Mr & Mrs Mcloughlin, Brandesburton; August 2016

January 11, 2018

” Jim and his team transformed our garden from what was basically a blank canvas of a lawn and a wasteland of a side garden resulting from an extension to our house. We now have a modern, usable garden which compliments and is befitting of the property that it surrounds. We had already had garden design plans drawn up independently, but in hindsight I think we could have had Jim as he was so good at offering ideas and tweaking our design to one that would work, whilst remaining true to the original design. He took time to discuss building materials for the hard landscaping, providing material samples and photographs, and where possible, site visits to completed projects to see pavers and so on. The work involved thorough preparation of ground work such as digging out proper foundations for the patio and so on. It was no trouble for Jim to add to the work as it evolved, as ours was a large project we thought of additions as we went along. Not least the fact that we’d got a new puppy so Jim built a secure fence with gates that weren’t in the original design. Our garden involved reshaping and providing a set border for the rear lawn, raised decking, extensive patio with planting areas, areas laid to aggregate plus a second circular patio to catch the last of the evening sun, and a vegetable garden consisting of a series of raised beds made from railway sleepers. The side garden consists of a contemporary cedar fence to screen my washing line and chicken coop, a herb garden, pergola, water feature with stepping stones and the construction of a contemporary rendered wall behind which the pump for the water feature is housed. The whole project took the best part of a month, during which time the hardworking team were there every day whatever the weather, always very amiable which is important when you have people working around your home. Jim wasn’t an ‘absentee boss’ he was very hands on and was present almost every day that the work was taking place. Also he was mindful of ways in which we could save money such as upcycling existing pavers. Whilst we didn’t have Bravo Landscapes’ full planting service, they included sourcing and planting of 9 huge Box balls which create an impressive approach to the front of our property. We are very pleased with the overall quality of the finished product and we wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Bravo to anyone. We are going to take our time to choose plants and garden furniture but in the meantime Bravo have created a fabulous garden that we are going to enjoy for many years to come. “