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The following hints are offered to help you make the best decisions when choosing a new patio or garden pathway and where to lay it. Whether you are installing it yourself or you are getting someone else to do the work for you, there are still certain choices that you will need to make in order to end up with a patio or garden pathway that is perfect for you.
Layout ideas and tips
I typically advise using paving blocks for creating both straight and curving garden pathways, as long as you lay it with clear design guidelines to adhere to. It always used to be the case that block paving was much more costly than concrete flags, but with deals to be had on paving blocks nowadays the price difference is much smaller. Perhaps you have a small garden, which you would like to appear longer? Often this could be accomplished by producing a pathway running all the way down the garden in a "running bond" pattern. Paving blocks laid in this design runs lengthways in the same direction that the pathway runs whilst its joints are offset for durability. Maybe you have a garden that is narrow and as a result you wish it would appear wider. Again, an optical illusion design technique can be utilised. This time lay the concrete block paving in a design known as a "stretcher bond", which creates a widening effect. To generate this result the paving have to be laid lengthways across the the path in staggered rows.
Both of these optical illusions created by the use of "running bond" or "stretcher bond", follow a specific guideline to one used in the field of fashion, where upright lines appear to extend or slim whereas horizontal lines have the effect of expanding. Who said that you learn absolutely nothing from the fashion magazines?
If you want to install a path that won’t appear too prominent and dominate a smaller garden, one suggestion is that you use a stepping stone pathway. These type of paths will certainly be more fitting for a small, compact lawn. Stepping stones are laid flush with, or just below the lawn to enable the mower to pass over unimpeded.
The right suitable space for your patio area
An patio is an outdoor extension you might want to add to your residence and is one that does not need any planning permission. It is your roofless eating area or just an outdoor area in which to relax. Patio areas are primarily used for sitting, enjoying the sunshine and entertaining. With these usages in mind, look for an area that receives direct sun from the south, the west or a mixture of both. Southerly facing outdoor patios provide heat from midday onwards, perfect for those of you who desire to develop a tan. A paved location facing the west will certainly permit you to enjoy the evening sunlight whilst reflecting on the day, with or without a glass of wine. Sun alone is not enough to make your outdoor patio experience an enjoyable one though. You must also seek out an area that is shielded from the wind unless you are going to build some artificial barrier to perform this task. I encounter lovely patios postioned in full sunlight that I find it tough to spend longer than a few minutes on, due primarily to the effects of a cold wind.
Selection of materials and laying patterns
The selection of a paving material really comes down to your personal taste and just what your available budget is. Nevertheless, it is wise to also be led by the followingsome guidelines - firstly you have to know that an outdoor patio commonly performs the function of a transitioning area from home to garden. stone surface which has plenty of visual appeal. The laying style of paving will dictate exactly how you feel when enjoying time on your patio too. If paving is laid in an angled pattern, the sense of movement is reduced which helps to lead to a more relaxing spell in the open space. To enhance the sense of restfulness on a patio created from block paving I suggest using a laying design known as "Basketweave", or, alternatively, the older "Flemish pattern" design. Such patterns minimise movement which is why they are often made use of for paths.
When making a decision on the dimensions of a paved space to create, ask yourself how many residents are in your residence. Use this general rule - install a minimum of four suare metres of paved surface per individual. Don’t forget to factor in a quantity of close friends as well, unless you are a "Billy-no-mates".
If you are without close friends now, you will certainly not continue to be that way for very long when you have created your sun-drenched patio area.