We love our garden but it was alot of work keeping it tidy, and as soon as we gained planning permission it really became a building plot. The railings went to a neighbour and the potting shed was dismantled and moved across the road to a friends garden.
Having dug up and repotted all the plants we wanted to save for the new garden, we next cleared the area of shrubbery with a chainsaw ! We also lifted lots of slabs and brick paviers, that we intended to recycle. Like the planning officer, we were also very keen to keep the Acer tree at the front.
Three weeks before Christmas Alan and the guys set to work and stripped off all the topsoil we wanted to keep. Next the whole site was lowered in preparation for setting out and digging of the foundations.
With the footings dug to 1m depth and passed by Building Control, the ready mixed concrete arrived and was spread around the excavations. Trench fill blocks were also laid out ready for building the walls up to damp proof course (dpc) level.