New wall foundation
The existing wall was removed and a wider foundation installed for the new one. It was decided to use the same bricks which the house had been built with to ensure it would be in keeping with the original build.
Wall during construction
The new wall was planned so as to allow a car door to open without the possibility of damage or obstruction.
Locating services below ground
The underground services were carefully
located by hand.
Removing existing concrete
Experienced and competant JCB operator in action removing the existing drive.
1.5 ton JCB digging out for new driveway in Rainham
The site was kept tidy and we used grab hire services to remove all waste.
Construction of new wall
New 9 inch wall construction.
Staffordshire blue header course
Last one going in 🙂
Soakaway hole dug out
Through soil, clay then chalk; the soakaway pit was dug.
Aquavoid soakaway being wrapped
1.3 m3 Aquavoid soakaway being wrapped in a geotextile fabric to prevent soil ingress.
Trenching out soakaway pipework
Being mindful of a gas pipe, a trench was dug in order to connect the rainwater downpipe to the soakaway.
Installation of channel drainage into soakaway
Pipe from channel drain to soakaway later backfilled with shingle.
Pipe from downpipe to soakaway later backfilled with shingle.
Clarke channel drain with cast iron grilles suitable for use up to 20 tonnes. New kerb edging to finish.
After site clearance, 15 tonnes of Type 1 limestone was spread and levelled out.
The client wished for some garden to remain and so we designed and built kerbing to shape the drive and to offer a place for plants. The kerbs were from Marshalls Tegula range and we used a mixture of straights and internal/external radials.
Compacted Type 1
The Type 1 was compacted several times after which the entire drive area was covered using a geotextile ground stabilising fabric.
A new boundary fence was purchased from a reputable supplier (Jacksons in Ashford) and installed. It is a Venetian style and was chosen to allow air to move freely between the slats and also to permit sunlight through to the plants.
Laying blocks over screeded sand
The area was screeded using sharp sand then the blocks (Marshalls Tegula Pennant Grey 3 size) were unpackaged and laid.
A step seemed appropriate to allow easier entry/exit. This was consructed using more of the kerbing and a couple of external corners.
Marshalls Tegula Pennant Grey
Whole blocks laid with the cuts remaining.
Marshalls Tegula doorstep in construction
Marshalls Tegula doorstep
Client was over the moon with their step as were we 🙂
Marshalls Tegula kerb around window
Marshalls Tegula Pennant Grey driveway
View from above once completed
Once everything was sanded and compacted it was ready to drive on.
Marshalls Tegula driveway Rainham
Couldn’t help but return to do some planting.
Driveway in Rainham – Marshalls Tegula Pennant Grey
The finished product.
Value of the home has definately increased. Superior installation of a Marshalls Tegula driveway, Jacksons venetian fencing, soakaway and boundary retaining wall. Really, really pleased with this job, it looks awesome. It took a month or so on and off and the feedback we received was the customer was so very pleased it wasn’t just thrown in over a few days or so like many are.