Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Bradstone Patio Generator

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    The stunning garden you've always dreamt of owning is closer than you think.

    Along with our friends at Bradstone, Simply Paving understand it's not easy putting a garden design together, there's a whole host of considerations including the style of garden you're looking for, the planting choices, colour schemes, textures and features. Hardly surprising that sometimes, you just don't know where to start.

    Hopefully, the Create the feel... series has helped inspire you and point you in the right direction in terms of identifying your ideal paving product, now you may need some help determining what sizes and patterns can be used.

    Many of the products on our website are available in patio packs with set laying patterns, but you may feel you want more control over your design. If this is the case, why not try using Bradstone's free Patio Generator software? This handy little program will provide you with a laying pattern to match the shape of your garden and also calculate the number of each size you require.

    Click image to download the Bradstone Patio Generator.

    Once you have a design you're happy with, you can save or print your pattern and quantities and then either purchase the product from our website or call the office on 0800 032 6306.

    Simply Paving can usually deliver Bradstone products nationwide in less than 7 days (typically 3-5 days).

    Bradstone Patio Generator using three sizes of the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold.

    If you require any further information, just drop us an email or give us a call on 0800 032 6306.


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  • Create the feel... first impressions.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    First impressions are important.

    What better way to create the perfect outward impression than with a strikingly attractive and exceptionally distinctive driveway at the front of your house. Block paving not only gives your driveway a touch of class and your house real kerb appeal, it also represents an extremely practical and durable solution that will continue to look good though the years.

    With Bradstone’s help, let Simply Paving show you how.

    • Bradstone Traditional Block Paving evokes the spirit and charm of times gone by incorporating subtle shading and cobbled effect.
    • Products such as the Bradstone Magnablock Block Paving are incredibly versatile and hard wearing. Suitable for paths and patios as well as driveways.
    • Bradstone Infilta Block Paving, the answer to legislation on permeable driveways. This product allows rainwater to filter though gaps between the blocks into a stone sub-base below, where there is enough space to store the water for a short time. This water then either soaks into the ground, is discharged in a controlled manner to a surface water drainage system or is collected for re-use.
    • Bradstone Monksbridge Block Paving in Croft is a distinctive block paving solution, ideal if you're looking to give your driveway a predominantly traditional and rustic feel. With its range of subtle hues and charming weather worn appearance, it looks every inch the product of a different era.
    • Decorative aggregates are an easy to use, economical, permeable driveway solution.
    • It's not just about block paving as shown in the parking area using decorative aggregates divided by a StoneFlair by Bradstone Honeymede pathway.
    • Bradstone Driveway Block Paving provides just as handsome a solution for patios and paths as it does for drives.
    • Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving is a charming cobble-type paving that exhibits a softer surface and also incorporates smooth rounded edges, enhancing the weathered appearance and slightly mottled effect.
    • The environmental alternative, Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving is a 50% recycled concrete product that looks just like natural sandstone. It also comes pre-treated with Bradstone Surface Protection guarding against everyday contaminants such as oil, grease, moss, bird droppings, wine and soft drinks to ease cleaning when used on drives and patios.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Small on space, big on possibilities.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    No matter how small the garden, there's always room for a little imagination.

    Whether you want to create a usable garden space in a small area or simply want a garden that looks great from your window, trust Bradstone with its wealth of beautiful landscaping products to help fire your creativity and bring out the designer in you. Make the most of every nook and cranny and turn all the negatives of a limited garden area into positives.

    Don't let the challenge of a small garden area put you off. With help from Bradstone and Simply Paving you can still create a wonderful garden design full of interest and impact.

    Here are Bradstone’s top tips for making the most of your small garden space.

    • Planning is key. With space at such a premium, you've got to think more carefully than ever about what goes where.
    • Remember to let the purpose dictate the design. For instance, if your garden's for entertaining you'll have to fit seating in somewhere.
    • Add a sense of depth. Build raised beds and borders that can also be a space saving way of incorporating seating.
    • Mix dark coloured plants with bright coloured blooms. These add both depth and visual appeal.
    • Avoid small trees that constantly shed foliage or seeds. This way sweeping up won't become a daily task.
    • Have you got room for containers? Big planters and pots can look fantastic in small gardens and are great for adding focal points.
    • Add the impression of more space. Make paving run lengthways for a longer looking garden, while mirrors also deceive the eye and add light.
    • Link the garden to your house. Do this with paving that echoes the brickwork or internal flooring, blurring the divide between inside and out.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Create the feel... cottage garden.

    Posted on March 31, 2011 by Simply Paving

    Fancy recalling the charm of yesteryear with a beautiful cottage garden?

    You don't have to live in a cottage to create your own cottage garden paradise. You don't even have to live in the country. In fact, you can create a cottage garden just about anywhere, because cottage gardens are all about achieving an informal style and design, where dense planting and traditional materials combine to make the most of what are normally quite small garden spaces.

    Courtesy of Bradstone, Simply Paving have everything you need to help you turn your cottage garden dream into a stunning reality.

    Here are Bradstone’s top tips to help you achieve that classic country garden look.

    • Remember, with cottage gardens, the plan is... there is no plan. The more haphazard the planting the better. Messy is in.
    • Create the frame. Enclose your garden with the archetypal picket fence look - or what about a Bradstone wall draped in clematis?
    • Evoke the spirit of the past. Choose popular traditional plants such as foxgloves and snapdragons, pansies and columbines.
    • Say hello to the edible landscape. Eating what you grow is all the rage and traditionally, cottage gardens were a practical source of food and herbs.
    • Use rockery stone or different edging styles. These are a great way to prevent grass from spilling over into your planting and add real visual interest.
    • Do away with the lawn altogether. Focus instead on creating a jumbled look, a chaotic profusion of plants; add a Bradstone path or stepping stones to wind through the planting.

    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Tuscany Paving works in both contemporary and traditional settings.
    • Choose plants with a traditional theme, such as box privet.
    • Geraniums come in many colours and are great as bedding plants and equally at home in planters.
    • Decorative aggregates complete the look and give texture and definition at the edges of paved areas.
    • Decorative aggregates encourage the growth of rockery plants.
    • The right complementary edging will always create the ideal finish to all paving.
    • Imperata Cylindrica (Red Barron) is quite spectacular and can be grown in containers.
    • Using accessories that complement the colours of plants will create a more coordinated look to your garden.
    • The traditional StoneFlair by Bradstone Bamburgh Mill Star circle feature kit can be used as a stunning centrepiece.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.

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  • Relax in peace, entertain in style.

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Simply Paving

    Create the perfect place to escape to after a long hard day.

    A place of peace and tranquility where you forget the cares of the day, relax and recharge the batteries. A garden that's the perfect calming influence for busy lives. Or, equally a place where you can entertain and socialise with friends too.

    With Bradstone’s help, Simply Paving can help create a place that's as ideal for garden furniture and the barbecue as it is for plants and pots.

    • Bradstone Log Sleepers create a stunning patio area, ideal for outdoor dining.
    • Contrasts of the smooth Bradstone Scottish Cobbles against the angular StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving helps soften edges and gives a polished finish to your design.
    • As with virtually all of the natural products we supply, Bradstone Natural Limestone Paving Azure can be used inside as well as out.
    • All kinds of planting can look great in your garden but grasses create instant height and are low maintenance.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Chelsea Cobble gives an instant organic feel to a patio area.
    • Using tall feature planting such as bay trees is great for framing your design and they create superb impact.
    • Leaving sections of your patio unpaved for planting and rockeries creates softer areas that break up large flat areas.
    • Outdoor spaces always look great when the style of furniture, features and planting complement their surroundings.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Create the feel... urban garden.

    Posted on March 30, 2011 by Simply Paving

    So, you want to create the perfect urban garden?

    With the world around us moving at such a pace and city life more frenetic than ever, create a little urban sanctuary to escape to in your own garden. Don't let limited space limit your ambitions. With thanks to Bradstone, Simply Paving can offer an array of paving solutions that can help you create a little perfect piece of paradise, your own outdoor safe haven, no matter how tight the dimensions.

    With Bradstone's help, we can help you create a tranquil and welcome sanctuary you can escape to from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

    Here are Bradstone's top tips to set you on your way to the urban garden you've always wanted.

    • Get rid of the clutter. Clear the area completely so you can see just how much space you've got to work with.
    • Dedicate some time to planning. Think about the type of garden you want - and other key factors too such as the sunlight available.
    • Architectural is in. Don't let a lack of soil hold your garden design back. Let your landscaping materials do the talking with different colours, clean lines and textures to add real visual interest.
    • Make the most of your features. Take advantage of walls by using creeping plants such as vines, trained up trellis or wire mesh.
    • No soil doesn't have to mean no planting. Get the urban greenery you yearn for with attractive containers and pots.
    • Sometimes, simple is best. Consider one stand-out feature container or water feature to create that all-important focal point.

    • Create the mood for your outdoor living space with creative lighting.
    • Choose the right plants. Architectural plants such as pampas grass create a sense of drama and intrigue.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone is available in a long aspect size that can help to accentuate the space with clean long lines.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Vogue Paving makes co-ordination of accessories easy. Simply mix neutrals like warm beige and black.
    • Splashes of statement colours within your accessories add great contrast to your garden theme.
    • Cobbles, pebbles and rockery stones are just what you need to ensure the surrounding borders look cared for and are low maintenance.
    • Planters are an easy way to introduce plants. They are low maintenance and can be replanted to keep the look fresh and seasonal.
    • StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving with its unique grooved design and modern finish instantly creates a designer look and feel.

    If you require any help, give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or drop us an email and we will try to assist you in all aspects of your landscaping project.


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  • Protect your investment.

    Posted on March 16, 2011 by Simply Paving

    How's the patio look? If you're in the process of laying a new patio or if you've recently had one laid, we're sure you're very happy with it.

    You've probably spent a considerable amount of time, money and effort to get it looking as good as it does... why let anything spoil it?

    Produced by Signo, a leading specialist in surface protection technology, Simply Paving are pleased to offer two sealants designed to keep your patio looking like new.

    Both Flexiguard and their Eco-friendly Stone and Paving Protector are water based sealants that will help protect any of our porous products.

    Unsealed / Sealed

    The molecules of the Signo sealants bond permanently with the grain of the stone / paving, and create an invisible barrier which prevents contaminants from getting into the surface of the product. Once applied you can't even tell it's there.

    The surface of your paving will generally remain much cleaner than a non-treated surface, and cleaning can be carried out by a hose spray from waist height when needed. As their sealants help prevent algae growth, you will avoid hours of cleaning stubborn and slippery moss and green growth, especially in shaded areas.

    Most importantly, as both sealants are water based they are completely environmentally friendly.


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