Posted: 05/09/2014 at 17:40
Hi Everyone, I'm getting quotes for a new driveway and would like to create a new bed under the lounge bay window but not wishing the workmen to 'do their thing' and then I hate it, I'd like to be specific - I just don't know what that is yet!
The drive will be extended to the left and be in line with the left of the front door, then curve left to allow for a long trough where the three pots are now. I think...the curb stones should end level where the blue pot is and meet the house at a 90 degree angle, do you agree?
I then want a bed under the window where the slabs are. (Pse ignore the shabby pots which are only there because I slipped a disk and can't lift them). I'm wondering how deep the bed should be. I could bring it out to where the wired box is on the side of the house, just a little more than the end of the slabs or should I bring it right out to the level of the house? I'd need to be able to wash windows.....or is that a good excuse not to ?
The house is a 70s style and not the prettiest so I am planning to go quite contemporary with planting to step it up a little. I'm thinking of a white and green planting scheme but again, am quite open minded at this stage.
On the right hand side of the drive I will have five small openings into the ground which will be filled with low growing lemon thyme which can stand being driven over, will smell nice and will provide a boundary for my neighbour. I also don't know if there are any rules (or guidance) regarding which way block paving should be laid for the best result???
I've drawn a very rough plan - not to scale - to give you an idea. I'd also be grateful for suggestions on what type of curb stones to use and why; I will want to keep the lawn edges pristine I don't know if you can expand this plan to be able to read it? I might have to try again....
If there are any ideas I haven't thought and you think it might work, please say - you will not offend me.
Thank you so much if anyone takes the time to answer (does anyone else think there are too many negative smilies and not enough happy ones ? ....random thought, as I do, lol)