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With summer well on its ways and the weather finally looking good, now is THE perfect time to start planning your garden renovations. And what better way to do so than to create a gorgeous looking patio that makes your outdoor space not only look incredible but extremely practical too. 

A well-designed and well-installed patio can turn any garden into a space where you can spend countless hours with friends and family enjoying your surroundings as well as providing an opportunity to get your creative juices flowing. 

In this blog, we take a closer look at outdoor patios and in particular, outdoor tiles for steps, allowing you to create a patio that allows your garden to become more accessible and practical in the process.

So, what are we waiting for? Let's get into it...

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Paved garden

Now that winter is out of the way and spring is right on our doorstep, you can make a start on sprucing up your home ready for the warmer weather and the easing of lockdown restrictions!

One way you can do this is by giving your garden a paving overhaul, replacing the tired, worn slabs that have been there for years with some new, sleek and stylish slabs that are not only guaranteed to catch the eye of any passerby but slabs that will last the test of time and withstand the elements!

One question that is commonly asked when it comes to new paving projects, however, is whether planning permission is needed. So, if you're planning on laying new paving and are wondering the same, PrimaPorcelain is here to help!

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For many people, the initial lockdown was a real struggle that presented many issues. For others, however, it provided an opportunity to make some much-needed improvements. Whether this was to themselves, their lifestyle or to their home! 

Well, for one homeowner, it's safe to say the latter certainly applies to them. A recent customer of ours was one of the many people up and down the country that used the extra time they found themselves having to make some incredible enhancements to their home, in particular, their outdoor living space. 

Hoping to renovate and transform their garden area, the in question customer placed a sample order for our stunning Cotswold Ivory porcelain pavers, a flooring product that brightens up any outdoor space with beautiful warm hues. 

Having received their samples, the customer decided that this product was just the thing they were looking for to complete their garden transformation and proceeded to discuss with our helpful sales team their exact needs and requirements. With clear and thorough communication, we were able to provide the customer with the right amount of paving slabs that they needed to bring their new outdoor design to life. 

Here are the results:

  

Thanks to our stunning porcelain paving, this homeowner was able to create a breathtaking outdoor space that they are now able to enjoy all-year-round. Using the light-coloured tiles to contrast the popping colours of the garden furniture and the abundance of plants, they were able to create a truly quirky garden design that is sure to stand out from the rest. 

An added bonus of installing our porcelain products is the low-maintenance properties that they offer. With extremely low porosity levels and high resistance to all forms of scratching, abrasions and fades, this customer's garden is set to look incredible for years to come with very little effort - fantastic! 

Are you interested in transforming your garden?

If you are considering a complete garden makeover with a new patio, be sure to check out our range of porcelain products today! Click below to browse our outdoor tiles.

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For more information, be sure to get in touch with a member of the PrimaPorcelain team today, we'd be more than happy to discuss your requirements.

Anyone that has ever attempted to renovate their outdoor space will know that the art of creating a great looking garden is a real skill.

Imagination, creativity and ambition can see your garden go from plain old plot to superstar social spot in no time. Meanwhile, poor design, shortcuts and lack of planning can just as easily see a solid idea disintegrate into disaster.

That being said, with so much choice and variation on the market, it can be hard to know where to start when it comes to garden design. Just as similarly, it can be hard to know where to finish.

To help you out with the latter, here’s a quick rundown of the best ways to edge out the competition with garden borders that will leave your outdoor design with a finish that’s truly complete.

 

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Patio Borders

From choosing the size and picking out your tile design to settling on the coverage area and how you want them laid, creating a paved area that has real wow-factor is a lot harder than it seems.

One area in particular that is often overlooked until the last minute is the patio borders. Seen by some as a non-essential extra, a great border can instantly upgrade an average paving finish to a truly awesome looking patio.

For a partially paved garden, this can be a fantastic way to transition from patio to lawn without making a harsh cut from one to the next. Meanwhile, it can also be the perfect way to incorporate an additional tile design to the overall aesthetic of your patio.

 

Lawn Edging

Similar to patio borders, lawn edging is essentially a way of bordering the perimeter of your grass area. This technique is commonly used to separate the central grass from a soil area of plants and flowers surrounding the lawn.

While this can be done in a variety of ways – including wood, metal and brick edging – a commonly overlooked method is the paving option. Stone-look slabs can be utilised to great effect as a means of adding additional light and colour between the lawn and the soil, while raised paving provides garden borders that are rich in depth and dimension.

Raised beds also make for a fantastic lawn edging option, creating a garden border that is well defined and accentuates the plants above the lawn. If using stone or brickwork to create the raised bed, topping this off with a unique paver is the perfect way to add a stylish unique finish.

 

Garden Paths

Paved pathways are a fantastic way to break up your garden space in a simple yet aesthetically pleasing manner. Best of all, there are a myriad of ways to do so, from pebbles to gravel and everything in between.

One of the most popular options is the paving tile route, creating notable departure from the grass. However, as the contrast between paver and lawn can be quite harsh, a fantastic way to temper that deviation is to include a border tile to soften the blow.

Similar to patio borders, this is the perfect opportunity to explore a different tile design and enhance the existing tile used for the path. It also gives you the opportunity to explore different levels and potentially incorporate other garden features, like flower beds, pebbles and plants.

 

Poolside Paving

A unique feature in UK gardens, swimming pools can be a wonderful addition to any British property. If you have or are considering adding one to your home, a suitable border can set this off a treat.

Border paving around a pool is the perfect way to round off your wondrous water feature. From raised edging to contrasting colouration, the paving route is the perfect garden border for your outdoor pool, definitively separating your poolside from the rest of the garden flooring.

 

Whichever garden design option you happen to have in your property, PrimaPorcelain can provide a fantastic edging option that truly borders on perfection. For more information, call 029 2080 3756 today or click below to request a FREE sample.

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Seeing as this blog resides on a porcelain tile website, you may be able to guess where we’re going with this…and you are probably right.

There’s no avoiding it, grass requires a lot of TLC to keep it looking green, healthy and attractive – ask any gardener, lawn expert or groundsman for proof of just that.

From mowing, watering and weed control to aerating, scarifying and fertilising, maintaining your garden is endless job with no salary in sight.

Presumably, if your reading a blog about low-maintenance gardens, that probably doesn’t sound like your cup of tea.

Why make yourself a slave to the ground? Kick grass to the curb and replace it with a low-maintenance garden paver that packs a porcelain punch!

 

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Low-Maintenance Garden Ideas

As mentioned earlier, grass is a labour-intensive feature that, unsurprisingly, features intensely laborious grass. As such, the first rule of Maintenance Avoidance Club (besides “don’t talk about Maintenance Avoidance Club”) is to avoid grass at all costs, so don’t be afraid to tear up the turf in favour of a man-made replacement.

That being said, there’s more than one way to pave goodbye to your garden grass. Here’s a few ways you can remove the year-round yard work and hard work and replace it with summertime chilling and grilling.

 

House Tile Takeover

The larger the paved area, the less grass, plants and vegetation you will need to trim, maintain and man-handle. If you really want a low-maintenance garden, it makes sense to tile as large an area as possible.

However, that doesn’t mean you need to accept fate that your garden has to look like a 1950s schoolyard. PrimaPorcelain has one of the widest selections of tiles in the UK, allowing you to create beautifully bewitching designs that mesmerise and wow in equal measure.

 

Natural Selection

If you’re not quite ready to let go of the greenery entirely, there are ways around that too. Why not draft in some potted plants, garden beds or window boxes?

These can inject a bit of garden green and natural colour into your outdoor space without necessitating the laborious nature of maintaining a whole plot.

Best of all, they also require minimal upkeep and can be easily modified, moved or removed if you ever feel like switching up your outdoor style.

 

Border Patrol

If tiling over your entire garden area seems a little excessive, you can always leave a border around the edge of your outdoor property. This provides a patch of perimeter for you to indulge in any green garden goodness without having to worry about covering metre after metre of square floor space.

Whether you want to surround your paved space with bushy hedges, flourishing plants or colourful flowers, the border option is a nice touch that can make the transition a little less wholesale and stop your garden from becoming void of nature. Meanwhile, the addition of a border also allows you to play around even further with your paving design.

 

Meet You Halfway

Similarly, another way to get the best of both worlds and effectively cut your ground maintenance in half is to simply pave over half of your garden with a partial patio area covering.

This really is the perfect solution for those on the fence and torn between a garden and a patio, while it does still dramatically reduce the amount of garden maintenance you have to sign up for.

 

Path to Greatness

Another great way to avoid further groundwork without turning your garden into a complete concrete jungle is to add a paved pathway.

In addition to breaking up your garden design, this can also be a great way to link different sections of your garden and create a natural flow to your outdoor space.

Meanwhile, a paving path can also be used in conjunction with other non-grass options – such as chippings, gravel, pebbles, etc – to complement your garden design and break up areas of solid tiling.

 

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Creating a Low-Maintenance Garden

We understand that, when creating a low-maintenance garden, it can be difficult to know where to start and envisioning a new landscape in place of your existing one can be hard to imagine. That’s why we offer a FREE 3D design lab service to help bring your vision to life before it becomes a reality.

Chop and change between tile design, paving placement and overall colour scheme at the click of a button. Best of all, to really give you a feel for what’s to come, you can even request up to 3 FREE tile samples to get to grips with your paver of choice.

 

Why choose porcelain paving tiles?

Our porcelain paving tiles are hard-wearing, durable and built to last. Stain, scratch and fade resistant, they maintain their original aesthetic long after they are laid and can look great year after year with little to no upkeep nurturing along the way.

If you want a garden space that looks fantastic without requiring arduous upkeep, our selection of porcelain paving tiles is the route to go down. Available in a huge variety of designs, sizes and colours, the options are limited only to your imagination, so dream big with PrimaPorcelain!

 

For more information about our wide range of paving options and the variety of garden designs available, call today on 029 2080 3756 or get in touch online using the button below.

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