Creating A Gorgeous Outdoor Patio With Spectacular Paving

Guest post by Hubert Dwight

The patio is that part of the house that is dedicated for relaxation and rest. It is a great place to get away from it all and just enjoy a setting sun after a long stressful day.

There is no better way to make the treasured patio an even more perfect get-away than making it a fully paved affair.

Creating a gorgeous outdoor patio with spectacular paving isn’t a matter of just laying a bunch of slabs.

A number of guidelines have to be adhered to if this project is to be successful.

Below is a brief description of what needs to be done before embarking on the project

Choose  the Right Pavers

These days there are a wide range of pavers to suit most peoples tastes. These range from more natural looking limestone pavers to special finishes such as exposed aggregate feature.

Advances in material science has allowed for the large scale manufacture of pavers that can even withstand sub-zero freezing as well as intense solar radiation ,so most pavers can be used in both temperate and tropical zones.

The best way of making sure that only the best tiles are used is to consult a major supplier that has a good reputation. . . . . Don’t skimp as a well paved patio can last for several generations.


A good base makes a good patio!

Initially the area must be first dug out, set to the correct levels and compacted.

Make sure you dig out and back fill with compacted gravel any soft spots like trench lines aiming for a well compacted gravel base approximately 100mm deep .

Between the pavers and the base there are a couple of options:

  • A fine sand bed (I prefer stabilised sand which is sand with cement added at a proportion of 1 part cement to 20 parts sand)
  • Mortar

Ensure Sufficient Drainage

You need to make sure the paving falls away from the house at an appropriate gradient so the water runs off the paving rather than penetrating the joints and damaging the base.

If you have a roofed patio a fall of 25mm in 1m should be fine, however in the case of an open patio the first 1m from the house should slope away at 50mm.

Plan the Job

Laying pavers without having thought about the layout can waste time and effort.

Decide whether you are going to have a consistent tile size or a range of sizes. (The less consistent the more planning, and cutting of the pavers will be required)
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Think about using different materials such as contrasting border pavers around the edge of the patio.

Allow for expansion joints against buildings and other solid structures as pavers do expand and contract more than you might think.

Use a Professional?

I’ve worked a lot with professional masons over the years, and there is a lot of skill and heavy lifting in achieving a good result that will stand the test of time. . . . .Get someone in to do it if you’re not sure.


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