The Garden Landscape Project

I'll be posting updates from my garden landscaping project here as it develops. I've now posted the first view of the garden as it was before anything was done. I suppose it wasn't too bad, but there was so much potential to do something great with our first garden. I couldn't resist.

Windows and Doors...

posted 17 Sept 2012, 06:08 by Bill Sands   [ updated 17 Sept 2012, 06:08 ]

Things moved another large step towards a finished shed at the weekend. I had a couple of extra days off as I had to take delivery of the doors and windows.
They are now in and here are some photographs.

Shed update 17th September 2012

As you can see from the photographs, I've also put the floor in, and started the insulation in the walls.

The shed gets it's cladding

posted 5 Jun 2012, 03:44 by Bill Sands

I've finally finished the cladding on the shed and here's what it now looks like. Only doors, windows, floor, insulation, internal wall face... etc to go.

Shed update 5th June 2012

The Shed progresses

posted 28 May 2012, 06:54 by Bill Sands   [ updated 29 May 2012, 07:45 ]

Just a quick post to show the photos of the weekend's work (26th May 2012)

It is now ready for the feather-edge boards to clad it. Hopefully finish that next weekend!

Shed update 28 May 2012

And here it is...

posted 26 Feb 2012, 09:40 by Bill Sands   [ updated 29 May 2012, 07:48 ]

I know it's not the weekend that I said I'd take photos, but I have done eventually. There are two openings in the lawn side for full height windows, and a large opening on the right side that will be a double door onto the deck area. I'm not sure when I'll get chance to get the walls clad because I have a small matter of a living room full of timber for decking the loft to deal with first. Next couple of months though. Here are some photos in the mean time...

The Shed

A skeleton with a roof!

posted 17 Jan 2012, 01:25 by Bill Sands

I've started the shed! It's in the early stages, and it'll be a long project as I can only do more when I have time, and money to pay for materials. So far it's a timber frame skeleton with a roof, but you can see the intention. I don't have any photos yet as it's dark when I get home these days, but I'll try to get some photos up here over the weekend (21st-22nd Jan 2012).

The executive shed cometh...

posted 30 Nov 2011, 13:04 by Bill Sands

I've finally got around to ordering a lot of wood to build the frame for my bespoke executive shed. It'll take a while to put together, but at least it's started now. After the shed comes the deck next to it, then the pond, followed by... wait for it... the railway!! It's still a way off yet, but it's another step closer.

So, the patio is finished... and we have a lawn!

posted 10 Jun 2011, 05:21 by Bill Sands   [ updated 29 May 2012, 07:49 ]

I've been working hard to get the patio finished, and finally it happened! Well it's been done for a week or so now, but I didn't get chance to take any photos as the weather turned. It seems to have been raining for two weeks solid... almost.
So today it's been hot and sunny this afternoon so I took some photos. 

Garden project

I hope you enjoy the slideshow. I just discovered the feature and hope it works!
Still a way to go, the border on the left needs work, the pond is only a dip, and the top of the garden... well the walls are finished!

Interim photos

posted 10 Jun 2011, 05:16 by Bill Sands   [ updated 10 Jun 2011, 05:32 ]

So here are some updates to how the garden looked originally (left) and in February this year (right).
Before:                                                          After:     


As you can see, the photos aren't from the same position, but i hope you can recognise some of the features that have remained, and see what a difference was made.

I'll be putting another update on here soon, as I have done a lot more. The patio is looking a lot better, and we now have a lawn!          


posted 9 Jun 2011, 06:07 by Bill Sands

I've done a lot of work on the garden since the last post! Hardly surprising as it's a while since I updated the site.
I'll post some interim photos as soon as I can, then hopefully, follow them up with a latest update.

The railway is a while away, as there are little funds available for such a project at the moment. My wife is supportive, but as long as it's out of my spending allowance :¬)

Keep checking... it won't be long.

The Grand Masterplan

posted 14 Oct 2010, 12:38 by Bill Sands   [ updated 17 Jan 2012, 01:22 ]

So, there is a plan that has already been worked through for the garden. It was done before I became interested in garden railways, and therefore does not include a railway. Since becoming interested in garden railways, I have been faced with the task of trying to incorporate a railway into the garden layout. I don't think it'll be too difficult, and hopefully it lends itself rather nicely to the creation of some rather elegant bridges.

I have posted some thoughts on the G Scale central forums, and it's be quite interesting the responses. I've decided not to change the garden plan much at all, as it seems that the most interesting outcome for the railway will develop from tying to work around what's there!

So, near the house, as you saw from the photos on the last post, there used to be a flower bed just outside the door from the conservatory. In the sketch plan right, you can see the conservatory in the bottom right, and the line along the bottom (where the 940 is written) is the back of the house. The patio will be extended (into the slope of the garden) and all the earth will go onto the lawn to nearly level it. To the left there'll be mostly flower beds, and to the right, above the patio, is a pond.

The top of the garden is mostly for a large "executive shed" or posh workshop, or whatever you want to call it, and a deck to the right. Behind that is basically un-landscaped space, compost, etc.

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