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A Stone Patio or Wooden Decking - Garden Design Ideas - Garden Planner - Home Garden Design - Garden Patio Design - Hornby Garden Designs - Garden Decking Designs - Shrewsbury - UK

GARDEN DESIGN CLINIC - Which would add more value to your home: wooden decking or a stone patio?

What to do? You’re fortunate enough to have some space outdoors, but how to make the most of it? Decking seems like a great idea, if a little obvious. While a patio you suspect, could be a little pricey. On top of this, it would also be great to know which option would add the most value to your home when it comes time to sell.

First things first.

The good thing is that you’ve already realised that with your space outside, you can in effect, create another living area, weather permitting. What this means is that you’re already looking at adding value to your home. You now need to weigh up potential future returns against what it could cost you tomorrow.

A report from the US based National Association of Realtors found that a patio or decking could recoup around 85% of the cost of installation, compared to a new bathroom which recovered just 78%. More importantly, having a well-designed outside space is one of the top ten features that home-buyers want, and one that they would pay a premium for. So, as long as you do your maths right, not only can a patio or decking pay for itself in the long term, it will allow you to get more enjoyment from your garden.

So what else do you need to consider?

Well, as you would expect, both have their pros and cons.

Quality, professional decking has a natural style that means it can often be the perfect complement for a garden and home. However, while installing decking can be relatively quick, it does need to be maintained. Apart from regular cleaning with moss and algae inhibitors, it may also need oiling every other year. While if you’ve used a softwood, you may even find that you need to replace some or all of it in a few years. An additional cost consideration.  

Patios on the other hand can be fairly maintenance free, apart from the occasional cleaning. They can also work well with virtually every style of house. From hard edges and a more contemporary look and feel, to a more rustic style more suited to cottages. There’s an appropriate paving material for almost every home. It’s not all good news though.

The issue with patios is the cost. Because they require more work, from laying a compacted hardcore base so the stones stay level, to positioning a weed-proof membrane, it’s all extra work.

So, if you’re thinking about renovating the space that you have, don’t rush into it. There’s a lot to consider. But rest assured, that whichever option you choose, you’ll be rewarded with a lovely new space that should give you years of pleasure. And that in itself has must be worth something.


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Garden Patio Design in Shrewsbury

A layout diagram for an indian sandstone garden patio with 4 different slab formats, showing our client how the finished installation will look.


Garden Patio Ideas for a Client in Shrewsbury - Garden Features Ideas - Hornby Garden Designs - Landscape Designer - Home Garden Ideas - Garden Fence Ideas - Garden Patio Designs

Garden Patio Ideas for a Client in Shrewsbury

By removing the ailing conservatory this garden will become more open and functional. The installation of a picket fence on the edge of the patio ensures that the line of sight is retained whilst the children are able to play in the garden safely; the privacy in this new garden area has been enhanced with a 3 foot feather edge fence on the wall.

The great british summer allows us to take advantage of the longer days, excatly why we have suggested either a barbeque or pizza oven be installed on the patio to make the most of those balmy summer days entertaining family and friends, with cool glass of Chardonnay.


Shrewsbury Flower Show - Garden Design - Vintage Garden Design - Hornby Garden Designs - Love Seat - Small Garden Design - Garden - Shrewsbury - UK


This is our concept design for the Shrewsbury Flower Show's Vintage theme this year. The polaroid features a recently completed rose heart garden for Shooters Hill Hall, with Peter Walker's sculpture 'constructing the horse' at its core.

We look forward to seeing you there: Shrewsbury Flower Show 8/9th August 2014


Winter Hanging Baskets - Garden Ideas - Landscape Gardening - Garden Design UK - Gardening Tips - Garden Services - Hornby Garden Designs - Shrewsbury - UK

This client's house in Shrewsbury has been softened with the addition of four hanging baskets planted with winter interest. Hedera helix flows over the side whilst Euonymus fortunei 'Emerald Gaiety' and Viola × wittrockiana provide interest on the top.