1. Keep your objective in mind
Whether your intention is to increase the value of your home or to create a usable space for your friends and family to enjoy, keeping the main objective in mind will ensure cohesion and keep the budget on track.
2. Patio positioning and privacy
Think about the best position for your patio. Where does the sun sit in your garden at the time you are most likely to use the space? Consider how you can take advantage of views or alternatively create a private retreat.
3. Think about size
Are you planning a cosy area for two people, an area for the family to dine alfresco or even
an outdoor kitchen for entertaining? Ensure the furniture you will need fits in the space with room to walk around it.
4. Consider zonal spaces
A great way to add zones to your patio is to create split levels with stepped areas. You can create zones in more cost effective ways using planting combined with features such as paving circles, walling and edging.
5. It’s all about style
Think about your personal style and be sensitive to the style of your house. A modern house may suit more contemporary paving styles and traditional paving lends itself well to period properties.
6. Set a budget
Knowing what you want to spend and tracking your purchases is an important part of the planning process. Whether you need to account for a professional landscaper or you want to splurge on new planting, setting a budget at the start of the project will mitigate overspend.
7. Consider design trends
If you want to be at the forefront of garden design trends, minimalistic contemporary design with an indoor/outdoor lifestyle using tones of silver and grey is where you need to head. In terms of materials, porcelain products are increasingly popular, with concrete being widely used within interior and exterior design for its industrial chic.
8. Account for drainage and access
Using a Bradstone Assured installer will ensure that all the necessary groundworks and building regulations are covered. If you plan to DIY, think about access into your property, how rainwater will drain and if there are trees or manhole covers to navigate.
9. Plan it out first
Drawing out the garden to even the most basic scale will help you plan your patio and wider garden. Our online patio planner can help with the detail of paving and our design packs and mood boards can give guidance on garden styles and planting.
10. Choosing materials
Whether you opt for concrete, natural stone or porcelain, each come with their own benefits so it’s important for you to know what these are in order to pick the one best suited to your needs. See here for more information.