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Advice wanted on patio renovation - any builders on here?

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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
It's an old stone mix concrete of some kind, at least 20years old I think and basically it looks ugly, is uneven, is slowly breaking up. It's at the back of the house stopping for the garden (semi) and reaches around the side to the back of the garage and side fences to the front of the house with a side gate.

I'd hazard a guess that a nice bricked patio which matches our front driveway would be an extorionate £4000+

However a simple cheap tarmac would crack and chip within years.

So what I want to know is what should I get (so that I can ask for quotes for that particular type of patio material) that's durable and will last many years but present a nice uniform backgarden and patio area, I've no idea where to look for such things though...

help please :)
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9y, 5m agoPosted 9 years, 5 months ago
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#1
How about gravel for the driveway?
#2
Iom-RF
How about gravel for the driveway?


The driveway is fine, it's the side gate path, back of the garage area and back of the house area which needs help.

However, are you saying we should cover that area it all in gravel? Could a cheap material hide the concrete under it and simple gravel thrown on top you mean?
#3
schizoboy
Could a cheap material hide the concrete under it and simple gravel thrown on top you mean?


Well thats what I was thinking yes.

The huge bags delivered are normally around £50 (Here anyway), From what you're saying you'd probably need a few!!

Its a cheaper option and also offers security (Its a deterrent for burglars as you can hear the crunching on the stones!)
[helper]#4
If you're not wanting to remove the concrete how about putting decking on top? If the ground is level decking is pretty easy to do yourself even if you only have very basic carpentry skills.

labour costs will be the biggest cost of any patio work so you could save quite a bit by doing a decking and doing the work yourself.
#5
Iom-RF
Well thats what I was thinking yes.

The huge bags delivered are normally around £50 (Here anyway), From what you're saying you'd probably need a few!!

Its a cheaper option and also offers security (Its a deterrent for burglars as you can hear the crunching on the stones!)


Well it's a very useful and cheap :thumbsup: suggestion, I'll look into where I can obtain the bags locally and possibly visit a friends place I think has gravel and see what it's like properly :)
#6
gari189
If you're not wanting to remove the concrete how about putting decking on top? If the ground is level decking is pretty easy to do yourself even if you only have very basic carpentry skills.

labour costs will be the biggest cost of any patio work so you could save quite a bit by doing a decking and doing the work yourself.


If i had the time I'd seriously consider that, also I'd be scared of wasting timbre by screwing up, also I imagine with all our rain, winter frosts, summer humidity all the wood would have to be treated very well, once every few years at least, so interesting suggestion which I imagine would be cheap if i DIY'd it, not really an option for me, thanks though.
#7
Looking closer at the gravel solution it seems I would have to measure gravel boards out so I would be forced to do some timbre work whether I liked it or not so I can stop the gravel spilling down the steps into the garden or up into blocking the inbound swinging sidegate. But I think only 2-4 boards are required which I think I can manage.
[helper]#8
I think you want anything else eg paving or tarmac I suspect the concrete would have to be removed. I guess you could get some landscapers to come round and give some suggestions/quotes but I suspect it won't be cheap. I had small/medium patio done a month ago and most landscapers were quoting around £3000 (about a third of which was materials and two thirds labour costs).
#9
NO gravel, stones everywhere, kids throwing it around, no wheelchairs on it, no no no no

Plain riven slabs in different sizes laid at angles, and with different colours. Builder merchants are the cheapest for bulk urchases, don't go to wickes.
#10
No kids
No wheelchairs

It's a houseshare of tenants and gravel has seemed nice where I have seen it, any other reasons? It would be interesting to hear what the real downfalls of gravel are, my biggest concern was it moving about leaving bare patches and constantly having to fix it.

Slabs sounds interesting, but means customising alot of them for the edges I think no? Sounds quite cumbersome and needs to be cemented in I thought

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