Every year that we run our photo competition we are absolutely astounded by the incredibly high standard of entries that we receive. This year has been no different. The only problem that this brings is the nigh on impossible task that we have here at Simply Paving of choosing a winner!
It's taken a great deal of thought to narrow down the entries to just one outright winner and ten runners-up and we've been very careful to take into account all aspects of each entry, from design of the project, right through to the level of workmanship on display.
We'd like to thank everyone who entered the competition and we're sure that the images that have been sent in will provide future customers with bucket loads of inspiration!
All that's left for us to do is to reveal the results...
Our first prize winner and the deserved recipient of a cheque for £500 are Ms Barbara Fawcett and Mr Joe Green of Cumbria with this truly awe inspiring entry, which pictures the StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow.
Here in the Simply Paving office, we were all so in awe of how breathtakingly beautiful this seating area is and my word, what a view! The high level of workmanship on show has really put the finishing touch to an already enviable outdoor space and we would like to offer our sincere thanks for sharing this picture with us.
And now for the runners-up, who will each receive a cheque for £100. We're sure that you'll agree that all the projects are deserving of their prize.
Mrs Maria Joliffe from Hampshire has used Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn wonderfully to create this outdoor space, showing that block paving isn't necessarily just for driveways. It certainly looks like someone has been enjoying their new playground!
Here, Mr Chris Hearn from Kent has produced a stunning patio area using Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold, which works perfectly in contrast with the buff brick walling. We were all in agreement that this looks a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed summers day.
Ms Judy Cowan designed and created this outdoor space for her 93 year old mother using StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 900x600's and a StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 2 Ring Circle. We're sure that you'll agree that the combination of the paving and the decorative aggregates make this beautiful and also ideal as a low maintenance garden.
This entry from Mr Patrick Allen from Devon has shown that functional can be beautiful. Using Bradstone Countrystone Walling Buff, they have been able to create a wall that not only serves as a perimeter boundary but also gives the property real kerb appeal! The buff block works perfectly in contrast with the Bradstone Textured Coping Grey.
Mr and Mrs Mayer from Kent again demonstrate how block paving can be a great option for creating a stunning patio area. They have created a contemporary outdoor space using a combination of materials and it's clear to see that the wooden sleepers and Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving Mixed Shades Grey work perfectly together.
Here we have another example of how striking the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold can be. We think you'll agree that Mr Darren Capehorn from Hampshire has created a stunning patio area which really highlights the natural beauty and variation exhibited in this stone. The Austin-Healey on display isn't bad looking either!
Mr and Mrs Hawkes from Derbyshire have created a delightful patio area, combining the rich colour of the wooden decking with the rustic charm of the brick wall and the clean lines of the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Blue-Black. The contrast of the traditional and modern works perfectly to create a relaxing space to enjoy a glass of wine!
Mr John Lawrie from North Lanarkshire has laid StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune to create a charming outdoor area. Whilst this product can be used to create a contemporary feature, it has been used here in a more traditional setting to stunning effect.
Another example of how mixing materials can create a superb finish. Here we have a lovely curved feature wall built using Bradstone Natural Sandstone Walling Autumn Green and combined with wooden decking. Mr Philip Older from Buckinghamshire has created this feature which adds real impact to the garden, choosing to dry lay the stone to give a more rustic feel.
Last but by no means least, we have another excellent example of the StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune, this time cut to give an elegant curved edge. We're sure you'll agree that the photograph sent in by Mr Russell Oxenden shows a superb level of workmanship.
Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. As with every year, the entries were all of an incredibly high standard and we here at Simply Paving had a very tough time reaching our decision. You will find many of the images entered into the competition will be featured on our website and in our gallery hopefully proving to be a source of inspiration to all of our customers.
Make sure you keep an eye out for more fantastic competitions from Simply Paving over the coming months.