A personal message to my potential customers along with information about our Process. I hope you can take the time to read this page as it's important !
How much is our quality Landscaping going to cost?
"Investing in Quality long lasting paving is a very sensible decision as your investing in a Very skilled team that will provide the results YOU want. Their knowledge and skills that only a TRUE time served Landscaping team will bring directly to your project and will simply allow it to stand the test of time." T.Stimpson
Once you have contacted us for a quote, either by Email, Phone, Zoom, WhatsApp or just a plain old Text message - we will arrange a convenient time to visit and discuss your requirements and to view your projects full potential, we currently try to do this on a Saturday as we can spend a lot more time with each client and thoroughly go over details and our booking process.
We provide a FREE site survey and Quote for Driveways and Patio's
We charge£250 for adetailed Consultation for Garden Design's - It's very important that we go over every little bit of the garden.
At this early stage it would be helpful if you have a basic idea of what you would like and/or rough budget that we can work with.
Most of our basic small drives start at 5k, small Patios 7k and our smallest of gardens start at a min 10k with some medium sized garden designs often around 30-40k onwards + VAT
Larger drives (2/3 car) often 10k+, Medium Patios 14k and Large sized family gardens around the 40k-100k+ VAT
We can bring along our online portfolio with free magazine/s from our main suppliers if you wish, but like most things these days a lot more can be found by links that we can send via Text/Email and/or WhatsApp Messages !
Your New Driveway, Patio or Garden should be a easy enjoyable process (Not stressful and confusing) and we have broke down (below) the steps we take to get theRESULTS that you Want !
" YOUR first major step has now already been completed ! - as you have found us ! - that's just the very start of this journey ... Thanks for taking the time to read through all this text. "
Right now, exactly the same as me when I'm also trying to find a good reliable service for my own personal property renovations, you're taking in as much detail as possible to find the right contractor for your Project - The right one ... however it's a 'mine field' isn't it ! - well for your Landscaping project I'm happy to say - you need look no further ...
Thankfully you have found STIMPSONS GPDB LTD Me and my friendly, honest & skilled hardworking team will not let you down !
Okay, you've just completed the first stage ! And you really can have peace of mind as I've built my business from personal experiences over the last 20 + years, trying to find reliable trades - only to be let down by the quality or simply by them not turning up, this is not acceptable and honesty and integrity is extremely deep rooted within STIMPSONS GPDB ltd
For you to move on with your project with 100% complete peace of mind please let me explain in some more detail why your in very good hands with STIMPSONS ...
My company has been very slowly built up over the last 20 + years, so that's over 20 years ! of slowly and painfully Improving year on year ... my knowledge, Experience, Trial and even Errors, dealing with the incessant UK weather issues, even teaching myself to learn weather forecasting long term computer models as to be one step ahead with all my builds, so my customers get the best build conditions possible, honing my natural eye for detail and recognition of the parts that truly matter whether that's Structurally or Cosmetically, so all this combined with my constantly trained team absorbing all of my acquired knowledge over all the years ... this simply BRINGS STUNNING RESULTS time after time for you.
I've seen over the years how so many of my customers have had bad experiences with not just the customer service they receive, but also some really shocking 'Workmanship' and No aftercare services !
It is a personal trait for me to do the very best I can with all areas of my business from first contact to the end result. I remember a long time ago Working for My First Boss Jeff Hedges when I was 17 " Tim, I trust you implicitly - it's justimpossiblefor you to do a bad job, you just can't let yourself " - That's stuck with me ever since (30 years now) and I'm very proud to have kept this personal trait.
it's simply not possible for me to do less than my absolute best as this is deep within me and part of my Character ... Yes, OK - I'm a self confessed Perfectionist !!
It's often said that this can be a major flaw when in business ?? - Well if I've built flawless project after project for many happy Customers who only want the best possible ... I don't really see this as a Flaw, I see it a sharedGift.
This Mindset has been passed onto all of my Team (Now all employed Staff - No contractors here just highly valued and committed staff members) - It's only becomes a flaw if you keep all the critical build details to yourself, no matter how Big or Small they are... I don't! all my team members know exactly what standard to build each project and exactly what I expect that standard to be, because simply - that's the way I've taught them to build from the the very start of their journey with me - on their the first day with us ! and then every single stage of the build in monitored and recorded and makes up your genuine guarantee.
You see, we are all now a powerful team of 'perfectionists' - all sharing our talented gifts with you ... It only becomes a flaw if your not willing to share your skills with others ... it's that simple ! everyone who works with me has been trained to a perfectionist standard of workmanship.
So, okay you know a little about me as a person now, what about as a business ? - for you toREALLY trust both me and my company (after all, a high Quality built Garden/Patio/Drive is a verybig investment.) -
Well I need to to offer you a VERY STRONG commitment to our quality and back up my words ...
I touched on this on the home page (as it's the core of what we do) - We really don't mess around here - We simply build Very high Quality long lasting Patios, Driveways and Gardens that are built to last the Test of Time and if wanted can be guaranteed for LIFE !
After NOW 23 Years trading and improving Year on Year, FROM APRIL 2023 - We can confidently offer you this:
✓NO PUDDLES ! ✓NO DIPS ! ✓NO LOOSE EDGING / SLABS / BLOCKS ! ✓NO LOOSE POINTING ! ✓ A FREEDEEP CLEAN EVERY YEAR !
HOW ABOUT FOR LIFE ? - LIFETIME Warranty Plan.
Everything as the above, Plus ... ✓NO MOSS - Even on Sandstone !! ✓NO WEEDS - Even on Block Paving Drives ✓A FREE SWEEP DOWN EACH AND EVERY MONTH ! ... ✓NO LEAFS AND LITTER ! ✓A FREEDEEP CLEAN EVERY YEAR FOR LIFE !
Our Guaranteeand commitment to YOU ...
*** If you choose either our standard 3-Year Guarantee or our upgraded 5 - Year or possibly our Lifetime warranty and in theextremely unlikely event of any default of puddles/dips/lose edging/blocks/slabs/pointing mentioned above - We will Rectify THIS and honour a DEEP clean FREE of charge all within 28 working days ! -
~ OR YOUR MONEY BACK ! So when we say It's Build to last, we really DO mean it ! ... - Design - Build - Maintain, T.Stimpson.
Being committed to The BRETT approved installers scheme and if you use BRETTS Products you will also receive ...
Brett's independent 10-YEAR Product guarantee !
Brett'sindependent 5-Year workmanship Guarantee !
Our Booking Process :
After our initial visit and viewing the project, we will contact you with a Proposal - usually within7 days from viewing
(This can take longer during busy periods May - Sept) - So please allow for 10-14 working days during May - Sept.
Once you are happy with your Proposal in principle and you have accepted this, we will save someprovisional space for you.
On officially excepting the Proposal we will then require a £250 booking deposit (Drives and Patios) or £500 (Gardens)
After further communication regards products used for the hard paving and/or soft landscaping - we will provide first a basic drawing and then your fully detailed Quotation along with our basic terms of engagement - Once happy and signed we'll lock in your provisional space in our work schedule.
WE ARE OFTEN BOOKED AT LEAST 3 MONTHS AHEAD - PLEASE ASK FOR OUR LATEST LEAD TIME IF YOU WANTED YOUR PROJECT BUILT SOONER.
The£250/£500 booking deposit will be deducted from the final cost on completion.
Once the refundable booking deposit has been received - we will send out your FREE Basic Concept drawing, normally within 2-4 weeks from receiving the booking deposit.
*If you chose a detailed drawing for your project there would be another further visit for a full survey after our initial visit - before the full quote stage. We will take payment for both the refundable booking deposit along with the non refundable detailed drawing cost - Drawing costs starting at £990 + VAT*
Once the Proposal along with the detailed Quote has been accepted and the booking deposit has been paid, including any optional paid detailed drawing ... your provisional date will bepermanently set in place.
We will then keep in touch regularly as we near your start date ! - we normally have a window of roughly two weeks between projects, just in case of bad weather or any other unforeseen delay - this helps to give you a realistic time scale.
All Proposals/Basic Quotes are valid for 3 months and if your acceptance is received within this period the price will be held until we commence your work.
Due to the forever changing cost of Materials, Outside of the 3 month time scale will require Re-Quoting as to bring costs back up to date - very roughly by 2 - 5% depending on the time we are recontacted.
WHAT IS OUR EXACT BOOKING PROCESS ?
- HERE IS OUR ACCURATE BOOKING PROCESS IN JUST 13 SIMPLE STEPS.
First Contact with you.
Leave details and/or speak to team member.
Our reply to you to book a Site Visit/Consultation to arrange a visit.
Site visit/consultation (FREE FOR DRIVEWAYS/PATIOS 1HR - £100 FOR GARDEN BUILDS 2HRS)
Basic Proposal letter sent by Text / Email / WhatsApp
Official Proposal letter sent / Your acceptance of the basic proposal
Acceptance of the official Proposal letter
£250 / £500 Booking deposit then taken to officially secure your Provisionally saved space – The BASIC and or PAID drawing/s will then be sent out within a further 5-10 working days.
Second OR Third Visit, to go over details
Fully detailed Quote and Letter of terms of engagement sent within 5-10 working days from the Second visit … acceptance of Detailed Quote / Revised Quote
Acceptance of Detailed Quote
We will send out our confirmation of your received Deposit, your booking and your Installation date !
We will then contact you regularly with updates.
P.S - We had all this information left over below from our old site and thought that we would leave this as content - as it would be possibly useful information about Hard Landscaping Features for some customers ? ...
- What additional features are available for my project ?
We can help to hide Inspection covers !
This include removing old cover, reducing or increasing the height to suite new surface (5 bricks +/- max), cleaning any debris caused and then replacing with a new cover set in strong concrete with the chosen paving to match the rest of the project.
RAISED EDGING TYPE TO FORM BORDERS AND DEFINE AREAS
- How can I deal with Flower borders spilling onto paving?
Block on there side as a edging border, or Block laid flat for Features (around Lawn/planted areas)
The most economical way to provide flower border edging, can also be laid flat to form a lawn edge to aid mowing and define lawns and gravel areas . (This method will use the chosen main or border block turned on its side and set into strong concrete to form a shallow raised edge)
Kerb edging. Pointed with coloured mortar or left without This method is a upgrade from the "block on edge method" above, please use buttons below for more info. Please don't feel that you need the exact kerb type to match the paving, as using contrasting colour kerbs to the block type can enhance the look of the edging by helping it stand out, especially if using for step risers !
This method is basically a small wall, this method is the most time consuming and more expensive than the methods above, this is mainly used to create a rustic feel or to help the driveway blend into existing brickwork or walls. Works very well to create rustic landscape features and with cobble type block paving
BIG CHANGES IN LEVELS ? - PLEASE SEE SOME SOLUTIONS BELOW
- How can I deal with the Different levels found in my Garden?
Railway sleepers old or new.
We love using railway sleepers in our designs, they really help to soften hard landscape features.
(ALL OF OUR SLEEPERS ARE HEAVILY COATED BEHIND & IF BUDGET ALLOWS RECOMEND SETTING ON A ORNATE MASONARY PLITH)
Can be laid Horizontal or vertical (Vertical incurs more cost due to cutting) Can also be made into planting boxes, low cost steps, water features, seating, rustic decking and pathways (site visit needed)
Brickwork and/or block and render
(vast amount of types available to suite paving or property, render can also be painted with any colour imaginable) This is the most expensive form of retaining ground but sometimes there will be no other option due to amount of ground the structure has to retain or simply to suite other existing brickwork, structures and taste . The price of brickwork and block and render will depend on access, thickness, height, type of brickwork, footing design so a site visit is always needed to price this important landscape feature.
PATIOS BUILT FROM A VAST CHOICE OF PRODUCTS
- What products are available for me to use in my Garden / Driveway ?
"Patio's - A natural way to extend your home outwards, opening up a more beautiful place to spend with family and friends".
CONCRETE BLOCK & RENDER RETAINING WALLS !
This picture is a good example of using render to enhance a design, this garden would not look the same if it was done in just brickwork, the Render used instantly gives the work a contemporary feel with a paintwork to compliment the Sandstone paving.
INDIAN SANDSTONE, one of our favourite products within our designs.
- Why Do we like to instal Sandstone and is this suitable for your Garden? - Take a look as this short On-Site video below
Video will be uploaded soon ...
SLATE & LIMESTONE
SAME AS ABOVE INSTALLATION METHOD
PRECAST CONCRETE (ONCE A BUDGET PAVING - UNFORTUNATELY
MANUFACTURING COSTS HAVE PUSHED THE PRICES HIGHER THAN SOME NATURAL STONE, BUT FOR LOW MAINTENANCE YOU CANT BEAT IT !
SOME TYPES CAN EVEN LOOK LIKE NATURAL STONE
- Is Porcelain easier to clean than Sandstone ? - Check out this short On-Site Cleaning video - simply wiping away bird droppings & berry's dropped by feeding on the overhead Trees.
PORCELAIN, WOW ! - amazing product used extensively within our designs.
PATIOS/PATHS/STEPS/WALLS FACING & COPING
VAST AMOUNT OF STUNNING TYPES AVAILABLE
INSTANT CONTEMPORY FRESH CLEAN LOOK
WIPE CLEAN FINISH - AS SEEN IN THE QUICK VIDEO ABOVE
Stimpsons GPDB just can't get over the quality of the lawn, see for yourself - call us and we will bring you a sample !