Developing design in a rammed earth garden feature, the rammed earth water wall has been designed and created for a domestic client Newton Abbot, Devon.
I hope that the worst of the cold snap has passed us by now.....like you, I'm sure it slowed your works down too...any way onwards and upwards.
The 450x450 paving slabs have been cut in half and cut again to create a curved copping stone, the water pump has been installed and the cable threaded through the ducting, sufficient cable has been left in the sump for the cleaning of the pump when required, a scratch coat to the water sump was applied, the black pergola has been completed and painted, a capping stone to the water feature has been installed with the fall away from the face of the water feature, both raised planters have been filled with top soil, all top soil has been tested and is verified as PH 7 neutral.
The slate water outlet has been cut and bonded together, a hole has been bored for the flow of the water and sealed when secured in position, 6 tons of top soil has been levelled and rake prior to the turf installation, the new lawn will be proud of the perimeter edgings and paving for easy maintenance.
Two raised paving planters have been secured in place around the pergola posts,
Both planters either side of the rammed earth water feature have been topped up before the paving went down, both raised pergola planters are also topped up with topsoil, the clients exsisting plants have been removed from their pots and planted in the lower tier area, additional posts and fencing have been erected...not too high that it mars the view.
The final render coat to the water sump has been applied and sponge finished, top soil has been added to the lawn area to create a level lawn which ties in with the paving.
Road pins and string lines were placed around the paving to allow for the correct falls and levels, the patio paving has been installed on a full bed of mortar, SBR is applied to the underside of all paving units, the joints are a nominal 10mm.
All cuts around the pergola posts are carried out and the units installed as are the curved radius cuts to the stone walling, the finesse curved cut will be carried out with a diamond blade angle grinder once the mortar has gone off, but for now all the paving units are down, going off and scrubbed ready for pointing.
Clean paving, lets go home and enjoy valentines!