Gaudi mosaic bench

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The brief was to change a play-garden for children into a space for adults and teens to relaxing/ entertain. This was a self-build project and I've been worked alongside the homeowners for almost three years as they develop their garden in stages. Self-build and staged delivery are two of the unique services I offer as part of my flexible process. Features include two low-maintenance shrub/ perennial beds (one gold/ purple, the other magenta/ silver), a sunbathing lawn and small 'grow your own' area. The showpiece is a 6m curved concrete bench, with a mosaic designed and laid by me... and the family.

 

INNOVATION: Complex curved shuttering used for concrete-pour, to make the bench.

Click here for mood board and planting plan.

Mosaic bench
Mosaic bench

Complex shape built with shuttering, and poured concrete.

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Social curves
Social curves

Bench curves around a table/ firepit.

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Retaining wall
Retaining wall

Bench tapers to become retaining wall for flower bed.

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A garden path
A garden path

Paths are made with resin bonded aggregate (Sureset)

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Spring plants
Spring plants

Low maintenance gravel: moisture stays in weeds stay out.

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Purple & gold theme
Purple & gold theme

Plants are drought tolerant and good for pollinators.

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Mosaic design
Mosaic design

The paper design, measured out onto the bench.

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Grow your own.
Grow your own.

A cordon pear is a focal point between sleeper beds.

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Bench for eighteen
Bench for eighteen

Bench can seat the whole family.

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Garden before

BEFORE
BEFORE

Clutter of kids toys and sheds, rough lawn.

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BEFORE
BEFORE

Wet underfoot all year. Little visual interest, few plants.

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DURING
DURING

Shed removed. Bench will go here!

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