Paving Slabs are a popular part of most gardens, whether acting as a simple foundation for your shed, decorative paving or as an area for outdoor dining, playing etc. Getting the right products is important because it will help you to create a space that suits your tastes and needs, whilst developing an area that really stands out.

Low Maintenance Garden Ideas

For many people, paving stone is a popular choice when you are looking for low maintenance garden ideas, because unlike grass-based gardens, basic weed pulling is probably as much maintaining that the paving will require.

Decorative patios are also considered by many to be an extension of your home; during the summer months it is where the children play, where the family eat dinner and where you entertain your guests. Therefore, getting the right patio design is just as important as choosing a flooring for your kitchen.

Choosing the right paving slabs for your tastes and needs can be confusing because there are so many concrete and natural stone paving options, but there are a few things you will probably want to think about:

  1. What kind of look are you going for? Think about the materials used in the walls of your home, as well as any garden walling. You might also want to consider what materials are commonly used in the area that you live in. At Howarth Timber we offer a wide range of options including natural stone paving such as sandstone paving, as well as concrete including flags, setts and block paving.
  2. What are you planning on using the area for? If you are planning on enjoying some al fresco dining, you might also want to think about which paving slabs will be less likely to create an uneven surface for tables and chairs. On the other hand, if you want to create a focal point, you might want to choose paving in interesting colours and/or textures.
  3. What pattern are you wanting to achieve? There are several patterns that are commonly used to lay paving slabs:

Stacked: For this design, all of the slabs will be squared and of the same size. They are laid in a grid formation with straight lines. This layout is ideal if you are looking to create a patio that is simple.

Stretched: Paving slabs are laid end-to-end, in what is known as a stretched sequence – a design that is most commonly used in brick walls. This patio pattern can be completed with slabs that are the same size, or by alternating between slabs that are all the same height, but have different widths, to create a more edgy look.

Random: Typically created with slabs of three different dimensions, for example (100 x 100, 50 x 50 and 25 x 25) that are put in a pattern that looks random because of the varying slab sizes.

Circle: This is one of the more decorative layouts for a patio, and is popular amongst gardeners who want their patio to be the main feature, or at least part of it, perhaps alongside gravel, pebbles or regional stones.