Work on our Indian Sandstone Ravina patio is progressing very well. The layout of the patio features a split level patio, incorporating a number of elements including a perimeter pathway at ground level to minimize unnecessary lawn wear, a short ramp for easy access, a seamless transition from the house to main patio areas and a generous size patio to provide much flexibility for users to enjoy the mid-day and evening sunshine.
Deciding on patio size, design & material
When it comes to deciding on a new patio, the three most important factors to be considered are size, position / placement and finish.
- Size: When deciding on the size of your patio you should take into consideration the potential number of users of the patio space. For most urban gardens a minimum dimension in length or width should be 3.0m, but for families 4.0m – 5.0m would provide more space / ¬flexibility for table and seating arrangements, BBQ etc.
- Position / placement: When selecting the area where your patio should be place you should base your decision on where the patio (and you!) will benefit from the warm sunshine and when (time of day) the patio will be used. For gardens that have a very sunny aspect and enjoy the sun all day from dawn to dusk, selecting the position is much easier; however when this is not possible the majority of people tend to select a patio position which allows them to enjoy most of the evening sun.
- Material finish: Deciding on what finish is perhaps a bit straightforward. Of the many choices available, few will match the warmth and individual beauty of natural stone, which is why so many people prefer a natural stone finish. Sandstone with its varied hues and textured surfaces is also a very popular choice.