For Episode one of Love Your Garden, we had a fantastic time in Hull. This is me arriving early on site to get the hard landscaping started. It was a small garden, and for the centrepiece we created a circular patio that would also act as a dancefloor.
Having a central patio is an incredible feature, because, rather than just having it bolted onto the back of the house, you get a garden that wraps itself the around the focal point of the patio. It’s a stunning effect.
I also enjoyed the opportunity to create a circular space. It’s a bit more challenging, and involves a lot more cutting with the paving, but it’s well worth it.
The product we used for the patio was a porcelain tile from Bradstone called Madera, and the quality of these tiles really blew me away. They’re thin, which makes them easier to transport and manoeuvre; this was really handy on this project because of the small access passage, as you will see.
The definition of the pattern on the surface of the tile is absolutely superb, and when laid it really does look like wood flooring. But of course porcelain is hard-wearing and will last for years. Another benefit is that, unlike wood, it doesn’t need treating and it doesn’t become a slip hazard with algae growth.
As you can see we always try to keep the new flooring covered with all of the dirty feet stamping about and heavy equipment being lugged around.