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Patio Design Ideas for your Garden

Unsure how to layout your new patio? Our guide is here to help.

The patio forms a key part of your landscape design, as it's a popular place for creating a full outdoor experience for al fresco dining with table and chairs, fire pits, etc. Therefore, getting this area right is incredibly important. 

Once you have chosen the paving that you want (if you need help with this, check out our Choosing the Right Paving for Your Garden blog post), the next step is to figure out the overall garden design and how any paving is going to fit in with it. Getting this right is crucial, not only because you want to enjoy your outdoor space, but also because it will add value to your property if you choose to sell in the future.   

Planning Your Space  

Chances are that if you are thinking about adding a patio, you have at least a rough idea of where you want it to be in your garden. However, it’s essential that you plan the space wisely, so you’ll want to think about:  

  • How much of your garden you want to be paved; smaller gardens can benefit from being fully paved as it can make them look bigger, however, if you have a larger space to work with, you might want to have a think about how much you want to take away from any grassy areas.  
  • Will the patio be located right out of your back door? If not, how will you be led to it? This is key if you will be carrying items such as food and drink between your home and patio area.  
  • Do you need to consider existing flower beds? Maybe you want to add new ones?  
  • Are there any trees that might affect your patio? Either with overhanging branches or roots that may cause damage to your paving over time? Be aware that if there are any trees that might need chopping down, you may need to apply for planning permission if you live in a conservation area, so always do your research.  
  • Do you want to add lighting? If so, how will this be powered? If you need to add cables, this should be done prior to laying your paving.  

Once you know where the patio is going to be situated, we recommend measuring the area to give you an idea of how much paving you will need to purchase.  

Patio Layout  

As with most areas of life, it’s easy to make things complicated when planning the layout of your patio. However, it’s vital to remember to K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid).   

If you are looking at laying either Natural Sandstone or Limestone Paving, we strongly recommend purchasing a Contractor Pack; not only because these packs contain a variety of stunning and complementing colour schemes in all the popular ranges, they feature paving slabs in a variety of different sizes to help create interesting layouts for your garden.   

The Natural Sandstone Contractor Pack is available in:  

A suggested layout using this pack:  

Aerial videos are a great way of getting inspiration, as well as capturing a more “real” feel for what your paving could look like. More are available on the Pavestone website. You’ll notice that different materials will look very different in various layouts:  

The Limestone Contractor Pack is ideal if you are looking to create a contemporary feel to your garden and is available in:  

  • Black Kadapha  

A suggest layout using this pack:  

The Boring Stuff  

Alongside planning your lighting, you will also want to ensure that you plan any necessary drainage. This is especially critical if there is potential for your garden to become waterlogged. In most cases, you will need to create a gradient to allow water to run off.  

This might seem like an annoyance; however, poor drainage might not only damage your patio and garden, it could also cause problems for your home including subsidence which can make getting insurance and even selling your property in the future, difficult.  

Finishing Touches  

No matter which paving you have chosen or how you are going to lay it out, you will probably want to add some finishing touches.  

If you are creating contemporary paving, using Black Kadapha, choosing furnishings and planters etc that are made from ceramic, glass or driftwood will look fantastic.  

Whilst, if you are creating a traditional style of garden, with one of the classic sandstone paving options, then you might choose something more earthy, such as Oak for your finishing touches.  

All our natural stone paving can be delivered free nationwide, you can view our full range online. 

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Kat Musselwhite – HT Blogger