We can cover a vast range of Hard & Soft Landscaping.
But we specialise and excel in the three main services below ... Traditional long lasting paving for Driveways Patios using Precast concrete slabs and Natural stone High quality Artificial Lawn installations
WE WILL TRY OUR BEST TO MATCH ANY LIKE-FOR-LIKE QUOTE !
You will find Patios and gardens cost slightly more per Square Metre due to limited access and distance materials will have to be loaded in and out the site, this results in increased labour time and increases costs.
I pride myself on not only the quality of construction "Built to Last" but also on my very sharp eye for detail. I will oversee every stage of the installation and will be 100% hands on during all the laying stages, please read more on this on the home page ! T.Stimpson
All prices are subject to a FREE no Obligation site visit.
PLEASE SCROLL DOWN THIS PAGE FOR A LONG LIST OF INFORMATION ON OUR PRODUCTS FOR ALL TYPES OF SURFACING ...
We use 60mm blocks rather that 50mm as standard for our Driveways as it's superior to a 50mm block used by most. 60mm block paving can take up to 10 tons of vehicle weight, whilst 50mm is only for pedestrian and light traffic only and not suitable for most modern family vehicles & 4x4's
STIMPSONS drives are "Built to Last" and designed to take a MASSIVE 3500kg or 3.5 ton - no need to worry if you change your vehicle ! We can still provide a reduced cost price of around £5 per square metre for 50mm blocks for paths/patios and light car use but with a limited 5 year guarantee.
We can provide all types of Driveway installation covering Chelmsford and surrounding Essex areas.
ALL BLOCK PAVING, PERMEABLE PAVING, GRAVEL, RESIN BOUND GRAVEL, ECONOMIC GOLDEN GRAVEL, REINFORCED GRAVEL GRID SYSTEMS, DRIVEWAYS AND PARKING AREAS., STONE CARPETS, TRADITIONAL METHODS USING A SOAK-AWAY - S.U.D.S COMPLIANT AND REINFORCED SANDSTONE DRIVEWAYS ...
A well-designed, attractive driveway provides easy, convenient and secure parking, as well as adding value to your home,Following the introduction of new legislation consideration is needed to where the surface water may drain to.
The following is being updated for 2019 - So parts may have broken links, incomplete information or pictures, but will be up and ready for 2019 - T.Stimpson..
For more photos of our work, please hover over main heading (DRIVEWAYS) or (PATIO&GARDEN) on pages at top of website page and use the drop down 'photos' tabs !
PLEASE SEE FOLLOWING PRODUCTS FOR DRIVEWAYS - STARTING WITH THE LOWEST CONSTRUCTION COST FIRST
OUR MOST BASIC AND LOWEST PRICED DRIVEWAY CONSTRUCTION ... SHINGLE/GRAVEL LAID LOOSELY (NO GRID MATTING SUB-BASE)
THIS IS OUR CHEAPEST POPULAR METHOD FOR BUDGET DRIVEWAYS/UTILITY/PARKING AREAS
- WE WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE A BORDER TO RETAIN THE WORK AND A PART PAVED ENTRANCE TO AVOID SHINGLE/GRAVEL SPILLING OVER.
OUR NEXT LEVEL UP FROM BASIC SHINGLE LAID LOOSELY ...
SHINGLE & GRID MATTING SUB-BASE
THIS IS SLIGHTLY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN LOOSE STONE DRIVEWAYS/UTILITY/PARKING AREAS
- WE WILL ALWAYS INCLUDE A BORDER TO RETAIN THE GRID AND STONE AND A PART PAVED ENTRANCE TO AVOID SHINGLE/GRAVEL SPILLING OVER.
A DECORATIVE BORDER (USING A COBBLE OR BLOCK) WILL BE SLIGHTLY MORE EXPENSIVE THAN OUR STANDARD RETAINING BORDER/EDGE
The grid incorporated is a lightweight ground reinforcement system ideal for grass or gravel stabilisation. This type of surface helps to reduce the risks of potholes, rutting or grass damage.
Manufactured from 100% recycled UK sourced polypropylene, the system is exceptionally lightweight and strong. The grid is suitable for a wide range of applications including paths, drives, parking areas and access routes.
The grid has been certified to 420 tonnes per square metre ! more than enough for almost any application.
In addition, the grids used within our work are over 90% porous, reducing the rate of surface water run-off and saving cost on unnecessary drainage installation.
"Although the grid is more expensive than basic 200mm x 100mm block paving per Sq. Metre for Materials the overall saving comes from the reduced labour cost on large areas, I feel this product (Installed correctly with a new sub-base and retaining edging) is only economically viable on larger areas (100 sq/m +) or areas of conservation,heritage,outstanding national beauty or national parks.
Once the ground and sub base has been prepared the installation is quicker than block paving, making the product ideal for large drives, car parks or were a porous parking area is imperative"
A 50 square metre installation from scratch will be around £1,000 cheaper than block paving, so a saving of £2,000 can be expected on areas of 100 square metres - Ideal for large drives and car parks !
OUR NEXT LEVEL UP FROM THE GRID/SHINGLE METHOD ABOVE AND BY FAR THE MOST POPULAR PRODUCT IN DRIVEWAY CONSTRUCTION...
TRADITIONAL BUILT TO LAST BLOCK PAVING DRIVEWAYS/PATIOS/PATHS/PARKING AREAS
- ALL OUR BLOCK PAVING IS BUILT TO LAST ...
A STRONG DEEP COMPACTED SUB-BASE
COMMERCIAL GRADE RETAINING EDGINGS
STRONG 60MM BLOCKS / OPTION TO DOWNGRADE TO 50MM
JOINTS STABILISED/WEED PROTECTED AS STANDARD (FROM 2018) - TO HELP REDUCE WEEDS UNTIL MAINTENANCE STARTS
5- GUARANTEE THAT CAN BE EXTENDED TO 10-YEARS + WITH MAINTENANCE OFFER (LIMITED TO 5-YEARS FOR 50MM BLOCKS)
OUR TOP OF THE RANGE SURFACING AND NEXT LEVEL UP AGAIN FROM THE BLOCK PAVING METHOD ABOVE - STARTING TO BECOME MORE POPULAR IN THE UK NOW - BUT NEEDS FORWARD PLANNING REGARDING UNDERLYING SERVICES (WATER/FURTHER WORKS) ...
RESIN BOUND STONE (THICK LAID) - NOT RESIN BONDED (THIN LAID)
WE ONLY INSTALL RESIN BOUND STONE NOT RESIN BONDED
RESIN BOUND IS LAID IN A THICK LAYER (SIMILAR TO THE TOP COAT FOR TARMAC)
RESIN BONDED IS SPRINKLED IN A THIN LAYER OVER THE TOP OF A SUITABLE NEW OR EXISTING BASE - WE ONLY INSTALL RESIN BOUND, AS WE CAN ONLY TRUST AND GUARANTEE OUR OWN SUB-BASE INSTALLATION AND CANT RISK OUR REPUTATION BY OVERLAYING A UNKNOWN EXISTING SURFACING
THE MAIN ISSUE TO CONSIDER WITH THIS TYPE OF PAVING IS THAT ONCE IT'S DOWN - IT'S DOWN ! - AND HARD TO PATCH IN ANY REPAIRS TO THE RESIN TOP COAT.
FOR PEACE OF MIND, I WOULD HIGHLY ADVISE THE WATER SUPPLY PIPE HAS BEEN CHANGED TO A MODERN POLYETHYLENE (BLUE) PIPE OR CHECK ITS IN PLACE. "In all honesty and having laid different paving methods over the years - you really cant beat Traditional Block Paving, installed correctly and maintained on a annual basis - for reliability, Visual Impact and Value for Money - But we like to keep up with new trends, we actually trained to install resin bound stone back in 2002 way back before it 'took off' in the UK - T.Stimpson"
DRIVEWAYS/PATIOS/PATHS/PARKING AREAS/PATIOS/SWIMMING POOL SURROUNDS/ INSIDE & OUTSIDE THE LIST GO'S ON AND ON !
- ALL OUR RESIN PAVING/SURFACING IS BUILT TO LAST USING THE VERY BEST MATERIALS FROM A LONG TRUSTED MANUFACTURER/SUPPLIER.
A STRONG DEEP COMPACTED REDUCED FINES SUB-BASE
A UNIQUE BASE COURSE THAT ELIMINATES THE USE OF TARMAC OR CONCRETE UNDER THE RESIN & ELIMINATES DOWN TIME WAITING FOR THE BASE TO CURE
OUR BASE COURSE IS ECO FRIENDLY UNLIKE TARMAC OR CONCRETE
STRONG UV STABLE RESIN AND HIGH QUALITY AGGREGATES USED
5- GUARANTEE THAT CAN BE EXTENDED TO 10-YEARS
A 50 square metre installation from scratch will be around £1,250 MORE expensive than block paving, so additional costs of around £2,500 can be expected on areas of 100 square metres - So Ideal for for small drives/paths/patios or top of the range long lasting driveways
PAVING ADDITIONS ...
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
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 opposite kerbs to the block type can enhance the look of the edging by helping it stand out.
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
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)
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 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.
We can provide all types of patios, including ...
limestone (not black)
Bound stone paving
We can build your dream patio ! Please also see Patio & Gardens page for Photos
A natural way to extend your home outwards, opening up a more beautiful place to spend with family and friends.
*WE PRIME THE BACKS OF ALL OUR SLABS OTHERS MISS THIS OUT FOR LESS COST, BUT WE WON'T - THIS WILL DESTROY THE SLABS WITH CEMENT STAINING SHOWING THROUGH ! *We lay all types of natural stone including sandstone. Laid on a high quality mortar using primed slabs to help avoid the Phenomenon of Picture framing. We don't use dark limestone only dark slate due to surface staining from rain.
CONCRETE BLOCK & RENDER !
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.
OUR MOST ECONOMICAL PAVING TYPE FOR PATIO'S
PATIOS/PATHS/STEPS/OFTEN USED FOR STEP SURFACE (TREAD) ON OUR DRIVEWAY DESIGNS AS WELL !
- ALL OUR PAVING IS BUILT TO LAST USING ...
A STRONG DEEP COMPACTED SUB-BASE
GOOD QUALITY CEMENT MORTAR BEDDING
ALL SLABS ARE PRIMED BEFORE LAYING
STRONG HIGH QUALITY SLABS
HIGH QUALITY JOINTING COMPOUND FOR ALL JOINTS
5- GUARANTEE THAT CAN BE EXTENDED TO 10-YEARS + WITH OUR MAINTENACE
OUR NEXT GRADE UP FOR PATIO'S
SLATE & LIMESTONE
SAME AS ABOVE INSTALLATION METHOD
OUR NEXT TYPE OF PAVING FOR PATIO'S
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 LOOK LIKE NATURAL STONE
''SANDSTONE LOOK'' quality pre-cast slabs.
(CHOICE OF COLOURS)
Please use the links below to see colours and types available .....
"We have shown this slab because it is our most popular alternative to a natural stone"
Garden design & build. We are bursting with ideas we can create all types of gardens including ... Front, Contemporary, Cottage, Wildlife, Family and Formal gardens.
"The growth of demand has been so strong over the last few years we now have a dedicated design studio and web site for '16 dedicated to Garden design & build" - T.Stimpson
We love to bring our gardens to life with our Ideas and Experience. We use free hand for all our design plans at realistic prices (please visit our GARDEN DESIGN page or link below) Most of our designs use a combination of hard and soft landscape products as seen above and below combined with a design to create your dream Garden.
OTHER SMALL SERVICES AVAILABLE FROM STIMPSONS ... We can provide the following services as small individual jobs or as a part of a larger project
Real lush New lawns laid.
From Old lawns which have simply died or sunk, become weedy or worn out To Lush, green, weed free lawns. No job to big or small
50 MM DEEP REMOVAL OF OLD LAWN . (INC WASTE REMOVAL)
DIGGER USED TO COMPLETELY CLEAR RUBBLE AND BREAK UP OLD SOIL
50MM OF VERY HIGH QUALITY COMPACTED NEW SOIL
SOIL PERFECTLY LEVELED (WE SCREED SOIL AS IF LAYING PAVING)