Building a path, a flight of steps or a patio can dramatically alter the design and visual impact of your garden. A path winding out of sight behind a hedge invites exploration and imparts an air of mystery while steps suggest other areas of the garden to be explored. Although such structures have a clear function, it is vital that they are also visually pleasing. With this in mind, this book presents 16 original projects, ranging from a simple natural stone patio to a decorative Victorian path. Materials used include brick, stone, wooden tiles and green wood. Each has been photographed step-by-step during construction and the finished piece is shown in its garden setting. Clear construction diagrams and concise text accompany each project, and there is also advice and information on designing and planning, tools, materials and techniques.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Techniques: designing and planning; tools; materials; foundations; brickwork and stonework techniques; woodwork techniques; paths; patios; steps. Part 2 Projects: decking tile patio; zigzag brick border path; woodland steps; rustic log ring paths; inspirations - paths; natural patio; green wood walkway; classic carpet stone patio; art deco steps; inspirations - steps; Elizabethan half-circle doorstep; decorative Victorian path; railway sleeper steps; semicircular herb walk; crazy-paved circular patio; inspirations - patios; snake-pattern cobble path; raised decking; wooden stairway.
Alan and Gill Bridgewater have gained an international reputation as producers of woodworking and DIY books on a range of subjects, including furniture-making, hand tool techniques, woodcarving and woodturning. They have written more than 50 highly successful books to date and also write for various DIY magazines on both sides of the Atlantic. They are authors of the New Holland companion titles: Water Features for the Garden and Woodwork for the Garden. They live in Battle, East Sussex.