Month: August 2017

Sounds of the Suburbs

Some day when you have absolutely nothing else to do, Google the phrase ‘Sound of the Suburbs.’ In all likelihood, what will appear before you on the results page is a collection of versions of The Members hit single of the same name from the nineteen seventies. You will also see a string of references… Read more »

Changing Times

Every summer, the last week of July, the good folk down in Carlow Tourism stage the Carlow Garden Festival. This year in fact it ran for nine days, from July 21st to July 30th. The idea is to stage at least one event on each of those days whether it be a talk, a presentation,… Read more »

Back Garden Co. Meath

Here is one we have just started. Demo of existing sheds, gazebo, patio, planting, screens. Replace with polycarbonate covered pergola, heightened perimeter privacy screens, expanded and updated paving, new planting scheme, new lawn, new and expanded general storage and fuel storage structures, re configured entrance and passageway. Here is the garden currently. Here is a… Read more »

Recent Paving

Here are a couple of recent, and differing, paving projects. We have an example of staggered standard precast brick paving with raised timber planters surrounded by an American style 1.8 metre lattice topped cedar fence. Then we have a good example of ‘mint’ hued Indian sandstone. Read more »

Decks Are Back

Decks are back. Decks got a bad rap during the boom when anyone who figured they knew one end of a hammer from the other was having a crack at building them. With predictably ugly results. A properly constructed and appropriately maintained deck can last a lifetime. By the way, avoid grooved deck boards, go… Read more »

Play Tower

Here is a nice, compact play structure we just finished in a small back garden in West Dublin. Access is by means of a ladder and climbing wall, the upper platform is spacious, incorporates in-built shelving and can be safely used by several children at once. The ground level is the ever popular sand box.… Read more »