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Overview

Patios and paths give character and definition to outdoor space. A patio designed as a sitting or dining area can be any part of the garden, but will usually be sited next to the house for convenience. It can be paved with concrete slabs, paving blocks, reclaimed stone or even gravel, and is often connected to other parts of the garden by steps or a paved or gravel path. This short video shows the fundamentals for how to pave your garden. For step by step instructions, use our how to guide.

And make sure you look at our health and safety advice to ensure you complete your project safely as well as effectively.

Patios and paths give character and definition to outdoor space. A patio designed as a sitting or dining area can be any part of the garden, but will usually be sited next to the house for convenience. It can be paved with concrete slabs, paving blocks, reclaimed stone or even gravel, and is often connected to other parts of the garden by steps or a paved or gravel path. This short video shows the fundamentals for how to pave your garden. For step by step instructions on how to lay a basic patio, use our how to guide.

Make sure you look at our health and safety advice to ensure you complete your project safely as well as effectively.

Patios and paths give character and definition to outdoor space. A patio designed as a sitting or dining area can be any part of the garden, but will usually be sited next to the house for convenience. It can be paved with concrete slabs, paving blocks, reclaimed stone or even gravel, and is often connected to other parts of the garden by steps or a paved or gravel path. This short video shows the fundamentals for how to pave your garden. For step by step instructions, use our how to guide.

And make sure you look at our health and safety advice to ensure you complete your project safely as well as effectively.

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Tools and materials

Download your shopping list & take to store where one of our friendly experts will be happy to ensure you have all the correct tools and materials for the job.

Download your shopping list & take to store where one of our friendly experts will be happy to ensure you have all the correct tools and materials to lay a basic patio.

Download your shopping basket & take to store where one of our friendly experts will be happy to ensure you have all the correct tools and materials for the job.

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Step by step

Use our instructional guides for step-by-step help with your paving.

  • Step 1 - Planning your garden
  • Step 2 - Preparing a patio sub-base
  • Step 3 - Setting the fall
  • Step 4 - Laying the first slab
  • Step 5 - Laying the remaining slabs
  • Step 6 - Filling the joints

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Help and advice

Metric converter.
Use this handy calculator to convert between imperial and metric measurements.

Health & Safety

Safety first

Look after your back! If you are laying slabs 600mm x 600mm or larger, you must have someone to help you lift and lay them.

Keep children and pets well away from an uncovered manhole. If necessary, build a temporary guard around it while new concrete dries.

Check with your local authority how far a soakaway should be from a building and which is their preferred method of construction.

When constructing underground drainage systems – with the exception of perforated land drains – make sure that you can rod the pipes in case of a blockage.

When working in an excavation, you must make sure that the soil does not collapse into the hole. If there is any danger of this, shore up the sides with plywood boarding and stout timbers.

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