If you haven’t already built a large terrace in your back garden, it should be on your list of things to do, and with summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to create a relaxation platform. Creating a patio is not difficult, and if you make sure you have a solid concrete base on which to build, your terrace will stand the test of time. Here’s a brief description of what’s involved.
- Creating the base – You will need to excavate at least 8 inches, and once the soil is removed, add a thin layer of hardcore, which should be compressed down tight. Shore up the edges with timber and insert a couple of steel wire mesh sheets, which will give the base added tensile strength. Pour ready mixed concrete into the form, which should leave two inches at the top for the finishing slabs, then leave the concrete to set overnight, and voila, you have your foundation.
- Acquiring the Paving Slabs – Search online for builders’ merchants in Kent, where you will find a wide range of natural and man-made paving slabs, all at affordable prices. The supplier will be happy to deliver to your home, and make sure you have the tools you need prior to starting work.
- Laying the Paving Slabs – A mix of sand and cement layered onto the foundation provides the bed for laying the slabs, and you will need a spirit level and a rubber hammer to tap the slabs into place.
You can get creative with steps, retaining walls and edging stones, and don’t forget to take a picture before and after, which will impress your friends.