Under each of these tabs are Full Screen Slideshows of Each of the Titled Projects,
They are Certainly a must look at if you are Seriously thinking of Landscaping your Garden, Driveway, or Roof Garden.Welcome to our Galleries page each image will take you to the appropriate slideshow .
As you can see there are so many options and we hope that you enjoy browsing, if you see something you would like more information please do this through your preferred means, contact page email or phone, we will be happy to advise you or correct anything that you may see that is not working correctly.
This Garden is now being opened up
This Garden is now being opened up to provide sensible, practical, and usable space to enjoy the panoramic views offered by this stunning location. The remodel of this Garden Started with the garden design as per the cover picture.
with Landscaping now underway, we are going to make the most of it for our clients.
With views of Mount Edgecombe,
Rame Head, Maker, Cawsand, Kingsand, and Plymouth. Situated near DownThomas, Wembury, the idyllic settlements of Manor Bourne, and Andurn nestle in this beautiful setting.
This Property, on the Andurn side,
overlooks the Breakwater, and if only the ground could share the amazing scenes, historical battles, and the comings and goings it had been witness too, of famous commanders, and their Battleships, the Pilgrim Fathers and the comings and goings of smugglers, the list goes on.
Our Clients Harvey and Pat
Have been a joy to work for, and with. Bouncing ideas around, Harvey likes to be practically creative like me, so one is in ones element creating characterful settings using quality reclaimed materials most of which were already on site.
All the stone in this area and on the driveway
were all on site waiting for us to up-cycle them.
In the background are some of Harvey's Artifact's,
Harvey is a great collector of old tools
and historical items, such as old Shoemakers lasts, of which he has a set from Toddlers upwards and every size in between displaying them beautifully , in suitable locations.
Another passion of the Rushton's are bonsai trees, some purchased and others grown from seed.
The wall coping feature here
feature here was an Idea that Harvey ran past me, he had seen it at Buckland Abbey, I took a look at it and hey ho here it is, the Starbursts, as I call them where the levels change, are my input.
A mature Olive tree features
As a focal point,
Along with Glacial Boulders and varying sizes of Pebbles. The movement of the grasses help to soften and add to the ambience of this Nautical Setting,
as does the tug rope, looped between the Douglas fir Posts from the environmentally sourced wood supplied by Rattery Sawmills.
The coping detail
adds a touch of class to the retaining wall, and the driveway in Triton pavers, with the grey 40cm x 40 cm paver detailing helps to bring individuality to the driveway.
Here the use of Natural Stone
Works very well in creating a pleasing entrance to this property and garden, softened by the fragrant lavender draping and tumbling over the granite
The huge granite slabs
show some of the tool marks and drill marks used to split the granite, by plugging the drill holes with timber dowels, then soaking them with water, the expansion of the timber inside causes so much pressure that the granite splits open. The job lot of Granite came from a quarry near Bodmin Moor, and included cubed hedging stones,,and around 18 huge slabs earmarked for steps. Unfortunately the quarry was closing down, which is why I probably got the lot for a steal.
This Project Was A Joy To Do
For a very fine and widely travelled Lady. A Lady that new exactly what she wanted.
Challenges like this makes one draw on one's artistic skills and then some
Here Copper, Porcelain, and Ipe
are brought together in a modern contemporary style. With a Rain Curtain Clad in Copper, which doubles as a support Post for a Hammock for those well earned periods of rest.
Ipe is a extremely robust and dense hardwood, that like teak will handle anything the weather can trow at it.
The Design Here Was Arrived at
Via Some Pin Interest pictures showing the style of Garden/ courtyard Louise wanted,
It certainly has the wow factor which will develop more as the copper takes on the amazing ‘Verdigris Patina.
The Space Of This Site Has Also Been Maximised
by utilising the seating areas covered with Ipe, as storage facilities for Cloths line, wood storage for the pizza oven and of course tool storage for miscellanies
This Courtyard Was Old and
Dated and In Desperate Need of a rethink The decking was rotting away, and underneath was an ad hoc drainage system that needed sorting out.
Uncertain as to what our clients
wanted to achieve, we went down the design route, and after many paving types and laying pattern changes, the Rainbow and Ivory theme was selected. Viki’s love of plants and subtle colour tastes are brought to life with this theme
It has certainly brightened up this courtyard, I think, to great effect!
Here we have a 3D design
For the front and the back, with a brief of something rustic and an outline of what Morley wanted, which kept changing as the work progressed,
Rustic, this can be interpretated in many different ways.
We could have used <br><h5>Railway Sleepers </h5>on the front
stood vertically, but decided on a block retaing wall, Faced with vintage oak cladding by Millboard
Total trasformations that will continue to look good for many years, is what we do
Wain Park from start to finish
The slide shows the design in 3D as it was before and the finished bone structure, of what was a complete transformation.
On starting we soon discovered that the mini excavator could not get around the acute angle at the front side of the house and neneded to be craned in. With so much work to be done, with level changes etc., the excavator was essential.
As the levels changed
we had to re-route and replace a soakaway for the surface water, as well as lower two Main Drains that serviced the area previously buried.
Thankfully the excavated soil was good, and stayed on site to adjust the levels and fill up the raised beds.
Here are a few of the driveways
That we have installed over the years.
Things haven’t really changed that much since Roman Britain,
Apart from these salient points.
Instead of the footfall of a multitude
of feet hitting the deck as one, we now have the incredible torque of ginormous rubber tyres on huge wheels powered by hydraulic power used to make lite work of steering, the stress is transferred from driver to the drive surfaces, and consequently leaving its mark on the driveway landscape.
So a different approach is needed,
this combined with climate change and the need to conserve water, the winds of change are emerging, and moulding the new way of doing things.
We at derna landscapes are pioneering a new method we feel is fail safe.
Not withstanding our skills
and versatility can be seen in the examples here in this slideshow, but thats not all! Our driveways stand the test of time and you are welcome to visit old and new to satisfy your own minds as to our integrity.
I received a phone call, from Tim
Apparently I had been Reccomended by Martyn Oates,
Tim had seen an outside Fireplace in France, and asked me if could I build one, I replied of course,
Based upon the Fire Place
how difficult could it be, and I love a challenge.
I asked Tim to supply a photo of how he wanted it to look, well to cut a long story short this is it!
Based upon the Fire Place
I also got the landscaping work as well,
It was all a little strange as, a young lad I had working with me, had come down a week previously on a Sunday evening to tell me he was starting a new job the next day.
You can imagine that I was none too pleased, well it turned out that Martyn Oate's neighbour, was also the landscaper who had lured Paul away.
So I was well chuffed that I got the job
Tim had had Val Uglow design the Garden and she was pretty good at it.
Here is the result.!
It's a shame that I didn't take some before pictures, because this was a jungle, completely ruled by a bay tree that had been left to it's own devices.
Unless you have a huge garden
keep the bay tree in a planter.
This garden needed some structure
To make the most space from a small garden
The brief: to create an easily managed space for entertaining family and friends, with a wow factor.
The front garden to be maintained
with the minimum of work. The front pathway linking the two areas to flow through seamlessly.
The grey granite used here
Was sourced from Lantoom quarry, and works well.
The raised beds are clad in the same granite, which brings a clean contemporary feel to this
courtyard, which is used
for skateboarding by the boys during the day, and entertaining in the evening.
The coping on the raised beds
provides additional seating, and space for the odd glass or two.<p>
The Pizza Oven originally
started off life as a barbecue but developed into this. Whoosh!!
This job came from a recommend
As does most of one's work
Terry and Lyn were a great couple to work for as are all of my clients well nearly all they have to be to put up with me,
But joking apart the tea flowed, which is always good, though most of the time it gets cold as we press on with the work. This was a job that blossomed from the back garden + a pathway and patio on the side garden, and then the driveway with stone pillars with removable fences between the pillars.to allow for access to the back garden from the driveway/parking bay
Some of Grahams portaits seascapes and landscapes in Oils
And being self taught I knew how hard it is to earn a living from it so I arrived at the landscaping scene and loved it, being outside and helping to create things of beauty. One still likes to paint, when I get the time, so here are some of them, good bad and ugly
Here are a few of the paintings Graham has painted over the years, the Barber shop, Chrissey from the Cad and the Dandy the Seville Row Tailor and the painting of Harvey Rushton The owner of Maryfield Coachhouse at Anthony are the latest paintings. There is also one of a waiter collecting orders that is not quite finished yet.
Graham Thought it would be an interesting theme to show artists from all work related genre at work displaying their skills.
Graham did ask Beth Levinsky, Roland Levinsky's widow to send me a picture of her throwing pots in her workshop, but nothing has been forthcoming as yet. Yet every time he bumps into her so to speak shopping for groceries or at a restaurant she brings it up and say's I never did send the picture. He wonders if she ever will, which would be a shame, because she and Roland are/were extremely talented potters.
Roland was an extremely talented Man whom Graham Holds great respect for.
A scrapbook of various other projects over the years
Here we have a medley of work carried out over the yearsI please browse at you leisure,
This new website should load and play quite quickly!
This new website should load and play quite quickly!