Burbage metal and wooden gates, fencing and railing have recently been added to GardenSite, and last week David Coton took the opportunity to visit their Cannock base.
A well laid patio is an ideal area on which to relax and entertain, extending your living space out into the garden. You may be surprised how easy they are to construct, especially if you use a patio kit from Kelkay.
With a Kelkay patio kit, even attractive and intriguing geomentric patterns can be created and laid quickly, transforming both the landscape and your lifestyle.
The Kelkay Sunflare Circle kit forms a graphic representation of a flaming sun in two tone Rustic Sage and York Gold. The paving replicates natural reclaimed stone and covers an area of 9 sq mtrs if you use an optional squaring off kit. Whether circular or square it will look fantastic with a water feature at its centre.
Perhaps an Astral Circle will be more the effect you're after or a distinctive eight petaled flower head, the latter reflecting the fresh hewn look of natural quarried flagstones. With these kits from Kelkay both designs are achievable with a moderate amount of effort, and the effect is stunning.
Circular paving with no pattern or design, just showing off the lovely natural quarried flagstones, can again be squared off and will also look great when combined with a water feature. The kits come in a choice of shades such as Graphite, Autumn Brown, Rustic Sage, York Gold and Abbey Antique.
Sand and cement aren't included in the kits, so you must order these at the same time. Lay the slabs out first to get an idea of the finished design. By doing this you'll also make sure that there's enough room and you won't need to cut any of the stones to fit.
Before you lay the slabs, dig out the area so it can accommodate 75 – 100mm hard core, 50mm of a 9:1 dry mixture of sharp sand and cement, and the depth of a slab. Don't forget that paving must also be 150mm below the house's damp course. And one other thing, the slabs must slope away from the house, falling 12.5mm for every metre.
Keep checking with a spirit level as you go, leaving about 10mm between the stones and sweep in dry sand/cement between the joints when you've finished.
Once the patio is laid, you can start to fully enjoy the summer by introducing outdoor furniture and inviting friends around for a barbecue. When autumn arrives and the evenings are cooler, there are masonry barbecue fireplaces that will take the chill out of the air and are a marvellous natural focal point on the patio.
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