Creating a cosy space in your garden can add value to your property and make you experience outside of your house more agreeable. But this decision carries you down to a path of questions and specifics to make this space perfect for your style, needs, and budget.

Firstly, finding a space adequate for the patio is essential for the rest of the project to run smoothly:

  • Is the space I’m planning to use easily accessible and large enough, both for construction and for everyday access?
  • Is it weatherproof, sufficiently protected or should I use specific materials?
  • Will I plant flowers, trees or bushes around or do I keep it minimal?
  • Should it be styled accordingly to my interior as a transition toward the garden, or do I want it to be a separate space?
  • Who will use it? For dinners, summer parties, children, pets?
  • What kind of luminosity would be best for it?
  • What garden furniture will it host?
  • Is the space private enough? Will the construction or its usage disturb the neighbours?

This page will ensure all of your questions and more!

                But before getting into the specifics, the most important thing to determine when planning to create a patio in your garden is the material you will be using as the base. Each type of decks has their own advantages:

  • Traditional wood decking boards feels very natural and often confound themselves with the environment, and if your house has a cabin/cottage/rustic look it would compliment it perfectly.
  • Plastics are easy to clean and safer for children and pets as they don’t have splinters, but can feel a bit rigid and unpersonal in an occupied garden.
  • Stone patios have a majestic feeling to it, but they are expensive and hard to install or implement in the design of your garden.

Our personal favourite would be composite decking boards, they have all the aesthetic colours and patterns as traditional wood, while being as easy to clean or install and safe as plastic, and more easily accessible than stone materials.

To find a space to convert to a patio more easily, lay out lengths and dimensions of the spaces available to potentially build your patio. Map out where everything would be ideally and then list every potential problems, default or shortcomings for your materials, furniture or usage in that space. By having a clear visual of the work needed to create your patio, you will be able to resolve problems before they present themselves when everything is already assembled and ready. The shape of the area you will be used will influence the paving technique you will use.

When you’re satisfied with the dimensions chosen for your patio, lay out the future lengths of your installation by using physical landmarks, such as strings or stones to help you visualize its size better and whether or not to change your original plan. Using smaller boards for your deck can make a patio look larger, while if you have already a big garden, using bigger boards will be more efficient. If you realize the style you previously chosen won’t fit your garden due to its size or look, you might want to consider designing a new project: for example, using decking or gravel more than paving to minimize the risks of water damage or flooding when raining, or to a chose a more modern and chicer look with porcelain or pieces of marble.