With the road and external landscape underway in part 4 I turned my attention to the front garden area. Daisy will need somewhere to put her bins and recycling box.
I decided that the front garden would be minimal, as the house doesn’t have a bay window. Something like this would do.
I made the gate posts and wall from wood salvaged from an old worktop. It was mostly table saw shaping with some hand cutting to chamfer the edges. The size, proportions and style are taken from my own Salford house built in 1873.
The wall is also machine cut and then hand finished.
To form the brick courses I scribed along the grain with a flat screwdriver blade and then hammered the screwdriver blade across the grain to produce the vertical mortar joints.
The texture on the top of the coping stones and the brick facings have been made by placing 40 grit abrasive on top and hammering on the back to impress the roughness of the grit into the surface of the wood. Again the size, proportions and style are copied from the same area of Salford as the gate posts.
Photographically this will be the area of the front garden and the public foot path. The path is quite narrow, only one slab wide, as might be found on a very minor road. I haven’t decided on the ground inside the garden at this stage so have been sketching out paving. There might be planting instead.
The posts and wall were painted and weathered with acrylic paints to give an aged appearance where the main colours are from the lichen growth over the last 150 years.
Likewise the brickwork is dull and dirty from road grime.
At this stage I was debating between 3D printing a wrought iron railing and making a wooden picket fence that may have been installed in the 1960s or 70s.
But due to popular demand on Twitter it was decided that the wrought iron railing were removed for the war effort.
But how about next door?
It would seem that the neighbouring house had a different wall style, probably rebuild at a later date after the original was lost. The copings also don’t match and are probably reclamation yard specials, cheaper then big blocks of stone. It used up a remaining bit of the same timber and was processed in the same way. I do like those copings and have them on my back garden walls
Anyway, with the railings gone, someone saw fit to grow a hedge. Sadly it hasn’t been well looked after and needs a good cut.
It was made with coconut fibre mat, as used for hanging baskets, teased apart and covered in model railway flock.
Daisy has her work cut out with that hedge!
That’s it for now. I shall look at the rest of the front garden set up another time. But for the next instalment I will be developing the back of the house and finding a Building Regulations issue.