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The definition of a “small garden” can vary wildly depending on your individual outlook, ranging from a plot 50 feet long to a patch of grass the size of a parking space.

Regardless of your interpretation, if you view your own garden as “small”, chances are you would welcome a few tips to make it look a little bigger.

Luckily, we’ve can do just that with this handy guide on how to make a small garden look bigger.

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Easily Make Your Garden Look Bigger

One of the coolest things about maximising space in your garden is that you don’t have to overstretch your boundaries in any way to do so.

So, before you begin tearing down your fence and declaring next door’s patio as your own, pump the brakes and listen up.

From optical illusions and visual trickery to strategic plant placement and clever furnishing, making the most of the space you have can be surprisingly easy. Something as simple as foldable furniture can be an instant space saver when not in use!

Here’s a few of the most effective ways to save space in your garden and make your garden look bigger as a result.

 

Level Up

Altering your outdoor space to include levels can transform your space completely. Not only will it provide a visually appealing alternative to a traditional flat garden, it also raises up your garden making it look more spacious as a result.

Incorporating varying levels into your garden design can provide a more dynamic appeal to your outdoor space, giving the illusion of additional space. This is particularly notable when each raised area comprises of a different type of surface material.

For example, if your garden begins with a patio, you could have steps leading up to grassy lawn area, followed by further steps leading to decking at the end. This essentially creates three different gardens in one, while also providing a visually impressive incremental effect.

 

Zone Out

Another great way to instantly make your garden seem more spacious is to divide your plot into specified areas or zones.

For example, if you were to divide your garden into three definitive sections, a patio area immediately outside your house could be used for dining and sitting, followed by a lawn which can lead to a feature at the end of your garden.

The far end of the garden can be used for anything from a lounge area or fire pit to a shed or Wendy House. Meanwhile, a path running down the garden can help split up the space even further, while also providing a logical journey through your outdoor space.

 

Reflection

While they are a staple of the home, mirrors are criminally underutilised outdoors. A spectacularly easy – and somewhat cheeky – shortcut to spaciousness, adding mirrors in strategic areas of your garden can create the impression that your outdoor space is far bigger than it actually is.

If you have a particularly cosy garden with very little wiggle-room, this shameless shortcut can be a great way to enhance any existing plants or flowers in your garden, creating the illusion that your flower bed spreads even further than it does.

This technique can add another dimension to your garden, while it can also brighten up your space by reflecting light into darker areas, particularly if the mirrors are angled just right.

 

High Standards

With so much emphasis on the groundwork, it’s easy to overlook the high walls that surround your garden. Whether they’re brick or fence, the perimeter enclosing your outdoor space can act as a blank canvas for you to create upon.

From wall-mounted plant pots to artsy wall displays, this often-neglected space is ideal for accessorising and decorating. Meanwhile, wall-mounted displays save floor space, allowing you to utilise your ground surface for other things.

Similarly, tall reaching plants and foliage can add an alluring touch of green to your garden without spreading out across your space. However, it’s important not to go overboard on either: a busy garden with too much going on can quickly become cluttered.

 

Trees a Crowd

While trees can be a visually impressive feature in any garden, with many benefits to both man and beast, they also take up a lot of space. What’s more, they can also block out a lot of natural light, particularly when the leaves are in full summer bloom.

Big trees in particular can reach out far over your garden in terms of both width and length, making your garden feel crowded and cramped. If you do want to have a tree in your garden, consider planting a smaller tree that won’t encroach too much on your space.

Meanwhile, if you already have a large tree in your garden and are considering removal, be sure to check you are legally allowed to do so. Some trees are protected under the Tree Preservation Order, so it’s worth a reaching out to your local council before you reach for an axe.

 

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Patios and Pathways

One of the most effective ways to create additional space in your garden is the inclusion of a patio area. If you don’t already have one, this can be the ultimate upgrade, opening the door to many of the aforementioned tips in the section above.

Larger tiles tend to provide a better illusion of space than small pavers, so be sure to go big with your tile choice. Meanwhile, a sensible colour can also open up your garden, creating a sense of openness and width. Bright colours – like limestone and sandstone – can light up an area and instantly make it feel less claustrophobic.

Similarly, a garden path, particularly one that weaves and winds through your garden from feature to feature, can create an additional sense of space, without necessitating too many wholesale changes or upfront costs.

Finally, don’t be afraid to invest in your tiles if you do plump for a patio or pathway. Porcelain pavers may be a little more expensive, but the durability and low-maintenance properties of these tough tiles can be enduringly worth it.

 

For more information on outdoor tiles and porcelain pavers for your garden, give us a call today on 029 2080 3756. Alternatively, drop us a line using the button below for further information.

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Renovating your outdoor space can be an expensive endeavour, particularly if you run into unforeseen issues along the way.

If you’re looking to give your garden an underbudget overhaul, porcelain could be a surprisingly economical option that pays dividends for years to come.

Don’t believe us? Let’s take a break from laying tiles and lay down the facts with this handy blog on just why porcelain may be the cheapest patio flooring for you long-term.

 

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Outdoor flooring options

Okay, before we get into the nitty-gritty of our porcelain patio products, let’s take a quick look at the outdoor alternatives.

 

Decking

One of the most popular external flooring options outside of porcelain pavers is the equally popular outdoor favourite – decking.

A fantastic flooring option in its own right, decking has been a national favourite for decades. However, if you’re looking to create something other than a wood-effect design for your outside space, decking is very much going to be left out in the cold.

What’s more, modern composite decking can be expensive and, while it does have the edge over traditional decking in terms of upkeep, it probably won’t tick the box when it comes to budget solutions.

Conversely, cheaper decking options will require exponentially more time and money in maintenance, which defeats the object in terms of saving money.

 

 

Natural stone

Meanwhile, another hugely popular patio preference is another outdoor classic – stone.

Transcending trends and eternally enduring, natural stone tiling – such as granite, concrete, limestone and sandstone – has long been a go-to for outdoor design. It’s tried, it’s tested, it’s universally accepted – who are we to argue with centuries of popularity?

Luckily, we don’t have to, because the facts speak for themselves! Stone-look porcelain is far superior when it comes to both durability and practicality in the home, while the perks of low-maintenance make it surprisingly economical for both time and cost.

What’s more, natural stone isn’t particularly cheap either – from a purchasing perspective or an upkeep point of view – once again leaving it trailing behind in terms of cost-effective flooring options for your patio.

 

 

Cheap outdoor flooring

So, with decking and natural stone both off the table as far as cheap solutions to your outdoor flooring woes, what other options are available as affordable alternatives?

When it comes to cheap outdoor flooring, there are a few common materials that typically make the list. These include:

  • Artificial grass
  • Outdoor carpet
  • Brick
  • Vinyl
  • Foam tiling

Sadly, cheap and cheerful isn’t always so cheery… or even that cheap when you take into account the need for maintenance and eventual replacement.

The above options, while initially economical, are highly unlikely to last any length of time without becoming worn, haggard or damaged. Worse still, these materials don’t actually fill the void of a genuine patio.

To truly be considered the real deal, a patio requires paving. When it comes to paving, there’s only one true king and it comes in the form of porcelain.

 

Save money with porcelain

If you’re looking to truly save money on your patio without economising on quality, investing in porcelain could pay off big time in the long run. Long-lasting with none of the upkeep you would get from an inferior product, porcelain is not only the most reliable option, but it may also be the most convenient.

The low-maintenance properties of our porcelain-powered pavers give them the edge over inferior materials. Built to last, you won’t have to replace them any time soon, nor will you have to spend time and money cleaning them during their stay. Once laid, your floor is there to stay and look great along the way.

In addition to the visual and practical benefits and of our beautifully crafted yet extremely durable pavers, all of our products come with a 10-year warranty, giving you peace of mind should the unlikely occur.

 

With so many upsides to porcelain paving slabs, why not give us a call on 029 2080 3756 to find out more?

Alternatively, click the link below to order a free sample and see for yourself!

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At PrimaPorcelain, we are committed to helping you with every step of your garden patio project, from selecting and ordering your choice of paving, right through to the final installation.  While we provide useful installation resources for those who choose to undertake the project themselves, we understand many people will require a helping hand in achieving the high-quality finish they desire, which is why we offer a professional patio installation service to all of our customers.
 
We have two teams of experienced installers here at PrimaPorcelain, who are able to travel to most parts of the UK in order to complete a huge variety of projects. From patios to pool surrounds, our installers are able to achieve a fantastic end result no matter what your requirements may be, leaving you with a paving design that makes the most of your investment in a superior product. As well as working on residential properties, our staff also have experience in completing larger, commercial projects, which means that they are just as well versed in completing large-scale installations as they are in working on small patio areas.
 
If you would like to find out more about our installation service, please feel free to get in touch to discuss your requirements.
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If you're looking to update your garden, balcony, or another outdoor space, you'll want to select a product that not only looks good, but also provides you with a safe and easy-to-maintain outdoor living area. While there are countless products on the market that can offer you an attractive and stylish result on initial installation, many of these will begin to show signs of wear over time, and may even prove to be unsafe and unstable in adverse weather conditions. 
 
When it comes to planning your patio, you need to keep in mind all the aspects of outdoor life that the material will have to endure, from hot and cold weather to grime and rust. If you are planning on using the area as an outdoor dining space, or for other recreational purposes, it will also have to withstand the risks of stains and scratches.

Here are some of the benefits that porcelain has to offer over other patio materials:

Durability and Lasting Quality - 
No matter what weather it is exposed to, porcelain paving is able to retain its aesthetically pleasing colour and texture, even after constant exposure to the elements. The manufacturing process ensures that it is fade resistant  and is unaffected by the sun's UV, while the low porosity level means that it can easily tolerate sub zero temperatures. It is also a very dense and hard-wearing material, which means that marks from dragging furniture can be wiped away without visible scratching.
 
Safety- 
Thanks to the variety of grip factors, it is also very easy to find a product with the correct texture for safe outdoor use, while the low porosity level also means that the tiles are almost impervious to moisture, making them highly slip-resistant.
 
Simple Installation and Maintenance - 
As well as preventing damage and danger from frost and water, the low porosity level of porcelain paving also secures the tiles from staining issues and dirt build-up. This means that they can easily be maintained with a simple sweep and the occasional clean with warm soapy water. The installation process of 20mm porcelain tiles is also made easier by the fact that they can be dry installed, following the instructions here.
 
Find the full range of technical features here, or order your free sample to view the quality of our tiles up close before committing to an order.
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