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Planning a new patio?


A Which? Local-recommended paving and patio business explains the basics of planning a new patio, including style, size and shape.

Ronnie Shepherd from Des Res Paving & Driveways

Member question: I'd like to replace my patio which is boring, grey slabs placed in a rectangle shape by the back door. Have you got any suggestions for how to take out the old one and then how to make the new one much more attractive please? I am happy to change its position.

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Unless you’re very confident in your DIY skills, you should consider hiring a professional contractor. Most will offer a free quotation and some even a free design service.

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Before contacting a contractor, make sure you have a clear idea of what you want. 

Visit builders merchants or display centres and collect paving product brochures.

Style, size and shape

Look closely at the style of your house and its surroundings and decide on paving styles to suit.

Also, look at the position of the sun in your garden at various times of the day to see if the patio should be re-located or simply re-shaped or made larger.

Creating a split level effect can add interest as can raised planting areas, circle features and so on.

Most importantly, ask yourself what you want from your patio – a large family space, for example, or a secluded place to relax.

Set a budget

Your budget will need to be considered, but a reputable contractor will be able to advise on the best patio you can afford.


About our expert trader

Ronnie Shepherd - director of Des Res Paving & Driveways in Glasgow

Our expert: Ronnie Shepherd

Ronnie Shepherd is director of Des Res Paving & Driveways – a family business which specialises in hard landscaping projects.

Based in Glasgow, the business provides advice, design and professional installation of driveways and patios throughout central Scotland.

Which? Local users have praised the business for its friendly service and quality workmanship.

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