Now that the New Year is upon us, many homeowners are turning to their gardens and patios to see how they can be improved in order to get maximum enjoyment from them when the weather begins to warm up in the spring.
Not only are patios attractive and provide you with extra space for entertaining, dining or sitting out, they can also add value to your home and help you get even more enjoyment out of your outdoor space. So, whether you’re looking to upgrade your patio or want to add another element to your garden, here’s our step-by-step guide to designing and installing your own patio.
Step 1: Function
The first question to ask before designing or installing your patio is ‘what will I be using it for?’ Do you want to entertain guests and dine al fresco or is it just somewhere for you to go to relax and soak up a few extra rays of sun?
Answering this question will influence the design, layout, positioning and size of your patio so it’s important to get it right at this stage. If your patio is too small or not fit for purpose, you’re not going to get as much use from it.
Step 2: Location
Once you know what you’re going to be using your patio for, you will have to decide on its location in your garden. Directly next to the house leading from patio doors, the kitchen or conservatory is the most popular choice because it provides easy access to the house and food when entertaining.
If you have a large garden and you want to create a cosy, sun-lit spot to relax in, you could consider laying your patio in a spot further away from the house to help you be at one with nature and sit somewhere a little quieter where you’re not going to be disturbed.
Step 3: Size
When designing and laying your patio, make sure you provide enough space for your chosen function. Remember that you need enough space for furniture, barbecues and fire pits so create a patio that’s big enough to accommodate these features comfortably. Ensure that your patio also fits the scale of your home and garden to integrate it as much as possible and make it look like an extension of your home rather than an odd add-on.
Step 4: Building materials
When choosing the materials for your patio, make sure you choose materials that complement the age and style of your home. If you don’t match the patio to your home, it’s likely to stand out and look odd and ruin the look of your property.
For a patio, you’re looking for a long-lasting and durable stone that will weather well and not become slippery or damaged during the winter. Our York Stone paving is perfect for creating a hard wearing patio that’s low maintenance and will remain attractive throughout its whole lifetime.
Step 5: Don’t Cut Costs
When it comes to buying the materials and laying your patio, make sure you don’t cut costs. If you don’t feel that you have the knowledge, time or skill to do it yourself, ask a professional to come in and give you their opinion. The key to getting a patio that’s usable and will last for many years to come is laying the stone properly and effectively and designing it well.
Other cheaper stone that looks like York Stone is available, however, it is not as hard wearing or durable and could cost you more in the long term if you have to replace it or it becomes slippery and unusable during wet or cold weather conditions.