If you enjoy al-fresco dining and social drinks at your home, why not transform your garden with a beautifully-paved patio feature? To help you get started, here are a few pointers, courtesy of your friends at LTC Tree Surgery:
You may decide to lay your new patio all by yourself, as this may seem like the most cost-effective option. However, if you are not experienced in excavating and working with cement, consulting with a reputable landscaper is advisable. By hiring a time-served landscaper, you can also rest assured that the work will be carried out safely and to a professional standard.
Pave the Way for a Show-stopping Patio Feature
Whether you decide to take the DIY approach or get a little help from the experts, you’ll still need to decide which style of paving would best suit your new patio space. Here are just a few of the options you may consider:
Concrete is a widely-popular paving option that creates an attractive look without breaking the bank. It is a manmade material that faithfully replicates the look of traditional stone. Although relatively inexpensive to install, concrete is not quite as durable as stone paving and may require periodic maintenance.
Renowned for its stylish looks and durability, natural stone is far less prone to breaking and cracking than many other paving materials. It can easily withstand the frost and adverse weather seen in the coldest parts of the UK. Although a little more expensive than entry-level materials, a natural stone patio can offer an excellent return on investment and will give your home’s kerb appeal a significant boost!
Sandstone is a versatile paving finish that’s particularly suited to traditional countryside cottages, although it can also make an equally attractive addition to your suburban garden space.
If you’re shooting for a contemporary look and have little time for maintenance, porcelain is a smart choice. It’s even resistant to scratches and colour fading.
Make Room for Some Garden Furniture!
Once your patio feature has been paved, the next step is to populate it with some stylish, practical garden furniture.
Metal tables and chairs are a smart choice here, as they are highly durable and require minimal maintenance whilst helping to create a modern feel. Alternatively, you may wish to invest in a traditional wooden picnic bench to lend a little rustic appeal to your patio.
And while this may be a considered purchase, a cool, comfortable patio sofa could make your outdoor recreation space complete.
Shop around and you’re sure to find a garden furniture set that suits your personal taste and budget. One thing to bear in mind is that some garden furniture and furnishings may need to be stored when not in use and during adverse weather. An outdoor storage box can be used to neatly stash any cushions from your furniture sets.
Cook up a Storm!
Putting on a well-organised summer barbecue on your patio can earn you some serious popularity points from your friends, family and neighbours! With a good quality patio barbeque, you’ll have the chance to be the host or hostess with the most, serving up tasty bites on the grill.
A barbecue may be the most popular option when it comes to outdoor cuisine, but it’s not the only one. You can also opt for an outdoor wood fired pizza oven. These are available in many striking traditional and modern designs to complement your patio space. What better way to enjoy a languorous summer afternoon than with your favourite cool drink and a hearty slab of home-cooked pizza?
Turn up the Heat
You may think that patios are best enjoyed during spring and summer, however, with the warming glow of a fire or heater they can be made equally inviting during the colder months.
Investing in good quality electric heating lamps will allow you and your guests to take full advantage of your patio space all year round. A traditional chiminea or wood burning stove can also add appeal to your patio, whilst providing much needed heat. If you opt for a wood burning stove, ask your landscaper whether they can provide firewood logs.
We hope you enjoyed our latest article and now have plenty of inspiration for your new patio feature. No matter what you have in mind, we wish you the very best of luck with your project.