raising ground height to create paved area

My garden is split level.  The upper part has been created by building decking on to a frame.  I would like to replace this area partly because the timber is rotten and also because foxes have a habit of building their dens underneath it.  I would also like to replace it with something more solid and enduring  ie. paving - what is the best way to raise the ground level to form a basis for paving at the required height (18 inches or so).  I'm also a bit stuck as to what to do then with the surrounding beds - will I also have to raise them?  I would be really grateful for your advice or any suggestions.

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 14,701

    It sounds a bit like part of our garden. Retaining walls, in our case stone, were needed first, then a large amount of hardcore had to be brought in, a wacker plate hired, sand poured on top, paving slabs laid and cement pointing put between them.  A lot of work and not cheap.

    We began to do it ourselves and then saw that it would a whole lot, a whole lot, better if someone professional did it. I don't regret paying them to do it. Backbreaking.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • umamiumami Posts: 2

    Thanks pansyface.  That does sound exactly what is needed.

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