.

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Wall: Hillmorton, Rugby

New build wall with piers,supplied and fixed the front gate

New build wall with piers,supplied and fixed the front gate

 

Turf Laying: Overslade, Rugby

Removed old run-down turf, brought in topsoil and leveled, laid new premium rolawn turf

Removed old run-down turf, brought in topsoil and leveled, laid new premium rolawn turf

 

Fence and Shed Base

Customer required a shed base and fence with decorative panels. We levelled the area by back fence, removed any vegetation, brought in and leveled sub-base hardcore (standard in all patios and shed bases), and laid slabs on a wet sand and cement mortar base (standard on all patios and shed bases) The fence was erected […]

Customer required a shed base and fence with decorative panels. We levelled the area by back fence, removed any vegetation, brought in and leveled sub-base hardcore (standard in all patios and shed bases), and laid slabs on a wet sand and cement mortar base (standard on all patios and shed bases)
The fence was erected using concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and decorative fence panels

 

Rendering Retaining Wall and Jet Washing Patio

This is a job we did for a customer in Hillmorton, Rugby. They had an old untidy garden wall which needed some work to improve its appearance. They also wanted the step up onto the raised patio to be replaced with two steps to make it safer and the paving slabs jet-washed. We rendered the […]

This is a job we did for a customer in Hillmorton, Rugby. They had an old untidy garden wall which needed some work to improve its appearance. They also wanted the step up onto the raised patio to be replaced with two steps to make it safer and the paving slabs jet-washed.

We rendered the wall and added coping stones, built new steps and jet-washed the paving. You can see the results for yourself.

 

Building Supports

The customer required four pillars built all the same height exactly (which would be filled with concrete); in prepartion for a steel girder subframe to be placed upon it; so that a large wooden framed building could be supported as an office. The job presented many complications in that all materials had to be bought […]

The customer required four pillars built all the same height exactly (which would be filled with concrete); in prepartion for a steel girder subframe to be placed upon it; so that a large wooden framed building could be supported as an office.
The job presented many complications in that all materials had to be bought down many flights of steep stairs leading to the rear garden and that all pillars were all at the exact height; which was achieved, for a very satisfied customer

 

Re-Lay Patio: Bilton, Rugby

This patio had to be completely lifted, leveled and relaid to the customers specifications around the raised decking veranda. Access to the site was difficult but with hard work and thought this was achieved. The base is compacted sub-base hardcore with the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mortar mix

This patio had to be completely lifted, leveled and relaid to the customers specifications around the raised decking veranda.
Access to the site was difficult but with hard work and thought this was achieved. The base is compacted sub-base hardcore with the slabs laid on a wet sand and cement mortar mix

 

Garden Before and After

As you can see the garden was a bomb site. The garden at this stage had had all the trees cut down and removed (previously you couldn’t see the bottom of the garden). We leveled the site removing all the tree roots and filling no less than four skips with waste (if you notice from […]

As you can see the garden was a bomb site. The garden at this stage had had all the trees cut down and removed (previously you couldn’t see the bottom of the garden).
We leveled the site removing all the tree roots and filling no less than four skips with waste (if you notice from one of the after photos the wall at bottom of the garden; you will see the stain of where the height of the pile of rubbish and soil used to be)

The garden was then seeded and a new fence was erected in the gap on the right-handside utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels)

 

Wall and Patio: Brownsover, Rugby

The area to the right of the conservatory had to be excavated and removed through a narrow and awkward entrance to the rear garden. The double brick retaining wall (which went around the corner) was built using reclaimed bricks and the joints raked out for effect. The walkway was inlaid with compacted sub-base hardcore and […]

The area to the right of the conservatory had to be excavated and removed through a narrow and awkward entrance to the rear garden. The double brick retaining wall (which went around the corner) was built using reclaimed bricks and the joints raked out for effect.
The walkway was inlaid with compacted sub-base hardcore and the reclaimed victorian floor tiles laid on a wet sand and cement mortar mix

 

Wall and Patio: Local Rugby Farm

This job was built for a local farmer and his family. The brickwall and patio was built to complete the rear garden of the second family home on site. The walkway was constructed to give a pleasant walk to the tennis court completed with a patio area around the summer house All slabs were laid […]

This job was built for a local farmer and his family. The brickwall and patio was built to complete the rear garden of the second family home on site.
The walkway was constructed to give a pleasant walk to the tennis court completed with a patio area around the summer house
All slabs were laid on compacted sub-base and a wet sand and cement mortar mix

 

Wall: Grosvenor Road, Rugby

This was a new build wall for the front garden utilising blue engineering bricks incorporating 3 brick pillars and building steel railings into the structure, completeing the work with pier cappings

This was a new build wall for the front garden utilising blue engineering bricks incorporating
3 brick pillars and building steel railings into the structure, completeing the work with pier cappings

 

Step and Patio: Brownsover, Rugby

This was a new build patio incorporating a large step to ease walking down to the garden from the rear and side of the house. It was laid on compacted sub-base and a wet sand and cement mix with a small supporting wall with another step down to the lawn

This was a new build patio incorporating a large step to ease walking down to the garden from the rear and side of the house. It was laid on compacted sub-base and a wet sand and cement mix with a small supporting wall with another step down to the lawn

 

Re-Lay Patio: Dunchurch, Rugby

This proved to be the challenge of the year with a rear garden of a 1st floor flat backing onto a ground floor shop.The slabs had to be lifted, cleaned off and stacked away from area, the ground leveled with all the excess soil placed up on the raised flower bed (then leveled) held back […]

This proved to be the challenge of the year with a rear garden of a 1st floor flat backing onto a ground floor shop.The slabs had to be lifted, cleaned off and stacked away from area, the ground leveled with all the excess soil placed up on the raised flower bed (then leveled) held back with newly inserted sleepers bolted to the floor.

The materials had to be bought in down a narrow passageway promptly to leave the pathway clear at the front of the shop.
The slabs were re-laid on compacted sub-base and a wet sand and cement mortar base; and the raised flower bed was covered with weed suppressant membrane and covered in 20mm gravel.

The old sewer drain; which had not been correctly sealed in the past; collapsed; but after quick intervention was correctly sealed and made good.

 

Patio and Welsh Stone: Hillmorton, Rugby

This was a patio that when the summer monsoon made its usual appearance, made the excavating with the mini-digger a challenge. However all the water problems were overcome (much to the delight of the customer) and the slabs were complemented with a glistening welsh green stone in the center. The front garden was later levelled […]

This was a patio that when the summer monsoon made its usual appearance, made the excavating with the mini-digger a challenge.
However all the water problems were overcome (much to the delight of the customer) and the slabs were complemented with a glistening welsh green stone in the center. The front garden was later levelled and wesh green stone laid making the customer the envy of the neighbourhood!
All slabs were laid on compacted sub-base hardcore and a wet sand and cement wet mix as standard

 

Patio and Pond: New Bilton, Rugby

The before photo dosent do the garden justice…it was much worse! The garden was cleared of undergrowth, levelled and inlaid with compacted sub-base hardcore. Slabs were laid down to and around the pond on a wet sand and cement mix and a new fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels […]

The before photo dosent do the garden justice…it was much worse!
The garden was cleared of undergrowth, levelled and inlaid with compacted sub-base hardcore.
Slabs were laid down to and around the pond on a wet sand and cement mix and a new fence utilising concrete slotted posts, concrete gravel boards and featheredge fence panels was erected.
The sides were then covered with weed suppresant membrane and covered with bark mulch
The side alleygator gate had to be taken down daily for access, but once again any problem or obsticle was overcome

 

Patio: Overslade, Rugby

The area was excavated, the ground leveled and a compacted sub-base hardcore laid. The retaining wall utilised concrete blocks and the slabs were laid on a wet sand and cenment mix

The area was excavated, the ground leveled and a compacted sub-base hardcore laid. The retaining wall utilised concrete blocks and the slabs were laid on a wet sand and cenment mix

 

Lawn using Rolawn Premium Turf

This garden originally had 20mm gravel inlaid. This was removed, topsoil brought in and premium rolawn turf laid to leave a pleasant rear garden

This garden originally had 20mm gravel inlaid. This was removed, topsoil brought in and premium rolawn turf laid to leave a pleasant rear garden