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Ultimately you need to decide what you want from your patio. Do you want to entertain lots of friends and family? Do you want to BBQ? Do you want decking or paving slabs?
By drawing a plan of your patio area you’ll have a better idea of how many paving slabs you require. Also include in your plans other details such as plants, cooking area or built-in seating.
After you have decided what your new patio will look like, you will need to think about materials. Garden supply centres are a great place to start because you can see first-hand what they look like. Also find out if there are any “how to” classes on how to install the paving or wooden decking. And planning beforehand will ensure your job doesn’t get out of hand. I didn’t work out how many paving slabs I require when I went to install a paved area down to my summerhouse. To my horror I needed over 1000 slabs. My back knew all about it afterwards. However, it was worth it as 35 years later my walk down to my summerbuildings is via these slabs.
You will find that there are many different options when it comes to patios. You can have a concrete patio, bricks or wood decking. Each have their pros and cons.
Wood decking can look stunning when newly laid but the elements – sun, rain and snow – can take its toll. The wood decking will need to be re-stained and sealed every now and again to keep it looking good.
Concrete is another option for a patio. Concrete is strong however it can crack over time. Concrete is the most affordable choice.
Natural stone is ideal for outdoor use because it’s durable, low maintenance and looks great. Unfortunately it does cost a bit more to buy. However you may think it’s worth it due to the low maintenance and the fact it retains its beauty.
There is more to creating a patio that deciding what to lay on the ground. You’ll also want to think about plants, lighting and seating. There’s more to creating our perfect outdoor haven than a picnic table. You might also want an outdoor fire to give you some extra warmth in the evening.
Colour should also not be forgotten. Plants, herbs and flowers can make your patio come alive. They not only create a relaxed ambiance but they’ll smell great too. So when you are sitting out in your sun room you can enjoy these wonderful fragrances.
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