10 Mistakes to Avoid When Building a Patio or Driveway

Having a nicely laid and beautiful patio or driveway is the perfect complement to your home. A patio can create a beautiful and functional outdoor space, while a driveway can really boost the curb appeal of your property.

However, when you’re getting a patio or driveway installed, there are a number of common mistakes that are easy to make. Here’s our list of the top 10 mistakes you should avoid when you’re building a patio or driveway.

1. Not creating a theme

When you’re creating a patio space, it’s important to consider the overall effect. Don’t mix and match your furniture too much, as this can confuse the impact of a well-designed patio.

2. Laying paving on wet ground

You should always lay paving onto dry ground. This will give the paving stones a secure base on which to sit, and prevent them from coming loose or breaking.

3. Using cheap materials or furniture

Everyone likes to save money, and if you see a great deal on patio or driving materials, go for it! However, it’s worth bearing in mind that budget options can sometimes be a false economy. Don’t buy cheap paving slabs or patio furniture only to replace them if they break too quickly.

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4. Not considering drainage

It’s essential to consider the drainage needs of a patio or driveway. If there’s too much standing water on a surface, it can damage it over time. Make sure there’s appropriate water runoff.

For driveways, adequate drainage is built into the planning permission regulations. If you’re laying a new driveway, you may need to prove that there is adequate drainage.

5. Don’t add too much furniture

You don’t want to overcrowd your patio space. Measure carefully to make sure any furniture that you buy will fit into the space, and remember that less is often better. You’ll want a patio to be a comfortable space without feeling too crowded.

6. Having too big of a gap between slabs

It’s important to make sure the spaces in between the patio bricks or tiles aren’t too wide. If any of the tiles come loose, it can ruin the look and quality of the whole patio.

7. Not creating a sense of flow

When you’re designing your patio or driveway, think carefully about the walkways that you want to create. Also, use consistent colours and materials between the inside and outside spaces to establish a sense of consistency and flow between the two.

8. Choosing plants badly

Careful planning is especially important when it comes to choosing plants for your patio or driveway, especially for those in borders. As plants grow and change they can really affect the appearance of a patio, so it’s important to be thinking into the future!

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9. Not carefully sizing the patio or driveway

You’ll want to make sure that your patio or driveway is appropriately sized to fit the space that it’s in. If it’s too big, you may end up with no space for plants or borders, and this can dramatically affect the appearance of a property.

10. Filling in incorrectly

You’ll need to fill in between the slabs, tiles, or bricks. It’s important to use the right type of material to fill in between, and to use the right amount, too. If you’re not sure, consult with a driveway or patio pro to find out the right way to fill in your patio.

All of these mistakes should be avoided when you’re building your patio or driveway. If you’d rather leave it up to a pro, just fill in the form below and we’ll connect you with up to 4 trusted patio or driveway professionals.

Simon Pook

Simon Pook works for Quotatis as a Content Marketing Executive. He writes about a range of different home improvement topics to make sure Quotatis' customers have access to the latest information.