The previous contractor on this project left without finishing, leaving behind a poorly laid patio and a very angry customer who invited Ultimate Garden to rectify the problems.
The kandla grey flag stones were laid in regimental straight lines instead of being laid in a random and much more attractive way, details like this can make or break a garden’s look and feel.
The flags (Laid by the previous contactor) were laid on spots of mortar as opposed to a full bed of cement with no cavities. Using a soild full bed gives the patio much more strength and will ensure that they stay put for many years to come, also the flat bed reduces the chance of ants building nests in the cavities.
To make things worse the materials in the foundation (Hard Core) for the patio were scrimped and were simply not adequate.
After lifting all the patio slabs we added the correct amount of hard core and compacted it down using a vibrating plate providing a suitable base for us to lay down the slabs in the correct manner.
To edge the patio and make a respectable job we laid decorative flint chippings chosen by the customer from the range we offer. We brought in additional paving stones and cut a curve to break up the straight edges of the patio and allow access to the steps to a lower garden, this was then edged using cobbles.
The patio was pointed using a buff coloured resin mortar which is much stronger than the usual sand and cement.
We took away the grassed area and replaced with flint chippings. Using a weed membrane directly over the soil then adding flint chippings to the level of the new patio and the and blocked paved area around the conservatory. As you can see from the photos we cut a full patio slab on two sides to match the curve of the patio and block paving, another finishing touch.