With a patio, you can transform an outdoor living area into a dream garden. Whatever weather the Autumn brings, there is now a huge range of different materials with which to do this.
Concrete Flagstones – are available in many designs and colours, from traditional styles such as Marshalls’ market leading Heritage product to ultra contemporary styles such as Marshalls’ Argent range, which offers a choice of textures and includes a new dark Graphite colour for 2008. Concrete flags are available in many different sizes offering a wide choice of design options for all types of homes.
Indian Sandstone – Renowned for its natural beauty, Indian sandstone will add a luxurious and exotic feel to any outside area and works particularly well when incorporated with a water feature. Marshalls’ Haworth Moor Paving is a truly ethically sourced natural sandstone range of paving, setts and walling, available in a range of colours, which offers enduring quality for timeless appeal. Carefully calibrated to a consistent thickness of 25mm to ensure ease and speed of installation, the Haworth Moor paving range now also includes Haworth Moor Sawn, a contemporary alternative to the riven product with a beautiful smooth finish.
And unlike imported natural stone from many other manufacturers, it is sourced ethically from Marshalls’ exclusive supplier in India, ensuring that workers receive a fair deal and decent working conditions.
Buying Indian sandstone in the UK from an independently audited source is the only way you can be sure your new patio has not been produced by young children or bonded labour. By choosing to buy from Marshalls, you can still enjoy the dream of natural stone landscaping, rather than helping to perpetuate the nightmare of child and bonded labour.
Cobblestone Setts – These offer a time saving and efficient way to lay a cobbled path. They work particularly well in a more traditional garden and offer flexibility to create curves and different shapes. Cobblestone Setts provide a stunning option for a traditional looking pathway.
National Trust Replica Paving – The National Trust range is ideal for more traditional properties and rustic gardens. This is the first ever replica paving range copied from actual paving in National Trust properties. Steeped in history, each paving flag has the markings and characteristics of the originals and for each flag sold, a financial contribution goes to the National Trust.
Natural Granite – The Eclipse natural granite range is ideal for contemporary gardens due to its unusual shape. Light and dark greys open up enhanced opportunities for design flexibility and can be used with other colours to create a contrasting style.
Dreaming of a New Garden?
Are you dreaming of a garden makeover or a new driveway? If so, then you need to be planning ahead. You can transform your garden yourself if you have the necessary skills but, if you don’t have the time or the expertise you should seek professional help.
Reputable contractors can be booked up for weeks and sometimes months in advance. This way you will be able to confirm the plan and design and ensure you will have the project completed in time. Here are some of the main points you need to consider:
Consider your lifestyle and what you need from your garden space. Do you enjoy gardening? Do you need a lawned area? Or would you like to go for a very low maintenance option? Who is going to use the garden? Will you be entertaining? Gardens are now multi purpose living spaces with people using them for many things including play areas, socialising spaces and relaxation areas.
Often the easiest and most effective way to design a garden is to take inspiration from the surrounding architecture and the best products to suit your space. Check out the latest in landscaping designs and products and see how your design looks in 3D by logging on to Marshalls’ Garden Visualiser at www.marshalls.co.uk/transform/garden_visualiser/
Choose the Style
The style of your garden should say as much about you as your personality and the style of your house. You can create a minimalist, chic haven, or a traditional country garden – whatever design best suits your lifestyle and home.
Create an Outdoor Dining Area
If you enjoy dining outdoors, consider the space you need – do you need to build a BBQ area as well as a patio for seating? This is important as outdoor entertaining and dining can be enjoyed most of the year with the use of outdoor patio heating lamps.
Create a Focal Point
It is important to have one or more focal points to draw the eye through the space. You can establish your own centrepiece with a garden sculpture or maybe a water feature. There is no doubt that the sound of running water is calming and the reflective qualities of water can add a stunning design element. Or you could consider a paving feature such as a circular or octant feature?
This is the fun bit where you get to stamp your personality on your dream garden – once you have an overall design and plan in mind you can add the ultimate finishing touches to make your garden unique to you. Consider the style and colour of planting, plant pots and garden furniture. Add intimate details such as garden sculptures, ornaments and candles to create your very own individual look.
With Marshalls beside you, creating the outdoor area of your dreams is easy. Our expertise in transforming gardens and driveways means we can take care of all aspects of the design and installation of your project.