Mark Peet is another reader who used the Brew Cabin to find answers to his queries and he's recently finished this gorgeous imported sandstone patio...
"It incorporates a gully along the french door wall to enable me to get the patio level up to damp proof course (as per your reply to my forum post under name 'Searcher')... the side wall is new and has a much higher DPC so is okay.
So really this is just a note to say thanks for the site. I have the rest of the garden to landscape and the drive to do so this is only the start. I am considering a stone circle next..."
Conservatory Patio and Paths
Simon Holderness from Proud Preston emailed in to say...
"This is by far the most ambitious DIY project I have ever undertaken. After being quoted £1700 by a contractor (this was the best quote) I wondered if I could do it myself, and this led me to your excellent site. I spent a good couple of weeks planning exactly how I was going to do it, and would advise any potential DIY'er to spend the same amount of time planning. I found all the information I needed here and didn't need to look anywhere else. Any additional questions I needed answered were soon polished off by the folks in The Brew Cabin !"
"Anyway, the patio and paths amount to around 30 square metres in area and are paved with Stonemarket Riven flags. They are laid on 50mm hardcore and 35mm sand. The paths are all laid with a 1:60 gradient away from the buildings, and I have employed a 10cm gravel splash strip all around. I am pleased to say that the water runs off the patio without problems, as this was one of my main concerns about 'doing-it-myself'."
"The project was completed at a cost of around £700, saving me about a thousand pounds. Suffice to say, I am well chuffed. So I would like to thank you for your excellent website, without which I would be a thousand pounds lighter, and more importantly I wouldn't feel that warm glow, every time I use my patio, that only comes from knowing you did it yourself!"