How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby Beigebomber » Thu Sep 11, 2014 2:16 pm

Any chance we could chip in some ideas on how to add skateable areas into a garden without it being obvious? Basically, like a lot of people on here, I'd concrete my entire garden into a skatepark if I could, but I share it with someone who wants the garden to be all flowers and crap like that.

So how do we go about building grindeable, carveable, rampy bits without it ruining the garden?
There was a great picture a while back on here of a miniramp with a little bar built underneath the platform. I also remember a rumour of someone building a bowl, then putting removeable decking on top. Any pictures of that sort of thing would be great. It's so frustrating having to go miles to a skatepark when I have about 100 square metres of (hilly) ground sitting outside my house doing sod all.
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby GoR64 » Thu Sep 11, 2014 3:43 pm

110m² eh? What I could do with that...

Volcano planters, snake run with woodchip behind the pool coping, ledges full of plants, couple of trees in the middle of the street plaza and obligatory stairs down the steep bits, handrail obviously for safety purposes. Greenery around the outside with a veggie patch, what more could you want?
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Postby Weirdo » Thu Sep 11, 2014 6:13 pm

Sounds a great idea and I am sure it is possible.

Possibly look at gardens for wheelchairs. That might give some ideas but I guess some raised flower beds could work.
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Postby TonyB » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:21 pm

Big Plant Pots with big plants........hide a multitude of skate objects and moveable if necessary.
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Postby K-ROC » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:22 pm

Weirdo wrote:http://hometreehome.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/tumblr_lluiyi6htj1qcq80ao1_5001.jpg


That's brilliant
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Postby Bullet » Thu Sep 11, 2014 7:36 pm

Weirdo wrote:Possibly look at gardens for wheelchairs...


Fuck, that's ironic...
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby jasoncarter » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:27 am

The answer is, of course 'POOL'. When you want to make it disappear just get the hose out and voila - Swimming Pool.

A less facetious answer - and assuming you have an unlimited budget - is a small backyard concrete bowl dug into the ground with decking that can be placed over when you're not using it. Watch out for the drainage otherwise you will end up with a swimming pool, mind.
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby Beigebomber » Fri Sep 12, 2014 7:58 am

The tree house idea has a bit of potential. There are two pines smack in the middle of the garden about four feet from each other (tbh, they may actually be the same tree, joined up underneath somehow) that I already have a little treehouse platform on. I could extend that. Would be very obvious to the outside world though.

Snakerun (it's a path, dear - the sides are sloped to help with drainage), volcano planter, raised beds and suchlike do seem like the best way to go. Would mean putting a rideable surface down on the parts in between, but to be honest, where I live (mountains north of Madrid), it's so hot in summer and so cold in winter that grass is near impossible to grow anyway. Pressed concrete/raised beds/big pots are the way to go.

But yeah, a pool would be awesome. Can't see it happening though. Huge job.
Thanks for the ideas though, the gardens for wheelchairs is a good idea to look up. Gonna do that now.
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby richardmanchester » Fri Sep 12, 2014 11:44 pm

just build a big ramp and put some hanging baskets on it!!!
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby Naus » Tue Sep 23, 2014 2:08 pm

Ya could build a skate track around the garden, like Benji ...

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Postby Beigebomber » Wed Sep 24, 2014 8:33 am

^^^^^^THAT^^^^^^

That is exactly it. It's a fuckload of cement, but that's got to be achievable. Or something like it. Fling some big planters and hanging baskets around the place, paint it a dull shit brown, it's brilliant! :mrgreen:
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby misterbleepy » Wed Sep 24, 2014 10:26 am

Beigebomber wrote:paint it a dull shit brown


or maybe drape artificial grass over it when not using it
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Re: How to make a ramp 'disappear'. Anyone?

Postby Plan9Customs » Thu Dec 31, 2015 3:46 am

Set it on fire or give it away.
Seriously though, shrubs(bushes) or fence it off and put ivy or some plants or trees around "the eyesore". I'm lucky mine doesnt mind it.
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