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Patios and Paving Norwich, Norfolk & Suffolk

Laying patios and paving in Norwich and Norfolk is our speciality. Our creative approach to designing patio shapes and patterns is matched by our commitment to building high quality surfaces, laid on 100mm compacted aggregate bases, on solid mortar bases with no cavities beneath the slabs, with wet or epoxy resin pointed joints.
Our patios in Norwich can be viewed by new clients as our many satisfied customers are happy to show our work, and you can see for yourself the strong and durable finish, high standard of craftsmanship and attention to detail.

These patios in Norwich City centre are laid in sandstone to form two circles that fit around the contours of this charming home. We separated the different hues of sandstone from the crates that were delivered so that each patio had it's own range of colours, with the larger dining patio having greener shades and the one outside the double patio doors red. Each one catches the sun at different times during the day and both allow free movement between the different access points into and from the garden by intersecting stepping stone paths. You can read more about this garden here.

The patios in Dereham,Norfolk shown above were laid in a colourful sandstone. Each one relates to specific areas of the house; the large central patio is centrally aligned to the bifold doors leading from the kitchen, this strong positioning is important for the composition of the whole garden, there is also a small pool that aligns centrally to it further reinforcing the layout.
A smaller patio is situated outside the study and its very large bi folding doors on 2 sides, making a slighty shadier place to sit during office time. A path aligns centrally to a water feature with fountain, which has its own paving surrounding it allowing our clients to sit around the pool. The positioning of our patios creates alignments and vistas, drawing the eye and encouraging exploration of the garden. You can read more about this garden here.

This slate patio is due to be planted all around in the coming year as we begin phase 2 of this gardens construction. The central circle can seat 8 -10 people and forms a hub for the three routes in the garden; the patio doors, the side entrance and the steps to the upper level of the garden. The random pattern of four slab sizes runs seamlessly throughout the paths and patio making one composition out of four separate elements – one patio and three paths. The planting surrounding the slate stone will have many dark glossy leaved plants and some strategically placed species with brilliant white variegated foliage. You can read more about this garden here.

The patios in Dereham,Norfolk shown above were laid in a colourful sandstone. Each one relates to specific areas of the house; the large central patio is centrally aligned to the bifold doors leading from the kitchen, this strong positioning is important for the composition of the whole garden, there is also a small pool that aligns centrally to it further reinforcing the layout.
A smaller patio is situated outside the study and its very large bi folding doors on 2 sides, making a slighty shadier place to sit during office time. A path aligns centrally to a water feature with fountain, which has its own paving surrounding it allowing our clients to sit around the pool. The positioning of our patios creates alignments and vistas, drawing the eye and encouraging exploration of the garden. You can read more about this garden here.

Brick patios and terraces in Norwich and Norfolk like the one above can bring rustic or formal influences to any garden. Here second hand bricks make for ancient looking terraces here in a country house garden. Due to the large size of the terraces we used different patterns of ceramic tile insets to break up what would have otherwise been large expanses of a single material.
The tiled panels are set into the centre of concentric brick rectangles and squares, they are laid in a Victorian tile available in a limited range of colours. RGC can now obtain any colour of tile that can be custom made for your terrace. Another detail shown here is the radiating tile design built around the base of a palm. You can read more about this garden here.

The contemporary slate paving in Norwich, (in the drawing above), is an example of the design style we have adapted to work with new build houses in the many developments around the city, and Norfolk in general. This terrace layout serves as a link between the kitchen doors, outdoor kitchen area and bike/bin store - as well as a patio for sitting or dining on.

This patio in Norwich is laid with one of the darker variants of Indian sandstone available, aptly named ‘Heather’. We used it in this garden because it is south facing, a paler colour of slab may have looked washed out and may have even dazzled anyone sitting on it in strong sunlight. This colour often looks better used in patios close to red brick houses or where the paving forms a centrepiece within the garden design.

The paving in Suffolk shown above is drawn in colour to reflect the Indian sandstone hues of 'Heather' style. The same diamond pattern edged with dark purple bricks is used for the paths and larger sitting areas around the central water feature. The larger circular patio outside the conservatory doors is laid in a star pattern, forming a centrepeice.

Slate paving in Norwich and Norfolk is possible to achieve in many different colours, from the dark – nearly black Welsh Slate, which has a consistient monotone colour to the vibrant 'Peacock' slate seen here. The slabs have the full range of peacock colours from turquoise, to pink and copper tones.
We built the patio below left and right in Brussels with a heavily riven slab – this meaning that there is a layered and flaking surface. It has been inlaid with a Moroccan style centrepiece of coloured stone and four corner details of peach and emerald green tiles. The patio top left and centre can be seen in our ‘Caribbean home from home’ garden, (read more here) - where the peacock slate colours stand out in the dense jungle style planting.

This patio in Norwich was laid in Brazilian slate which has a light grey colour and only occasional riven or layered surface details. Here we replaced the typical decaying concrete surface beside a city terraced house extension with a contemporary pattern of uniform long slabs interspersed by courses of thinner slabs.

This Patio in Cromer, Norfolk (in the drawing above), was designed to provide a detailed centerpeice - yet fit into a contemporary style, as the house has a modern wooden clad style exterior. Our star patio designs can bring interest to smaller spaces introducing detail from the ground up, in larger spaces they can create bolder features breaking up what would otherwise be large expanses of uniform pattern. You can read more about this garden here.

This patio in Norwich, Norfolk was laid in a particularly colourful Indian sandstone. We designed the curving shape of it to sweep dramatically across the front of a 1970's house and detract from the style of the building as much as possible. The shape of the patio fits around the top of the garden which has a circular form, it also comfortably allows its owner to approach her front door or walk to the other side of the garden - integrating practical access and aesthetically eyecatching design. You can read more about this garden here.

This patio in Norwichs' Golden Triangle is set against an stunning Victorian house at the conjunction of many points of access, with routes leading to the back door, conservatory door, back gates, side entrance and a utility room. The patio becomes the crossing point for these routes, saving the need for many different crossing paths, and in its central position aligned with these main desitinations, it dominates the immediate environs of the house's outdoor space whilst being in harmony with it. Its circular shape counteracts the straight, flat lines of the surrounding walls and is reflected in the curving shapes of the surrounding raised beds.

In this small London garden, detail in every part of the design was highly important as without it one could not appreciate all of the visual stimulation within its walls. The paving pattern we used is designed to individually reflect the four different parts of the paving; the semi circular landing immediately outside the patio doors, the central path and its side branch leading to a seat and the main patio area at the back of the garden. Each of the seats and the planting fitted to the shape of the paving and as such it formed the spine of a fully integrated composition. You can read more about this garden here.

This paving near Wymondham, Norfolk was designed to create a strong centrepeice in a stable courtyard. Using strongly curving paths to detract from the rectangular shape of the space we created access from all of the surrounding rooms to a large dome shaped central patio. Because the area of the design was so large we built in plenty of detail to stop the expanses of paving from looking too uniform. We designed the main patio to have 6 large stone columns supporting pergola beams over it and many of the paths to have arches along their routes, with trellis screens between the posts to break up the strong wind and turbulence in the area.

When a patio is the centre of a composition and especially when visible from above, we like to use geometric patterns cut from different colours of sandstone, much like stained glass windows. The roots of tile design are historically deep and can be interpreted in many different cultural styles. Their ability to hold the eye and create interest in what would otherwise be a strictly utilitarian surface, is a tool we use often to make our garden designs as absorbing and full of interest as possible. The image on the left is taken from our Hillside Terrace Garden and the image on the right is taken from the Carribean Home from Home Garden.

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