It had been a long journey since the beginning of spring 2015 realizing that the planned kitchen upgrade was going to have to go on hold in order to fix the garden, but I couldn’t be happier with the end result. I’d had to tone down my plans of what I originally envisaged and was a little worried that I wasn’t going to be happy with the end results. None of this would have been possible without Andy Hobson who I was really lucky to find. As you can see from the photos, Andy did a fantastic job and was a pleasure to work with.
I am really pleased with the materials I used; the Indian Stone paving from London Stone; to my eyes it looks much nicer than obviously manufactured paving stones. I went with the Kandala Grey after much debating whether to go for a very dark stone but ultimately deciding against it. I can highly recommend them if you are looking for some paving. I found them via the fantastic pavingexpert.com which has a wealth of information on paving; they have probably forgotten more about paving than anyone else will ever know.
I ordered samples of artificial turf from several websites and despite them all sounding the same, when they arrived the ones from ATouchofGrass.co.uk were a noticeably better quality than the others. I went for the ‘El Classico’ which was very luxurious and deep yet soft as well. This was a bit of an unknown as I don’t know anyone who had artificial turf but I am really pleased I went with this. It works really well in the garden, there is virtually no maintenance (a quick brush a few times a year!) and has held up really well over two winters with no noticeable deterioration. The only way you can tell that it is artificial is that it simply looks too perfect to be real grass!
A lot of people roll their eyes when you talk about outdoor rooms. I can understand why. However our garden really has expanded our living space. My son is autistic and loves being out and about moving around. The artificial turf means he can take his toys outside in nice weather without getting mud everywhere! There’s a common conception that we only get a couple of week’s worth of nice weather every year but I suspect we’ll be spending a lot of time out in the garden now.