A natural stone patio and entertaining area

A natural stone patio and entertaining area

A lovely natural stone and brick patio, surrounding a conservatory

Today, I thought it would be fun to show you a series of before, during and after pictures of a patio/terrace construction, Mick and Steve who constructed this lovely terrace are extremely skilled craftsmen, if you look carefully at the stone cutting you will see how even all the joints are .
it all starts with good preparation and a sensible foundation, in this case around 100mm ( 4 inch) of graded limestone base well consolidated – if the ground is moist or subject to shrinkage its a good idea to add a geo – fabric beneath the limestone.

You should make sure the finished paving is at least 150mm ( 6 inches) below the damp proof course set in the house brick walls. It is also a very good idea to have a fall away from the house to your drains, ( at least a 1 in 80 fall is required).

Also consider the need for allowing moisture around the house – if you are on heavy clay it is a good idea to allow the clay sub surface to remain a little damp during the summer to prevent heaving.

First the walls and steps are constructed
First the walls and steps are constructed
Note how clean the working area is
Note how clean the working area is
Here Mick is carefully, pointing the natural stone, using a semi dry mixture of soft sand/sharp sand/ cement, in dry conditions to firmly point between the paving joints.
Here Mick is carefully, pointing the natural stone, using a semi dry mixture of soft sand/sharp sand/ cement, in dry conditions to firmly point between the paving joints.
Raised brick seating area
Raised brick seating area
The completed terrace, with low walls to enable larger groupings , for entertaining. The gently curved wall naturally leads the eye around the establishing garden
The completed terrace, with low walls to enable larger groupings , for entertaining. The gently curved wall naturally leads the eye around the establishing garden

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