patio

  1. robbbbbbbb

    Patio on a slope

    I want to build a patio and the ground is on a slope. Maybe 15-20cm across a 4 metre patio. I know I have to dig down 15-20cm to get past the softer soil. My question is: Do I need to dig down further in the higher end so the ground is level before adding MOT1, or can I avoid the extra digging...
  2. T

    Damp-proof course below 150 mm - is this a problem when selling a house?

    We're having a new patio installed and the builders are doing a great job. However, I'm concerned to see the new level is only 120 mm below the damp proof course in places. The new level also comes about an inch above the bottom of an air brick which doesn't look right and I suppose could...
  3. MattyP182

    Patio repointing advice

    Hi all, I'm thinking of repointing our patio. I have only repointed a few bricks on a wall before with a ready mixed repair product. For the patio I was going to use Blue Circle Mortar which only needs to be mixed with water, it's a cement grey colour I beleive. I suspect I would be quite slow...
  4. S

    Thoughts on Lean to/Enclosed Walkway connecting house and garage?

    Hi All Got an interesting semi DIY project lined up, and wanted thoughts from anyone who's done anything remotely similar, and problems you ran into. I've got a double story brick house with a detached simple double garage (also brick) sitting to the side. The garage sits offset to the back...
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    Do you need to cement down garden slabs

    Do you think I can get away with not cementing the slabs down. I just want to do a sub base and a layer of sand to seat the slabs in... I have slabs vertically placed along the length on both side as a "retaining wall". Dug down about half away in the ground. The slabs will seat in between them...
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    Can I slope a patio left to right

    I have a summer house located at the far end of my garden, connected to the main house by a decking walkway. Eitherside this walkway are large green spaces. Due to the decking deteriorating after 10 years, I'm planning to replace it with garden slabs. However, I'm aware that the slabs need to be...
  7. P

    Footing for a small stone wall

    I’m currently redoing my patio. Current patio is slightly raised and appears to be made from just crazy paving laid on mud and sand. To begin with I’ve dug a small trench to erect a small stone wall along one edge where the patio boundary was basically non-existent. This wall will only be a...
  8. A

    Am I being fussy about patio stones staining

    We've just had a new sandstone pathway installed up the side of the house and meeting the existing patio along with some patching around some removed brick planter and replacement of metal drain covers. I was aware we would never be able to match the existing stones exactly and it wouldn't be...
  9. A

    Patio level above DPC

    There is a bit of damp in the external solid walls of my house where the patio has been built up above the level of the DPC, bridging it. I believe it may have also covered air bricks so the underfloor void is unventilated. I've sketched the current arrangement. I'm considering what would be the...
  10. J

    Patio slope towards house

    Hi - I have a question about a patio that a tradesmen is currently laying for me. It is halfway through being installed and we haven’t noticed any problems yet, but on doing a little bit of searching of the internet (just so I am a little bit more educated on the topic when he asks me...
  11. J

    Would you recommend a sail shade here?

    We're having the garden landscaped at the moment and as it faces south west, we get a lot of sun through the kitchen/patio doors...although not when this pic was taken: While we have internal blinds, the heat gain/glare is still quite annoying so I'm looking at a number of options to shade...
  12. E

    Laying geotextile weed suppressant fabric

    Hi everyone, I’m going to be laying sub base for the patio soon and have woven geotextile fabric to put down beneath it. Ideally I’d like to knock in some pegs at the required sub base height at various points to help me gauge levelling etc but that will mean the fabric will have holes in it...
  13. M

    patio job and DPC in wall

    We are getting our existing cracked patio and concrete path replaced with a new sandstone patio. It was recommended lowering path depth to below the air bricks to avoid splash back. The kitchen is a solid floor and Below the concrete were a layer of bricks which have been removed. The builder is...
  14. J

    Patio Sealer

    I had a Beaufort flag patio (https://www.tobermore.co.uk/homeowner/products/paving-flags/beaufort-flags/) laid last year and just given it a quick clean. Was looking for recommendations for a sealant? Had a look online but just curious to see what's recommended on here, Cheers, Jordan
  15. U

    Patio solutions for low air brick and DPC

    Hi all, I am in the process of planning my garden and I have a bit of an issue which I am not sure how to resolve. I have 2 air bricks at the back of the house which are about 100mm from ground level (cement floor). I DPC is also not that much higher. (maybe another 20mm). Is there a way to...
  16. E

    Laying pattern for 4 size Indian Sandstone Raj Green Slabs

    Hi, I will soon be ready to lay the Indian Sandstone Paving slabs that I have acquired. I have x2 15m² packs so a total of 30m². The area I have to cover is shown in the attached image and is not square however the area at the bottom right is square. The diagram shows the 100x100mm edging...
  17. B

    Brick edging for small patio, edging first or geotextile first?

    Hi I wonder if anyone can offer me some advice. I’m planning on laying a smal 2x3m patio area off the back of our house on MOT and sharp sand. We have very clay soil and have been advised to lay a woven geotextile to help with ground stabilisation. The garden slopes away from the house so I...
  18. M

    What can I mix with rubble to make a hardcore base ??

    So I have bought a metal shed and have some 60cmx 60cm reinforced slabs to lay… My plan was to do a hardcore mix (whacker plate) followed by a dry mix and slabs… However for the hardcore mix what I plan to reuse lots of old rubble, mainly chunks, that I already have (see pic) however what...
  19. M

    Patio Grid installation

    Hello, Thank you in advance for all who will take time to support! I am planning to install patio grid in my garden to give some firmness to my heavy clay soil. Now I understood I need to dig around 150mm and put around 70mm hard subbase 40mm of Sharp sand and the 40mm of the grid filled...
  20. E

    Installing Aco channel drain.

    Hi everyone, I'm building a patio from Indian sandstone slabs and have planned to install an Aco RainDrain channel drain at one end of it (see drawing). The fall is 1:80 towards the drain. The drain will be about 3.3m long. My question is do I need to have a fall on the aco drain? I wasn't...
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