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  • Win with Simply Paving Autumn / Winter 2016

    Posted on February 18, 2017 by Simply Paving

    Here at Simply Paving, we would like to thank everyone who entered our 2016 Autumn Winter photographic competition. As with previous years, we are overwhelmed with the response we have received in regards to the competition, and we are blown away with the impressive workmanship and design that has been placed into creating such beautiful outdoor areas.

    It has been a difficult process narrowing down our many wonderful entries, which show an array of our products being used in many different, and unique ways.

    The images very kindly sent in by participants will be a great help to future customers, who are in need of a little inspiration!

    Like last year, we have chosen one outright winner who will receive a cheque for £500, three second place runners-up who will receive a cheque for £200 each and seven further runners-up who will each receive a cheque for £100.

    Our first prize winner, and the well-deserved recipient of the £500.00 cheque is Mr. Shivam Patel from London!

    Mr. Patel used the Natural Sandstone Paving in Fossil Buff. He has cleverly used a mixture of the 2-ring circle, squaring off kit and the also the 4-size patio pack to create clean lines and a beautiful sophisticated look.

    As you can see from the photos below, a deal of great skill has been exhibited in terms of design and attention to detail for this project.

    The natural variation of colour in the Fossil Buff sandstone, and the use of feature lighting, complement each other wonderfully. Also, the use of contrasting dark window frames and the contemporary bi-folding door against the crisp white walls, will look attractive in both a day time and night time setting.

    Congratulations on winning our first prize in this year's competition!

    Up next, are the three second place runners-up, who each have received a cheque for £200!

    Catherine Astbury from Ellesmere Port has used the very popular Bradstone Natural Slate Paving in Vijaya Gold patio pack to produce a stunning patio area. The product's distinctive colours are ideally suited against the soft sage green conservatory. Along with the selection of many perfectly placed plants and attractive pond area.

    Another perfect example of Natural Sandstone Fossil Buff patio paving was created by Mary Wilding from Milton Keynes.

    The perfectly laid sandstone looks wonderful against the decorative aggregate and also the contrasting green ivy. The product has been laid to a high standard, and overall looks fantastic!

    A perfect area for entertaining and enjoying the summer months.

    Our 3rd second place runner up is Rob Jenner from Jenner Landscape and Construction located in Princes Risborough.

    Mr. Jenner has created a sophisticated modern area using the Bradstone Natural Granite paving in colour Silver Grey. The attention to detail and workmanship is clearly evident as you can certainly see from the photos.

    Rob has used a mix of both the 600x600 and 600x300 to produce a sleek contemporary outdoor space, which looks effortless against the old authentic backdrop and carefully placed greenery.

    Finally, to announce the seven runners up who have received a cheque of £100.00!

    A product that has never featured in our competition is the Blended Natural Sandstone Paving in Burnt Umber.

    This product was used to create a pretty patio area at Mr. Arthur Webb's residence in Swadlincote, Derbyshire.

    The area looks perfect sun trap and the ideal place to relax in the summer months on the comfortable looking furniture.

    The second runner up Gavin Hodson from Southsea, sent in some fantastic before and after shots of his patio using the Natural Sandstone in Autumn Green.

    Mr. Hodson has transformed his garden using the patio pack and created a border using decorative aggregate. The freshly painted sky blue window frames and door of the outbuilding, colourfully contrast again the vary of colours in the sandstone.

    Mr. Alan Knight from Pulborough opted for a manufactured product, and chose the Bradstone Old Town Paving in Weathered Limestone.

    He has created a feature patio dining area using the 2-ring circle with modern outdoor furniture.

    Mr. Knight has also teamed the circle with an array of different sized patio paving in the same product, for the base of the family hot tub.

    The warm buff tones of the Old Town Weathered Limestone and the dark wood raised decked area, complement each other wonderfully.

    In these photographs, you can see the Bradstone Ashbourne York Brown patio pack displayed.

    Mr. Bell from Barnsley has produced a perfectly laid patio, which ideally suite's its surroundings. The overhanging trees compliment the product, along with the dark stained wooded pagoda.

    The outdoor dining area is perfectly situated for summer BBQ's and socialising with friends.

    The very popular Bradstone Natural Limeston Paving in Blue-Black was used in the next entry, by Mr. Ralph Brade from Sheffield.

    Mr. Brade has made the most of his abstract shaped side patio area, by using the four-size patio pack and feature lighting. The product has been perfectly and looks impressive again the chrome bollards and wooden fencing.

    Overall the project has been construction and presented very well.

    Here we have Tim Wade from Salisbury chose to create a medieval style outdoor area using the Ancestry Paving Abbey Storm. The mixed size patio pack was used, which gives the perfect impression.

    The grey tones of the paving compliment the structure of the church like arch way and vintage looking stone work.

    Mr. Wade has also used a variety of beautifully coloured flowers and greenery alongside the patio, which looks stunning!

    This area is definitely the perfect place to relax in summer, and certainly a garden to be proud of.

    Last but not least is our final £100 winner, Jackie Norris from Wokingham.

    Mrs. Norris has used one of our premium natural sandstone products, the Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving in Ivory.

    Mrs. Norris has created a slightly raised uniform patio area, with a mix of contemporary and traditional design aspects.

    Decorative aggregate has been used as a finishing touch, along with the cleverly placed planters which contain a range of colourful flowers.

    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!

    You will find many of the images entered in our gallery which will prove a source of inspiration to all of our customers.

    Keep an eye out for any further competitions by Simply Paving in the near future.

    Lucy

    Simply Paving


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  • Congratulations!

    Posted on February 12, 2016 by Simply Paving

    Every year, here at Simply Paving, we hold our photo competition and every year we receive such a wide range of entries demonstrating just how creative our customers can be with the products that we supply. This year has been no different, with great skill exhibited both in terms of design and workmanship.

    We have had such a difficult time choosing who to award prizes to, as all the entries deserve recognition for the work that has been put in. This year, we have chosen one outright winner who will receive a cheque for £500, three second place runners-up who will receive a cheque for £200 each and seven further runners-up who will each receive a cheque for £100.

    From everyone in the Simply Paving team, we'd like to thank all who entered the competition and we're certain that the images will provide a great deal of inspiration for our future customers.

    The only thing to do now is reveal the results...

    The winners of our first prize and the recipients of a cheque for £500 are Mr Malcolm Bescoby and Mr Michael Blood of Nottinghamshire who used Bradstone Tile Paving in Mellow Terracotta to further enhance their already stunning Edwardian style garden. As we're sure you can see from the images, Tile Paving, with its rich terracotta shade, works perfectly with garden features such as pots and planters. The repeating pattern using both the square and diamond tiles adds a certain formality that is perfectly balanced with the worn and weathered appearance of the tile itself.

    Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta

    As for the garden itself, the red brick walls and brilliant white cast-iron furniture provide the perfect backdrop to the beautiful shrubs, hostas and topiary.

    If you want to see the garden for yourself, it will be open to the public on Sunday 26th June 2016. All of the money raised from the open day will be donated to charity. Keep your eye out on our Facebook Page where we will confirm details closer to the time.

    Congratulations, this is a garden to be incredibly proud of.

    And now for the three second place runners-up, who each fully deserve their cheque for £200.

    Mr Steven Harding of Gloucestershire has created a wonderful dining area using Bradstone's Carpet Stones in Rustic Red. The colour of the cobble works beautifully with the wooden fencing and summer house to create a really charming garden.

    Bradstone Carpet Stones Rustic Red Cobble

    In these photographs, Mr Robert Goldsmith of West Sussex shows that practical can be beautiful. Using Bradstone's Driveway Infilta Permeable Block Paving in Brindle they have been able to create a driveway that is not only very pleasing on the eye but also conforms to the legislation regarding paving the front of your home.

    Bradstone Driveway Infilta Permeable Block Paving Brindle

    Mrs Sally Escrader from Norfolk, featured on our Facebook Page at the end of 2015, with a superb series of before and after images showing the transformation of the rear of her property using Bradstone's Natural Slate Paving in Vijaya Gold. As you can see Natural Slate Paving offers outstanding natural beauty with every individual slab unique in appearance featuring its own distinctive colours and shades.

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    Our seven deserving runners-up, each receiving a cheque for £100, are as follows:

    Mr Phil Turner of Aberdeenshire has created a contemporary outdoor space using Bradstone's Natural Granite Paving in Silver Grey and Mid Grey. The combination of the two colours is both classic and contemporary, whilst the product has been expertly laid using the three available sizes.

    Bradstone Natural Granite Paving Silver Grey and Mid Grey

    Mr Adrian Wood from Berkshire has created a lovely raised patio area using Bradstone's Old Riven Paving in Autumn Cotswold. We're sure that you'll agree that the combination of the paving, decorative aggregates and lawn make this an attractive garden that's also perfect for family use.

    Bradstone Old Riven Paving Autumn Cotswold

    Our next entry is from Mr Marc Prema-Ratner of Greater London with the ultra contemporary Bradstone Grand Natural Sandstone Paving in Imperial White. The sandstone really compliments the outside of the property, looking good both day and night.

    Bradstone Grand Natural Sandstone Paving Imperial White

    Mr Roger Gissing of South Yorkshire has used a combination of products purchased from Simply Paving to totally transform his patio area. The products on display are Bradstone's Liscia Paving in Cream together with Bradstone Pitched Walling and Textured Coping both in the buff shade. The entry shows that these products really complement each other well.

    Bradstone Liscia Paving Cream

    Here we have a further example of Bradstone's Natural Slate Paving in Vijaya Gold, this time demonstrating the beauty of the product in both the dry and the wet. We think you'll agree that Christina Randall from Hampshire has created a stunning patio area which really highlights the natural beauty and variation exhibited in this stone.

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    Our next entry from Rebecca Warden of Rhondda Cyynon Taf again demonstrates how using Bradstone's Natural Granite Paving in Silver Grey and Mid Grey can create a superb contemporary outdoor space. For contemporary minimalist style with maximum effect, Natural Granite Paving is hard to beat.

    Bradstone Natural Granite Paving Silver Grey and Mid Grey

    Last but by no means least, Dawn Swepstone from Nottinghamshire has used the Bradstone Ancestry Paving in Abbey Brown with matching Circle and Accessory Kit to create a traditional feeling to the garden. The whole look of the paved area is perfectly complemented by the slate chippings and potted plants.

    Bradstone Ancestry Paving Abbey Brown

    Congratulations to all of our winners and again, thank you to everyone who entered the competition. 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.


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  • And the winner is...

    Posted on February 3, 2015 by Simply Paving

    Another year and another host of fantastic entries to our photo competition. Here in the Simply Paving office, we're always astounded to see what can be achieved with the products that we have supplied and again, the standard of the entries that we have received has been incredibly high and the level of workmanship on show is superb.

    It certainly wasn't easy narrowing down the entries and choosing just one winner and because of this we have chosen one outright winner who will receive a cheque for £500, second and third place entries who will receive a cheque for £200 each and then eight runners-up who will each receive a cheque for £100.

    From everyone in the Simply Paving team, we'd like to thank all who entered the competition and we're certain that the images will provide a great deal of inspiration for our future customers.

    The only thing to do now is reveal the results...

    Our first prize winner and the much deserved recipient of a cheque for £500 is Mr Andrew Shaw of Essex with this superb example of how the clean lines, dark shades and riven profile of the Bradstone Natural Slate Paving in Blue-Black harmonise perfectly to produce a finish that would be at home in either a traditional or contemporary garden.

    The contrast between the dark paving and the light brick works perfectly and the high standard of workmanship is clear to see.

    Congratulations, this is a patio to be very proud of!

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Blue-Black

    And now for the second and third place runners-up, who will each receive a cheque for £200. We're sure that you'll agree that these projects are deserving of their prize.

    Mr Douglas Crisp of Wiltshire has used Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving in Rainbow to create the perfect outdoor space for relaxing with family and friends. We can just imagine a summer afternoon sat here, perhaps even with a bottle of wine or two!

    Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow

    Miss Joyce Ward of Northamptonshire has made wonderful use of the different features available in the Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving Sunset Buff range including a Patio Pack and a 2 Ring Circle which have both been edged with Setts. The whole look of the paved area is perfectly complemented by the planted borders of grasses and ferns.

    Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving Sunset Buff

    Our eight deserving runners-up, each receiving a cheque for £100, are as follows:

    Mrs Pamela Matthews of Kent will no doubt be looking forward to spring and summer this year to make the most of this sunny outdoor space. Combining both Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving in Fossil Buff and the matching walling, Mrs Matthews has created a stunning patio with seating areas on two levels.

    Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving Fossil Buff

    Our next entry is a beautiful example of a more traditional garden, combining a paved patio area of Bradstone Weathered Riven Paving Autumn Cotswold with a lawn and flower beds. We're sure you'll agree that the photograph sent in by Mrs Natalie McLagan of Guernsey shows a superb level of workmanship with the paving cut to give elegant curves.

    Bradstone Weathered Riven Paving Autumn Cotswold

    Mr Stuart Williams of Inverness has used Bradstone Monksbridge Block Paving in Croft to create this large, sweeping entrance. This distinctive block paving is ideal if you're looking to give your driveway a predominantly traditional and rustic feel.

    Bradstone Monksbridge Block Paving Croft

    Here, Mrs Fiona Trevett from Dorset demonstrates how using a combination of materials can produce a very effective modern look. The clean lines of the Bradstone Natural Limestone Paving Blue-Black in the single size of 600x600 work perfectly with the wooden decking and red brick walling to create a superb contemporary space.

    Bradstone Natural Limestone Paving Blue-Black

    Our next entry shows how the mixed sizes of Bradstone's Ashbourne Paving in Cotswold can be used to create interest in a long aspect London garden. Mrs Anna Chowdhury has created an outdoor space that looks like the perfect place to while away those long summer evenings.

    Bradstone Ashbourne Paving Cotswold

    Mr Nick Millward of Warwickshire totally transformed his townhouse garden using Bradstone's Carpet Stones in Rustic Red. The colour of the cobble works beautifully with the existing brick walling as well as the wooden sleepers used for the raised beds. Keep your eye out on our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/simplypaving) as we will be posting before and after images to show just what a dramatic transformation has been undertaken.

    Bradstone Carpet Stones Rustic Red Cobble

    Here, Mr Richard Hobson of Kent has created a lovely patio area using Bradstone's Natural Sandstone Paving in Cragside. This particular stone is quite unique in that is has an aged appearance even though it has been newly quarried and it perfectly complements the existing natural stone walling.

    Bradstone Natural Sandstone Paving Cragside

    Last but by no means least, we have an entry that made us all here in the Simply Paving office incredibly envious. Without doubt, this entry from Mr James Brewer is one of the most stunning settings that we have ever seen our products used in. And what's more, as the product has been laid in Malaga, Spain, there will be no shortage of sunny days to sit and enjoy the view by the pool. Oh, and if you were wondering, the product is Bradstone's Gironde Paving and we're sure you'll agree that it works perfectly in these surroundings.

    Bradstone Gironde Paving

    Bradstone Gironde Paving

    Bradstone Gironde Paving

    Congratulations to all of our winners and again, thank you to everyone who entered the competition. 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.


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  • Congratulations!

    Posted on February 11, 2014 by Simply Paving

    Wow!

    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.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow

    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!

    Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn

    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.

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    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.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Old Town Paving Grey-Green 900x600

    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.

    Bradstone Countrystone Walling Buff

    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.

    Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving Mixed Shades Grey

    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!

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Vijaya Gold

    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!

    Bradstone Natural Slate Paving Blue-Black

    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.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune

    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.

    Bradstone Natural Sandstone Walling Autumn Green

    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.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Smooth Natural Sandstone Paving Dune

    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.


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  • Paving Around a Swimming Pool

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Simply Paving

    Considerations

    Swimming pools - we'd all like one but if you're lucky enough to have one or if you're considering installing one, you'll want to make sure that you can make the best use of it possible when we have some good weather.

    One of the most important considerations for making the most of your swimming pool is what paving to use around it. You need to make sure that the paving is going to be suitable for all the activities you're planning for your poolside, whether that be sunbathing, entertaining or fun and games with the family.

    If slip-resistant properties are an important factor, our textured products such as Bradstone Textured Paving or StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Paving Textured may be top of your list. However, just be careful if you're planning on using this type of paving as it will have quite a rough finish for bare feet, especially if children are running around.

    Bradstone Textured Paving

    If you're looking to recreate the look and feel of the Mediterranean, why not use Bradstone Tile Paving to evoke all the spirit, charm and warmth. With this product, you'll be back poolside at the villa without even boarding a plane!

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta

    If natural products are more appealing to you, why not try something ultra contemporary such as the StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving. This product uses 500mm x 500mm sized slab with a grooved design to give a very modern feel.

    StoneFlair by Bradstone Ventura Paving

    Precautions and Aftercare

    If concrete or natural stone flags are splashed with chlorinated water, they are liable to develop white crystalline marks as the water evaporates; this is not damaging and can be easily removed with clean water.

    However, concrete paving, and to a lesser extent, natural stone paving can be structurally damaged if exposed to chlorinated water in periods of freezing temperatures. As swimming pools are generally not used in such conditions, this is rarely an issue.

    Where can I get more advice?

    Bradstone flags have been recommended as pool surrounds many times, if you would like further guidance please give the Simply Paving office a call on 0800 032 6306 or call the Bradstone helpline on 01335 372 289.


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  • And the winner is...

    Posted on January 19, 2012 by Simply Paving

    Another competition and another incredibly difficult decision.

    Year after year, the standard of entries to our annual photographic competition has left us gobsmacked here in the Simply Paving office. This latest competition has been no different - we were in awe of the level of skill in both design and workmanship on show in the photographs - because of this we have chosen one outright winner who will receive a cheque of £500, a second place entry who will receive a cheque of £200 and nine runners-up who will each receive a cheque for £100.

    Enough of us telling you how good the entries are, see for yourself below!

    The first prize of £500 goes to Mrs Zoe and Mr Craig Lewis of North Yorkshire with this stunning entry, which really displays an incredible level of workmanship and demonstrates the clean lines and subtle tonal variations of the Bradstone StoneMaster Block Paving range. Using a mix of the three colours in the Buff shades; Dark Buff Cast, Dark Buff Washed and Light Buff Washed they have produced a very attractive driveway that perfectly replicates the look of natural sandstone block paving, which works perfectly with the brickwork of the house.

    This year, for the first time we have chosen a second placed entry who will be cashing a cheque for £200.

    Second place in our competition has been awarded to Mrs Jane Morris from Surrey who has created an absolutely beautiful outdoor space using Bradstone's Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Graphite. Using three sizes, the customer has created an eye-catching concentric circle design which adds interest, whilst we think you'll agree the Graphite colour works superbly with the wooden building, fencing and decking and also the planting scheme.

    Our nine runners-up, each winning a prize of £100 are:

    Mr Kevin Paterson from Kent who has used Bradstone Textured Paving Grey 600 x 600's to fantastic effect, creating this stunning contemporary outdoor space. Although, this product is part of our Value Range the finished job is clearly of very high quality, underlining just what can be achieved with any of our products.

    Here, Mr Daniel Jones from Shropshire demonstrates how using a combination of materials can produce a very effective modern look. The decking, trellis and pergola work incredibly well when used alongside the StoneFlair by Bradstone Vogue Paving and the StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Fossil Buff.

    Mr Darren Ayres from Cambridgeshire has produced a stunning outdoor space using StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Fossil Buff. It looks a wonderful place to enjoy a relaxed summers evening, perhaps even with a few beers or a bottle of wine!

    In this photograph, Mrs Jennifer Floutier from Derbyshire shows that practical can be beautiful. Using Bradstone Woburn Rumbled Infilta Permeable Block Paving Rustic they have been able to create a driveway that is not only pleasing on the eye but also conforms to the legislation regarding paving the front of your home. For more information on the laying of Bradstone's range of Permeable Block Paving click here.

    Mr John West from Cambridgeshire again demonstrates how one of our Value Range products can transform your outdoor space without spending the earth! This is more of a traditional feel than the earlier entry and uses Bradstone Weathered Riven Paving Weathered Cotswold 450 x 450's to create a stunning patio incorporating an access ramp.

    Another example of how mixing materials can create a superb contemporary finish. Here Mr Martin Markcrow from Oxfordshire has combined wooden beds with Bradstone Decorative Aggregates Nordic Spar and StoneFlair by Bradstone Panache Long Aspect Black Textured to create both a dining area and pathways between planted areas. I think you'll agree, this photograph could have been taken straight out of Bradstone's new brochure.

    Mr Mike Ellis from Flintshire has used StoneFlair by Bradstone Polished Natural Sandstone Paving Rainbow to create a charming outdoor dining area. The paving, decking and furniture work perfectly together and you can just imagine enjoying a summer salad here, unwinding after a day at work.

    Ten out of ten on our next entry for both effort and Photoshop skills (we want that number plate)! Mr Phil Sutton from Cornwall has created a stunning driveway using Bradstone's Woburn Rumbled Block Paving Autumn. First impressions are important and the customer has given his property an extra touch of class and real kerb appeal.

    You could be sat somewhere in the Mediterranean, but in fact you'd be sat in the garden of Mr Ray Lane from Kent. Using Bradstone Tile Paving Mellow Terracotta 300 x 300's the customer has evoked all the spirit, charm and warmth associated with true terracotta tiles.

    Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. 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.


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  • Congratulations!

    Posted on January 11, 2011 by Simply Paving

    After a huge number of fantastic entries, Simply Paving are absolutely delighted to announce the results of our latest competition.

    The quality of the photographs we have received is incredibly high and the level of workmanship on show is superb, so much so that we simply couldn't limit the number of prizes given to just six entrants as with previous competitions. As such we have selected one outright winner who will receive the first prize of £500 and ten runners-up who will each receive £100.

    The winner taking the first prize of £500 is Mrs Linda MacLiver from Glasgow, with this stunning entry which really captures the beautiful tonal variations and elegant clean lines of the Modena Paving in Sunset Buff from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

    The winning entry wonderfully demonstrates the use of different materials to create an area that is not only eye-catching, but also perfectly practical for entertaining on and making the most of those sun-baked summer days that we're all longing for.

    Our ten runners-up, each winning a prize of £100 are:

    Mrs Inna John from Stevenage, Hertfordshire has created a contemporary outdoor space using Natural Granite Paving in Silver Grey from StoneFlair by Bradstone with its straight machine cut edges and textured top surface.

    Mr Keith Razzell from Woking, Surrey with Yorkvale Paving in Antique Gold from Bradstone. This product with its riven surface profile and irregular fettled edges has been expertly laid using the three sized Tudor pattern.

    Mr Simon Jaggard-Inglis from Claybrooke Magna, Leicestershire has used Natural Limestone Paving in Blue-Black from Bradstone with its softer hand cut edges and subtly riven surface lending an exceptional quality finish to the modern design.

    Mr John Woods from Glasgow with Natural Slate Paving in Vijaya Gold from Bradstone. As you can see from the photograph, Natural Slate Paving offers outstanding natural beauty with every individual paviour unique in appearance featuring its own distinctive colours and shades.

    Mr Craig Evans from Millom, Cumbria with Natural Sandstone Paving in Sunset Buff from Bradstone, using both sizes of circle and randomly laid paving. This product offers a wealth of design possibilities with its unique shape, colour and texture making it an ideal solution for either traditional or contemporary gardens.

    Mr Tim Miller from London with Old Town Paving and Walling in Weathered Limestone from StoneFlair by Bradstone. This paving solution looks to the past for inspiration, replicating the look and feel of old weathered York flagstones, whilst the complimentary walling helps create an attractive boundary to the patio area.

    Mr Roy Underhill from Christchurch, Dorset with Monksbridge Block Paving in Croft from Bradstone. This block paving solution is designed to give your driveway a predominantly traditional feel and rustic look, with a range of subtle hues and a weather worn appearance.

    Mr Mark Hamer from Skelmersdale, Lancashire has created a sleek and sophisticated look using Panache Ground Paving in White and Black and Natural Polished Sandstone Paving in Silver Grey from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

    Mr Andy Moffat from Glasgow has created a wonderfully traditional patio area with Weathered Riven Paving in Autumn Cotswold from Bradstone (sealed). This moulded paving solution provides a convincing aged and worn stone appearance, thanks to fettled style edges.

    Mr Acland from Taunton, Somerset has been very inventive with the use of Driveway Block Paving in Autumn, Buff and Charcoal from Bradstone. This hard-wearing and durable paving solution offers a wealth of mix and match possibilities and is available in seven colour options.

    Congratulations to all of our winners and thank you to everyone who entered the competition. 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.


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  • New for 2011

    Posted on December 20, 2010 by Simply Paving

    This time of year is always very exciting for us here in the Simply Paving office as we get our first glimpses of the new range of products for the upcoming season.

    The first thing you may notice, is a change in branding of the Bradstone and StoneFlair ranges. As some of our customers may be aware, our two main suppliers, Bradstone and StoneFlair are actually sister companies and as of 2011 they will be working even more closely together. One key element of this rebranding is the introduction of StoneFlair by Bradstone, a range under which all premium products, both manufactured and natural, will fall.

    New Products - Traditional

    Restoration - A brand new natural sandstone paving with a chiselled profile and craggy face to create the look and feel of a weathered patio instantly. Available in handy 9.60m2 patio packs with three different sized pavers (800x400, 600x400 and 400x400).

    Restoration Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone brings instant maturity to your patio.

    Cloisters - Manufactured using hand-picked masters reclaimed from a 300 year old wool merchants in Shepton Mallet. There is plenty of character in each profile to add a timeless style to your garden. Cloisters is manufactured using 30% recycled aggregates and is available in a blend of three distinct but complementary shades which are designed to be laid together. Cloisters is available in two patio packs, one with larger sizes up to 1000x800 to replicate traditional paving and the other incorporating a long aspect slats design for a more modern feel.

    Cloisters Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone is manufactured using moulds created from original, reclaimed stone from a 300 year old building.

    Ashbourne - A quality riven paving incorporating fettled edges to provide a truly distinctive and attractive solution. Available in four shades (Cotswold, York Brown, York Gold and Antique Cotswold), two patio packs plus a 1.8m circle.

    Ashbourne Paving from Bradstone provides an attractive and distinctive solution to your outdoor space.

    New Products - Contemporary

    Finesse - A visually stunning natural limestone paving with smooth sawn edges to create a modern warm feel to the garden. This paving exhibits rich veins of colour running through it, with a lightly textured surface adding plenty of character. As an added benefit, the product will be coated with a sealant to ease cleaning and enhance the natural shading. Available in mixed 10.2m2 patio packs.

    Finesse Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone adds a warm modern feel to any garden.

    Vogue - A new contemporary design using two shades (Cragside and Fossil Buff) of natural stone. The stone is polished and sandblasted to give an extra quality feel with a unique design for a truly different patio. Vogue is available in 9m2 patio packs.

    Vogue Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone lends an extra air of quality and sophistication.

    Ventura - A new design to give you a different look to your patio. The Silver Grey Ventura uses a 500x500 paviour with a grooved design to give an ultra modern feel to the garden.

    The ultra modern Ventura Paving from StoneFlair by Bradstone.

    Tuscany 3D - A brand new shaped paver added to the Tuscany range. Can be used in two completely different laying patterns for a contemporary offset patio or for the more adventurous, why not try a 3D box effect on your patio. All patterns are achieved with only one shape so this paving is incredibly easy to lay.

    Panache takes style to a new level with its contemporary colours, not to mention a surface that sparkles in the sunlight.

    Panache - Introducing a new range of complementary shades: cream, fudge and chocolate. As with the existing colours in the range (Black, Silver Grey and White) these can be laid together in a random or formal pattern using one or both of the available finishes (textured and ground). Panache is a contemporary paver with up to 83% recycled content and Bradstone's surface protection.

    New Products - Concrete Block Paving

    StoneMaster - In addition to the already established StoneMaster range colours that replicate sawn sandstone blocks (Dark Buff Washed, Dark Buff Cast and Light Buff Washed), Bradstone have introduced three more colours to reflect the shades of natural granite. Available in mixed size packs, the three new colours of Light Grey Washed, Mid Grey Washed and Dark Grey Washed can be blended to give your driveway or patio a very contemporary look. All six colours are finished with surface protection to ease cleaning.

    Bradstone DriveFlair Block Paving has a visually stunning, high quality close textured finish.

    DriveFlair - A new range of block paving with a visually stunning, high quality close textured finish and enhanced colouration. The block is produced from 50% recycled product yet still provides an ultra hard-wearing patio or driveway. Available in five colours (Sunset, Twilight, Dusk, Flame and Sunrise).

    New Products - Walling and Edging

    Panache Walling - Ideal for use in modern gardens and is available in three shades (Black, Silver Grey and White). The walling is predominantly double-sided and is available in a 440x100x140 size.

    In addition to the new Panache Walling, Bradstone have also introduced a Long Aspect paviour (900x150) to the Panache range which can be used as a paving, as an edging or even as coping for the new walling range.

    Bradstone Panache Walling and Panache Long Aspect Paving / Coping / Edging.

    Bradstone are also introducing the new Slate Edging in Grey-Green which will be especially complimentary to the Old Town range.

    Bradstone Slate Edging Grey-Green.

    With all these new products in addition to Bradstone's already extensive catalogue, it certainly looks a superb 2011 lineup catering for all tastes and requirements.

    Please keep an eye out for these products appearing on our website very soon. If you require any further information, just drop us an email or give us a call on 0800 032 6306.


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  • General Information and After Care

    Posted on November 24, 2010 by Simply Paving

    In the final part of our Simply Do It Yourself series we highlight some important information regarding the products we supply.

    Colours

    It's the natural colour variations in Bradstone Natural Sandstone Fossil Buff that make it so covetable.

    The colours depicted on our website are as accurate as modern technology allows. Tonal variations are evident in all manufactured and natural stone products; we therefore recommend that colours are judged from actual materials.

    This is of significant importance when selecting a natural stone product which, by its very nature, will exhibit considerable deviations from slab to slab. It is important to view a range of samples to acknowledge the authentic diversity in colours, texture and markings.

    Manufactured products are designed to simulate natural stone and naturally occurring aggregates are utilised, therefore variation between batches can occur. To produce an overall natural appearance when using two or more packs of product we suggest that individual products are drawn from each pack and mixed on site at the onset of the project.

    Reconstructed stone products will weather in a similar way to natural stone, therefore the effect of the elements and site conditions may cause some colour change dependent on the degree of exposure.

    Manufactured paving is designed to reflect the tonal variations present in natural stone.

    After laying, some natural stone products may exhibit a brown colouration when oxidation of any iron content occurs.

    Maintenance/Cleaning

    Sealants such as Signo Flexiguard can help protect porous products against ingrained soiling from dirt, staining from oil and water based contaminants and even moss and algae growth.

    Regular maintenance is required to keep the overall appearance of the product in pristine condition. We recommend thoroughly washing paved areas with warm soapy water and brushing off with a stiff broom three or four times a year.

    High pressure washers are not recommended for use on wet cast manufactured paving.

    Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for the possible effects or damage caused by the contamination or application of some chemically based products which come into contact with a concrete surface e.g. some weed killers and acid or alkaline based cleaners.

    Common salt should not be used to de-ice wet cast paving. To prevent possible surface damage always use a proprietary brand of de-icing product expressly formulated for use on concrete.

    Drainage

    When laying a patio or path close to a house or dwelling it is essential that the finished paving surface level is at least 150mm below damp course level and should slope away from the building. A fall of 1:60 is generally sufficient). All paved areas should be gently sloping to allow excess water to be directed away and should always be laid on well drained ground. Any base preparation should also allow for drainage. Poor drainage may result in water retention and may affect the weathering characteristics of the materials.

    Pointing

    Please check the recommended joint widths for your chosen product. Many product dimensions allow for a 10-15mm joint width.

    For best results a strong semi-dry mortar mix is recommended (with sufficient water content to bind but not so much as to stain the paving when introduced). Pointing is best completed as laying work progresses and should be carried out during dry spells of weather and sufficient pointing mortar should be mixed to be used within 30-45 minutes (less in hot weather conditions). After this time it may become too dry to bond. If spaces between paving are filled with sand, modified sand or decorative stone, moisture may be held in the joints and water may penetrate the sub-base for excessive periods of time, resulting in the possible occurrence of dark staining on the top surface or around the edges of the paving.

    Suitability

    Manufactured products are reconstructed stone and the paving range is primarily intended for domestic landscape use. Simply Paving cannot accept any liability in respect of products being used for an inappropriate purpose.

    In the unlikely event of products reaching you in less than satisfactory condition, please contact us immediately. Simply Paving cannot accept responsibility once the product has been laid.

    Efflorescence

    Efflorescence emerges from pores through capillaries.

    Simply Paving cannot be held responsible for this naturally occurring phenomenon, which can be characteristic in quality concrete products containing a high cement content. In their early life concrete products may exhibit an apparent loss of colour and efflorescence may appear in the form of a bloom or stain on the face of the product. This is a result of an interaction between the cement used to manufacture the paving and the natural environment

    Natural stone flags can also exhibit the effects of efflorescence when laid on a mortar bed. When water is drawn up from the mortar bedding to the surface of the stone, "salts" are transported with it. Although the water will evaporate over time, the "salt" deposits will be left behind on the surface of the stone. These too will disappear over time, but can take a number of months.

    Efflorescence can be a characteristic of all good quality products with a high cement content.

    The effect generally disappears with the combination of the natural weathering process and the passage of time and its appearance is not detrimental to the performance of the material.

    Health and Safety

    Always wear suitable safety equipment when handling our products.

    Many products within our range are heavy. It is recommended that items over 25kg or those that are awkward in shape should be handled by more than one person, or suitable lifting equipment is used. It is suggested that work gloves are used to prevent abrasion to hands and lime burns from wet mortar.

    Eye protection (safety goggles) should also be used when cutting with either chisels or rotary disc cutters, also respiratory protection (dust mask) should be used to avoid dust inhalation with using high speed cutters.

    Please Note

    All dimensions quoted on our website are nominal and are subject to manufacturing tolerances and actual sizes will vary as products are designed to replicate natural stone which features riven profiles and irregular fettled edges. Our suppliers policy is one of continuous improvement, innovation and development and as such we reserve the right to change specification without notice.

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


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  • Finishing Touches

    Posted on November 23, 2010 by Simply Paving

    As we near the end of our Simply Do It Yourself series, we look at those little touches that not only keep your garden looking attractive, neat and well cared for but also add that extra bit of flair and pizzazz.

    Create stunning garden features that really add that extra something to your outdoor space.

    Installing Edging

    Bradstone Old Town Edging Weathered Limestone with Bradstone Decorative Aggregate Celtic Plum.

    Whilst some edgings can be laid directly into the ground, to increase stability, a more permanent method of fixing is recommended.

    This is achieved by digging a small foundation trench to the required length, approximately 100mm deep and 150mm wide. Lay concrete foundations using 6 parts ballast to 1 part cement (or 4 parts coarse aggregate to 2 parts building sand to 1 part cement).

    Once the foundation mix has cured, bed the edging by gently tapping the top edge with a rubber mallet into a mortar bed of 4 parts building sand to 1 part cement, ensuring each unit is aligned and level. Back fill the reverse face of the edging with the same mortar mix "haunched" with a 45 degree wedge of mortar to a height that will be concealed by the finished surface.

    Laying Stepping Stones

    If your lawns or herbaceous beds are showing signs of wear from frequent use, Bradstone Log Stepping Stones keep grass and plants safe from damage as well as adding a striking pathway.

    Evenly lay the stepping stones across the lawn or border. The recommended method for measuring the spacing of the stones is to use the length of a comfortable stride.

    Using the stepping stone as a template, cut away and remove the surrounding turf and soil to a depth of approximately 75mm. Backfill to a depth of 30-35mm with a semi dry mix of 5 parts grit sand to 1 part cement. Place the stepping stone and gently tap down with a rubber mallet so that it sits just below the level of the lawn.

    Using Pebbles & Gravel

    Clear the required area, removing all loose material and vegetation (use weed killer if necessary on any deep rooted weeds). Lay a semi permeable membrane over the whole area, with a minimum of 50mm overlap between sheets. Lay the decorative aggregate to the required depth (50mm is sufficient for most applications but please check for any instructions specific to your product). Rake to achieve the required surface level.

    Although decorative aggregates can be laid directly onto soil it is recommended to use a membrane to minimise weed growth.

    It's the little details that make a big difference in the garden. Take time selecting the decorative aggregates which will add the perfect finishing touch to your design.

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


    This post was posted in How to..., Simply Do It Yourself and was tagged with Aggregates, Block Paving, Building Materials, Circle, DIY, Driveway, Driveways, Landscaping, Natural, Patio, Patios, Paving, Pebbles, Sandstone, Simply Paving

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