I'm interested in putting gravel down to replace the grass in my small front garden, mostly to reduce maintenance (terrace house, so to mow it I have to drag the mower through the house). Would I be right in saying the job is roughly:
1) dig out existing topsoil down six inches or so 2) lay impermeable plastic layer to kill weeds 3) get gravel delivered from local builders yard 4) haul gravel up onto garden (it's about 2 feet above ground level, so I think this necessitates a 'barrow and has to be done by hand) and spread it out with a rake.
The garden is quite small -- about 12ftx8ft, or thereabouts. The guy in the local builder's yard reckoned a half-ton of chippings, quite chunky ones (10-15mm or so, by eye). Does the amount seem about right to everyone?
What about compacting, either the earth underneath or the gravel once laid? This garden won't be walked on often or driven on, so is compaction necessary?
Finally, costs. Seems like the DIY approach will be pretty cheap -- a decent shovel and barrow, £10 or so for the impermeable layer, and about £35 for the chippings. Have I missed something off the list? And does anyone have any idea roughly what it would be cost to have the job done by a professional? I've rung a half-dozen firms but none of them are answering the phone.
Any help greatfully received!