If you are putting down a patio that is specifically for outdoor dining, then I have a tip for you remember: leave plenty of room. Many people will build a patio that is big enough for their table and chairs, but they don’t leave enough space around it. When you are sitting at a table and you need to get up, you often need to push the chair out significantly to give yourself room to stand comfortably and get out. The paving needs to take this into account or suddenly you’ll have chair legs going into your borders or people struggling to untangle themselves from the furniture. Make sure you sit down and test it out first. We put in quite a sizeable dining area for this garden, and I got to make an oak table and benches out of sleepers, which I must say looked the business.
There are a variety of ways to point between the stones. Bradstone has its very own product called Bradpoint, which make the job of pointing up stones really easy, and the finished look is absolutely amazing.
If you like the natural stone effect and you want to do it in your own garden, there’s plenty of different natural stone products to look for on the Bradstone website. And if you want to have it laid professionally, take a look at the Bradstone Assured installers scheme, where you only find accredited hard landscapers that will do a marvellous job, and you get a 5 year guarantee on the installation.
For this last picture you can see something that just adds a little character and personality to your patio area. The family have made their own paving slab using concrete, marbles, beads, and things like that. It’s a lovely touch, making the paving more than just functional, but personal and aesthetic as well, and a great way to put your family’s stamp on the garden.