Landscaping on a Marshalls kitchen garden

An insight to the daily life of a garden design and landscaping build up on a rear garden located in Cullompton, Exeter, Devon.

Day 8

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Coffee.

Marshalls exterior kitchen

Marshalls exterior kitchen

The main feed of armoured cable is fed into the right hand side storage cupboard, all the electrical fittings and connections will be hid in this storage space.

The 225x100mm lintels are installed and plumb, these lintels will carry the load of the work surface.

I will build the open storage space slightly smaller but not until I have scratch coated and rendered the internals to the cupboards, for reflection purposes I will paint the inside white.

Landscaping feature walling recess

Landscaping feature walling recess

The electrical cable is fed through the ducting and I create evenly spaced loops with the cable, on this occasion, my spacings are 650mm within a 2600mm wide recess.

All three recess feature walls will have the same openings, the lintels are bedded down plumb and level giving me even heights of 660mm at each end, I'm square and parallel.

Garden light sockets

Garden light sockets

For each stainless steel Gu10 up-lighter I create a 200mm wide opening for the lighting and below fittings to be housed, because the cables are now inserted I cant bore down at a later date with a core bit drill at the correct diameter for the lighting product, I'd tear the cable to shreds.

Landscape kitchen garden bespoke wall 

Landscape kitchen garden bespoke wall

As I mentioned earlier, all three walling recesses are the exact same size, however, the governing opening recess is the kitchen opening seen left of image.

The opening to the exterior kitchen area has been constructed around the height of the client, the distance from the finished composite decking height to the clients eyes are were measured for the opening size, as was the distance from decking to waist height for the work surface. Bespoke gardens landscaped around you.

Raised seating area footings

Raised seating concrete footings

The team mix and pour the final concrete footings for the feature garden wall, I have risen the footing levels by two courses of block or 215mm. Again the same procedures will occur with the rotating laser level, levelling and tamping.

This footing will be layered with Hessian for thermal coverings even though the temperature is no where near three degrees and falling, best to be safe than sorry at this time of year.

Tomorrows blog:

Garden construction and landscape build.

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10 hours ago
John F replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"There does not look to be any obstacles hindering your access Gary I reckon you will get the cutting job done in a morning  
Clearing up looks straightforward if it lands on the patio . 
There will be some volume of brash to handle Billybops…"
15 hours ago
Peter sellers replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Could not agree more, far too cheap."
15 hours ago
Billybop replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"problem with the hourly rate, being the customer doesn't know how fast you work, nor any idea how long it's likely to take"
16 hours ago
Adam Woods replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"THere is a lot of waste to get rid of there - another route maybe a light trim now (so that they can enjoy their garden, and the birds are not evicted), then return when the birds are finished to take it back further, mind you not sure how the…"
16 hours ago
Billybop replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"From other items in the photos looks like a family with young kids, so likely either renting or trying to pay big mortgage. I would have given the cheaper option of having the hedge done and clippings uncollected so they could either clear up…"
16 hours ago
robert pryor replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"I’d charge an hourly rate some you don’t come unstuck.
Assume youre clearing up and taking away? That usually takes longer than the actual cutting"
16 hours ago
Clive replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Miles too cheap, But if you're happy with that for a hard days graft... 
I hope that didn't include Green waste removal as well? "
16 hours ago
Neil Darby replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Gary. You can come & do all of my clients hedges for £270 !! Growth by Sept. will be twice as long, you will be cutting back & leaving lots of brown, dead patches. I would of said a day's labour plus debris, so around £350 right now, not Sept."
17 hours ago
John F replied to Mjc's discussion Robust hedge cutter.
"Are you propping a ladder against the hedge ?  You will be too close to the job and it's unstable. 
I generally use use a henchman or tripod ladder set back from the hedge which I find easier to determine the required height the hedge needs to be…"
20 hours ago
John F replied to Mjc's discussion Robust hedge cutter.
"Awkward in what way Martin ? "
21 hours ago
Mjc posted a discussion
Hi, I use a echo long reach hedge cutter which is great, but awkward to use when up ladders cutting the top of a hedge. I need another machine, not long reach, which will also cope with heavy work when doing hedge reductions. What would you…
yesterday
Mjc replied to Rob's discussion Petrol or electric?
"Can't comment on battery kit but if using petrol another vote for echo hca236 long reach. Really well made, my old husqvarna felt like a toy in comparison. "
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Gary Etherington replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"I have quoted £270 in September and she was happy with that, also very happy to leave it due to nesting season, thanks for the replies everyone "
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Maintaining the expansive grounds of Repton School requires precision, efficiency, and innovation.For Andrew Butler, Head of Grounds and Gardens, and his team, the introduction of the Etesia Hydro 80 ride-on mower has not only streamlined operations…
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John F replied to Gary Etherington's discussion Hedge cutting
"Gary if you need to leave it until September then allow for any extra growth . 
Personally always conscious of birds nests and you have difficulty checking so many customers generally say there are no birds nests here because the overgrown hedge is…"
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Robust hedge cutter.

Hi, I use a echo long reach hedge cutter which is great, but awkward to use when up ladders cutting the top of a hedge. I need another machine, not long reach, which will also cope with heavy work when doing hedge reductions. What would you…

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Petrol or electric?

I have been running stihl  AP battery range tools for about 5 years now, and was told back then they were more powerful than the  petrol equivilents, but is this still true?Mainly in regards to the hedge trimmers and strimmers.Thanks

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