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is non-slip and will last for years because it
doesn't rot or warp,' says Ellie. 'And I really
like the way that each plank has the e ect
of real-wood grain.'
The couple complemented the decked
area with a contrasting combination of
stone paving and so er artificial grass.
We used Easigrass artificial lawn as we
wanted uality and a lu ury finish, but
also something that was low-maintenance.
he company fitted the grass as well, which
we were very happy about as it was the only
thing our builders didn't do,' explains Ellie.
'We also used large limestone paving
slabs, as using big tiles makes a small
garden look wider. We laid them across the
garden, again to give the illusion of width.'
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The design was then complemented by
cedar slatted fencing. 'The red cedar wood
used on the fencing above the wall was
expensive, but we loved it for its warmth
and durability - we treated the wood with
several coats of UV varnish,' says Ellie.
o so en the scheme, the couple planted
a mixture of plants and herbs, so they would
look good and be useful in the kitchen, too.
'I wanted some tropical low-maintenance
plants that need less water to be eco-friendly,
but we also wanted to plant herbs and salad
so we could be more sustainable. We combined
these with perennials and evergreens, to give the
garden some structure during the winter
when the summer owers die.'
From beginning to end, the whole project
was completed in six weeks.
'Our builder, Joe at Abel Company, who we
found through Check a Trade, predicted four
weeks, but the project took nearly six weeks,'
says Ellie. 'They did a great job at bringing
our design to life; we're delighted with it.'
'It went fairly smoothly - it felt like initially
a lot happened and then the work seemed to
slow down, and I was sitting in a "grey prison"
for a few weeks, but as soon as the rendered
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