Making the patio work for you

By on 15th August in Garden

With the wonderful weather we have been experiencing over the last few weeks, making the most of our gardens and outdoor spaces has become even more important when relaxing and entertaining at home.

The patio becomes an outside room, an extension to your home.  It gives you the opportunity to increase your seating area during the Summer period when it is nice to be able to sit outside and take advantage of the evening air; and when the temperature drops you can retreat in to the warmth of your conservatory and still enjoy the views of your garden.

If you are thinking of extending, revamping or building a new patio area spend some time planning you project.  Patios can cost from a few hundred to a few thousand pounds,  so always think about what you need to achieve from the area.  Here are some suggestions you might like to consider, before digging up flower beds or ripping up the grass.

  Anglian Verandah Conservatory

The contemporary look of the Anglian Veranda Conservatory which compliments the large patio area.

What do you want to use your patio for?

– Will it be for eating and entertaining friends and family or just for you?
– Are you using the area purely for relaxation?
– Will it have a dual purpose?

Plan the location in the garden

– How you will access the area, a flat path, steps or a gentle sloping ramp.
– Do you have family or friends that have difficulty walking or need wheelchair access.
– Does it need to be near the house or away from the house?
– Does it need to be in or out of the sun at particular times in the day?
– Is it to be a secret location, a hide away in the garden or open for everyone to see?


Anglian Home Improvement Conservatory

A patio area to the side of the Elizabethan conservatory giving plenty of room to move around

What size should the patio be?

– What is the minimum and maximum number of people you would like to be able to sit on the patio area?
– Will it have tables and chairs standing on it at all times?
– Will it need to stand additional items on it like  fire pits, BBQ’s, sunbeds etc.?

If you are unsure of the size you need, measure your current dining area, this will give you a rough idea of the area that you need.
Remember if the patio is too big and it can look out of context in the garden, also if it is too small you will not be able to use it as you wish too.


Anglian Home Improvements Coservatory

 The patio flows around the edge of the Victorian conservatory and house and links to the house and garden with steps

What style and shape of patio would you choose?

– Square, rectangle, round, triangular or a mix of one style with curves?
– Will it include a retaining wall on the edge of the patio?
– Will it have integrated/raised flowerbeds?
– Will it include a pond?
– If you have a table already, choose the shape and size of patio that best suits your table and chairs

What materials would you like to use?

– Wood or stone, paving slabs or gravel?
– Choose colours that compliment the colours of your home brickwork/woodwork


Anglian Home Improvements Coservatory

Integrating  flowerbeds on the patio in front of the Regency conservatory, still give enough room for the table and chairs

What extras would you like to include in the area?

– Pergola, umbrella or sun-sail cover for very hot days
– Space for adding a BBQ and/or a Fire pit
– Extra fixed seating
– Storage space
– Additional lighting


– Set a budget and stick to it.  Perhaps you maybe able to have a contingency fund for that unexpected overspend.
– Be realistic about what you can afford
– Will you need to employ professionals to lay the patio for you or will you be able to do the work yourself?

We hope that this has given you a few ideas to consider before making the changes to your garden and patio.  If you have any other tips and ideas that you would like to share with us, then please send them through to [email protected]

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