Milnathort Recessed arch and seating area

After enjoying the challenge of building the moongate in the summer, I was pleased to be offered the chance to build another arched feature in the autumn.

The original plan had been to create a sitting area by removing a chunk of the sloping garden and building a curved retaining wall with some steps. However, the client had seen the moongate job and was keen on making something similar on her wall. I suggested a dry stone arched recess. So we worked on a design to make a feature of the shallow, curved arch. The arch measure 1.6m wide and 0.8m. Unfortunately, the total height of the retaining wall was not tall enough to allow a seat to be built under the arch, which would have been very cool!

Having completed this job, I have decided that I really like building arches! It was a challenge making the curved face but it was a very enjoyable moment when I removed the former and saw that the stone work was still standing!

The paving was done by Steven Rowe of SR Landscaping.