Prior to us buying the motorhome we had been content with the original tarmac drive, and the little bit of adjacent garden, but needing some hard standing to park the new purchase on, we sadly removed the lilac tree and ordered a couple of tons of chippings to cover the garden area with.
It soon became obvious that this idea hadn’t been a good one. With the weight of the motorhome, and the uphill slope of the drive, the wheels just kept spinning on the chippings. So every time we wanted to use the motorhome, a tow rope had to be attached to Dougal disco to pull it off.
Towards the end of 2012, we decided it might be a good idea to have to drive/front garden block paved, so T contacted a few local companies, West Midlands Landscapes came back with the best quote.
We checked some of the work they’d done in the area, and were extremely impressed.
Having a shared drive, we obviously had to consider our neighbour too, but she was only too pleased to go ahead with the work as it was something she’d talked to us about several years ago.
Thursday 9th May was D(rive) Day when work began.
The following photos show how it progressed from a mismatch of tarmac, chippings and slabs into what I’d describe as a superb piece of workmanship.
The motorhome, away for its annual habitation service, leaving the area ready for the workers to begin.
First to arrive was the mini digger, ready to rip out all the old drive. I did wonder if the neighbours thought we’d exchanged the motorhome for this. 😉
Work begins. The lorry had just deposited the pile of base material, and was now removing all the waste rubble.
The end of the first day.
Day two, the base material, flattened with a wacker plate is now down and the sand waits to be spread over the area.
The barricade of bricks waiting to be laid.
The end of day two, the area looks enormous now.
Day three, the sand is down, and the artwork begins.
The end of day three, it’s starting to look good.
The end of day four. Sand had just been brushed into the joints, leaving just a few finishing touches to be done now.
The motorhome was returning the next day, so this hurried photo taken at 7.45pm in fading light, is the only one I managed to take of the whole area minus vehicles.
Apart from a couple of short showers, the sun shone on all four days.
Not something I’d normally wish for, but we could now do with a spot of rain now to wash the surplus sand away.
We are very pleased with the work, and would certainly recommend the company, in fact three neighbours have already enquired about them 🙂