Integrating a patio
with the house
This project is one that
most households will be familiar with - extending the living space of the house
into the garden through the creation of a patio area.
As the before and after
pictures below show, it was not simply a question of laying slabs - the ground
had to be properly prepared, and existing boundaries modified so as to provide
a much more subtle blending of the hard area into the surrounding lawn.
The top photograph shows
the importance of proportion. The width of the steps with adjoining stone walls
has been set to the full width of the French windows to extend the house
proportion into the new area and integrate both areas. Step widths should be
I hope that these
photographs show the benefits of having a professional design even for a small
project such as a patio - where practically all of the labour can be done by
the householder if they so desire.