I want a private terrace!

House & Garden bayamos July 25, 2016 0 14
When the weather finally improves, it is lovely to sit on a terrace. Socializing while enjoying a coffee, tea or other drinks to enjoy the outdoors. Since you do all not far from the door. If you have your own garden, you create your own terrace where you can relax.

No garden without ...

A private garden offers many nice features. Children can play on your lawn, trees and shrubs all colors and green plants with flowers brighten everything up. A garden path connects the house to the shed, the gate, or winds between all elements by green garden. And of course you want all that beauty can also enjoy, so if you want a private terrace.
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In the sun or not?

Sun worshipers will love to have on their patio sun, shade lovers wrong again. Do you want to build a patio, then you should consider this. Is your garden on the north or south? In a garden on the north stands virtually no sun on the back of the house, but in the back yard often. Look at tall trees or buildings around you, which can be a desired solar shading place more than you really want. Please also note, which describes the sun in summer is higher than in the winter and a longer runway. By midsummer the sun rises in the northeast and sets in the northwest. With midwinter that job is much shorter, from southeast to southwest.


If you've found the ideal place for your patio, it's smart to make a plan. Create the plan immediately to scale, that soon makes the calculation of the required quantities of sand and pavement little easier. Sign exactly where you want to build the terrace. Often you will create a garden path which connects the terrace of the house or the barn. If you came up with new paving for your terrace, you may want to immediately renew the garden path. Mark also the garden path to scale in your map.

A wooden terrace

A terrace with wooden elements gives a special effect. You can use wood, by using wooden tiles, or make a wooden porch. The wooden material that you used is often provided with grooves that the rainwater drains and the boards in humid weather less slippery. Please note that moss and algae growth on the wood material, the treads can still smooth. Another disadvantage of wood is also, that the material, are simply less long-lasting by the natural weathering process.
Baked bricks

A solid ground

A more sustainable solution is to utilize terrace tiles or pavers. A terrace of stone lasts a lot longer. There are several stone patio solutions:
  • Asphalt
  • Gravel
  • Tiling
  • Vowels
In practice, a terrace of asphalt otherwise not memorable.


A terrace of gravel consists of lots of small stones, in fact sedimentary rock that was carried by rivers from the mountains. Several rivers come from different mountains, so the extracted gravel from the Rhine is different in color and composition than gravel from the river. Inaudible walk on gravel is not easy. If you walk on gravel, you can hear the rocks slide past each other. Benefit from a terrace on gravel, the garden chairs and garden table always put on the stones, that they do not wobble.
Vowels in 'visgraat' pattern

Tiles and pavers

Many terraces are fully landscaped with tiles or pavers. You have three main types:
  • Baked tiles or pavers
  • Concrete tiles or pavers
  • Stone tiles or pavers

Fired tiles
Clay is the basis for this type of tiles. The clay is kneaded in machines in the correct shape and then baked. Because clay is deposited by streams and rivers have their own origins, the deposed clay in all these rivers may be different in composition. Sometimes the clay is more or less calcified, and may or may not be equipped with all kinds of minerals. The used clay therefore has consequences for color and texture of the final tiles.
Started tiles
Concrete is a widely used material for garden tiles. Concrete is hard, solid, robust and durable. In the production phase of the concrete coloring is quite possible. Do you want some color on your terrace, you'll often concrete.
Natural stone
The mountains are a source of wonderful rock. In quarries, these stones carved out. Logically, that comes at a robust price on a terrace of stone than on a terrace which is fully landscaped with concrete pavers.

Another choice

On your map you have to install exactly what you signed up decking and other garden paving. You now have even figured out what type of pavement to be implemented. For you now cross the shovel in the ground to start the preparatory work, you immediately ask whether you want to apply garden or terrace lighting. If you must dig, you can take away any lines in the job.


The job starts. Count excess garden soil away. First, apply a layer of white sand. The sand provides strength and therefore goes against unwanted subsidence. Stretch a string exactly at the height of the top of your future terrace. Pay attention to which side should end your terrace. You do not want it turned into rain puddles against your house, but rather that it descends towards the garden. To tighten the rope properly, you must use a spirit level.


Bring the stone to. With a rubber mallet tap down the stone. Regularly check if you stick to the height specified by the string. If you lie entire patio, then sprinkle white sand over the bricks. With a soft broom sweep you add this sand. Thereby, the stones are much firmer.

Do it yourself?

As you can see, you can create a terrace very well themselves. Still, there should be plenty of sand and stones lugged. If that's all too heavy anyway, of course you can turn on an expert who does the job for you, usually in a much shorter time than when you are underway.