What does a typical town home owner look for when specifying a patio? Recently, one of our sales team had an interesting discussion with a client who was looking for some advice. She lives in a Victorian mid-terrace in St Albans and is considering having her town garden redesigned and came up with a number of questions about the brief she was going to give a local garden designer.
She was very clear that she wants natural stone paving, rather than man-made paving, that will look good in years to come which can cope with cold, wet weather and a north facing aspect. So, a surface that will provide some grip is needed
Indian sandstone paving, which has a riven surface, would definitely fit the bill. One of the denser varieties, such as the Kandla Grey or Raj Green, would be more resistant to algae growth which can be an issue in damp and shady gardens. Alternatively, the client could consider our range of shot blasted or tumbled sandstone, or the flamed basalt and granite since all of these surface finishes will provide the extra grip required. We recommended coming in to one of our showrooms to see the surfaces and colours of the different stones in situ.
The other criteria was for a paving stone which requires minimal maintenance. We directed her to information on our recommended sealing products which offer protection from water absorption and staining, reducing the amount of time and effort required cleaning and maintenance.
A discussion with one of our team made the client realise that the patio forms the transition point between the house and the garden, with one flowing easily into another. The colour of the patio paving needs to harmonise with the house bricks, which are a soft red. We directed her to our website which is full of information including product, sealing, installation and maintenance guides for each of the stone paving ranges.
We also advised the homeowner to consider matching step treads as there is a drop from the French doors which lead from the kitchen to the garden and a slight change in level further down the plot. A path was also suggested linking the patio to the far end of the garden, with the paving slabs of the same colour but in a smaller size than those chosen for the patio.
Armed with a lots of suggestions, this home owner is now in a position to talk to a garden designer or landscaper with a firmer idea of the brief for the hard landscaping elements of her new garden.