Client Testimonial: Mark & Louise Duguid

Testimonial for Landscaping

Unknown-6Recently we finished a job that started off as a relatively straightforward project, but as the work progressed, it grew arms and legs, and turned into one of the best garden transformations we have ever done.

We’re going to break down this job into sections, covering each of the services we provided, such as landscaping, painting, planting, laying down astroturf and joinery. As well as tackling the complexities that would prove to be slightly problematic, but nothing our experience team couldn’t handle.

A bit of background on the client to start us off. The client knew members of our team outside of work, which is where the relationship was originally built between them and MKM.

They decided it was time for a change in their garden for many different reasons such as it was on a slope and when the weather was bad it was nearly impossible for the kids to get outside and get any play time, to name a few.

What we did not know, is that there was going to be a 40th birthday party hosted in the garden, and we had a 6 week time frame to work to. With the ever-changing weather we’re blessed with in Scotland, we knew that this wasn’t going to be easy, but at MKM we relish a challenge!

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As we mentioned above the garden had all different levels belonging to a terraced house, on a slope, so right off the bat we met an obstacle. Already we knew that this had to be levelled out before we could make any progress with the renovation.

To level out of a garden you first need to determine the level you want the garden to sit at. We then need to construct a temporary timber frame or string lines could also be used, that outlines how the garden will be shaped and we would then work to these dimensions.

Unknown-4Once we’ve outlined the shape it’s time to begin remove or reallocate if possible the excess soil. Once the soil is removed we flatten the ground using a vibrating pate.

As well as the vibrating plate, use something like a piece of timber as well to ensure the ground is flat and level. This not allows us to apply the Type1 or Sand.

When we eventually levelled the garden out, we then had to get to work on the ground itself by removing the existing grass, build a retaining wall, moving the soil and replacing with Type 1 gravel and Whin Dust.

Our next task was to move the RHS fencing, as it was it was over the boundary line. To do this we started off by digging in new posts, and the continued to remove each 6ft section, one at a time. We then refitted the sections to the new posts and discarded of the older posts.

Once the garden had been appropriately prepared and framed, we then had to put down the astroturf. This is something we’re beginning to see a lot more recently. There many benefits to having artificial grass opposed to real turf, the main one being that it’s maintenance free.


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It’s amazing how good joinery work can really compliment not only the garden but the rest of the house as well.

The residence already had decking in place, so we had to do was extend the existing decking so that it worked will with the landscaping work we had been doing on the property already.

The next main section of our joinery work consisted of building raised stairs based on the architect’s drawings to meet the decking leading out to the back garden from the house.

There were other additional pieces of work we did that were a nice finishing touch to the garden such as building benches on the decking at the bottom of the garden which also served as storage space. We also created borders for the planting section, which tidied everything up nicely.

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After that, all that was left to do was the finishing touches and a paint job, so we proceeded to paint the walls, decking and fences so that everything was looking it’s best for the big day.

It’s easy for us to tell you about all this work, but why not let Mark and his wife, Louise, tell you themselves.

It was a pleasure to work with Mark and his family as they were open to ideas we presented and were willing to trust our professional advice.

If you would like to know more about any of the services we provided above, or any of our other services, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

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