Every garden needs a patio, somewhere to sit and reflect, enjoy your garden, entertain and relax. Often, a patio will be the focal point of a garden so it is important to not only get your patio design right, but to also use the right materials! Bricks, concrete and pebbles can be used, but often the most popular choice is Indian sandstone as they are generally flat and durable.
What type of indian sandstone is right for me?
Choosing what Indian sandstone to use can be a daunting task, as they come in such as vast array of sizes, shapes, colours and textures. Budget will obviously have a big bearing on your decision and you must make sure that whatever paver you choose you are happy with it, because you do not want to have to be taking up and relaying your patio if you can help it.
Buy at the same time to get a matching set
When purchasing your Indian sandstone get them all at the same time, to avoid variations in texture and colour. Popular choices for flags include sandstone, limestone and granite. There are also a lot of imported stones available like Indian sandstone, which is often a cheaper option to some regional stones like Yorkshire stone.
Think long term
Take your time to choose your Indian sandstone. A lot of garden centres and builder’s yards will have them on display for you to view. Choose something that will compliment your existing style and features. You don’t want to spend a lot of money on the ‘in thing’ only to discover it has gone out of fashion in a few years’ time.
Shape & Design
The shape of patio that you choose will depend on your design and the shape and size of your garden. Patios should look natural and flow with the overall design of your garden. Patios can be raised, flat, square, rectangle, round the list is endless. With a bit more space than you might want to consider a patio with curves to create a soft flowing look.
Consider how your patio will be used
Give consideration as to what you will be using your patio for, and what type and size of patio furniture or ornaments are going to be placed on your patio area. I have often seen people build patios which are going to be used as a family eating area, only for the whole patio to be swamped when a family table is placed on it, making it difficult for people to manoeuvre round the table and leaving absolutely no room for anything else such as pots, ornaments or seating. If you intend to entertain on your patio or eat as a family on it, make sure that your patio is big enough. There is nothing worse than designing and building your patio, only to discover it is too small as does not meet your needs.
Where to place your patio
Another very important point of consideration in any patio design is where to place your patio. Patios really can go anywhere in the garden and more and more people are moving away from the traditional positioning of a patio, which is usually adjoining your house. Consider sunlight. Will the position you have chosen for your patio get the sun? Does that position get a breeze compared to other parts of your garden? Will you have to cross wet grass to get to your patio? Will your patio position be overlooked by your neighbours? Finally, how far is your patio from the kitchen if you intend to carry food and drinks to it? Make sure all these points are considered before choosing a location.
There are so many aspects to consider when building a patio, but whatever you do, think about your design carefully and do not rush! Plan carefully so that you end up with a patio that you truly love and can enjoy