Large patio area design
We have a large garden, mainly lawn. There is a large old patio area which is due for replacement.
I have drawn up some rough ideas on sketchup.
We have just built the orangery and I like the idea of having a raised area which is level with the floor inside, so when the doors are open, there is almost no step at the threshold. There will be a slit drain at the threashold. As the patio level should be at least 150mm below the DPC, the raised areas will only be at the doorways.
The green area is lawn but in reality, this extends out much much further.
I'd like a pool of some sort, purely ornamental as we already have a nature pond full of fish, newts, frogs etc.
The house is 1900's, but I don't mind a modern look.
We want an area for a table and chairs, but dont want acres of paving.
We do need a path down to my workshop on the left and down the sode of the house to the right.
Just looking for views on these layouts and maybe other ideas?
I have looked at paving with black limestone, but don't like the fading it suffers. So we are looking at porcelain in dark grey/green. I know this is a modern style, but I like the low maintenance of porcelain.
Aspect is full sun most of the day. In the drawings, the long edge faces south, the sheds etc are to the north. Left is west.
We are out in the country so not overlooked. It's quite an exposed location.
We have nice views out to the west so don't want to obstruct them with any constructions like pergola's etc.