Have you thought about updating your flooring yet?
It’s the most overlooked part of the yard, but it’s essentially the backbone of the whole area. The right flooring design can really pull your whole look together, whether it’s a clean and simple design or a whimsical garden.
It’s very simple to create outdoor flooring yourself.
Here are five of the best outdoor designs for almost any yard and how to install them quickly and easily.
Materials for Beautiful Outdoor Flooring Designs
Before you buy any materials, think about what kind of vibe you want your yard to give off.
If you want your yard to be calming and relaxing, go with a clean and simple flooring option. If you want it to look more natural, you’ll want a more natural flooring option like stone flags or boulders.
Once you’ve decided, it’s simply a matter of obtaining the right tools and getting that flooring laid.
Measure the area out, and make sure you buy enough flooring to cover it. If the area needs prior preparation, such as removal of materials or leveling, you’ll need to do that first. Once it’s ready, you can start laying down your new flooring.
Wooden tiles are an alternative to regular decking, which usually consists of planks of wood rather than tiles. They can be cut in different patterns, so you can have an individual tile pattern on your deck. It looks really clean and smart in almost any yard.
To install these, first of all ensure the area is level so your tiles will lie correctly.
Then, lay landscape fabric over the area to stop weeds from coming through them.
Now, lay your tiles in the desired pattern, leaving the appropriate spacing in between them. Do not attach them until you are happy with the look of them. Nail or screw them into place, making sure the tops of the fixings are flush with the level of the floor. Finish off with a skirting board to finish the edges.
Herringbone Concrete Pavers
Herringbone pavers can add a lot of visual interest to your garden, and they’re a classic design.
You can install them in either 90 degree or 45 degree angles, so you can pick the one that you feel will look best. To install them, this guide has detailed instructions and downloadable guides so you can get your flooring looking perfect.
To do either 90 degree or 45 degree patterns, you’ll need to establish a base line to work against. When it’s a 90 degree pattern, you can work from the line of the house or another straight line in the area. If it’s a 45 degree pattern, you’ll need to lay the straight tiles at the edges first and work from there.
Replacing your natural lawn with artificial lawn is a great way to stylize your yard, save water, and reduce maintenance.
You won’t need to worry about mowing, watering, or feeding artificial lawn, as it doesn’t require the same intense maintenance to keep its health and appearance.
But how much does turf cost?
The cost of artificial turf depends on the grade, and usually sells by the square foot. If you find the cost of new turf is too expensive for your budget, you may want to consider used artificial grass and its convenient reduced cost. This grade has been recycled from large sports facilities, cleaned, and prepared for further installation. For just pennies on the dollar, you can enjoy a drought-tolerant lawn in your backyard for years to come.
First, you’ll need to cut your old lawn out. Level the area out and then lay a layer of sand over it. Then, you’ll need a weed membrane to stop weeds coming up through the lawn. Finally, you lay your lawn down. Attach it at the edges and it’ll be ready for you to enjoy.
You can cover your whole lawn area with the grass or you could just pick a small area within it. This is a good idea if you want a small seating area or a play area for your children.
If you want a bold look in your garden, try using two different colors of patio tiles to create a stunning effect. You can create an alternating pattern, or even create pictures in your flooring using different colors. It really is as flexible as you are. If you’re looking to install these tiles, they work very similarly to the wooden tiles.
You’ll need to clear and level and area if there isn’t a patio already in place. Lay a layer of sand to create a level area and then begin to lay your patio tiles. Again, make sure there’s adequate space between them all as you go using spacing tools. This guide goes in depth into how the process works.
If you’re looking for a more natural and rugged look for your back yard, natural boulders could be the best choice for you.
These are a bit different, as you’re not going to cover the floor with them, but you can create walkways and areas of interest with them.
Installing boulders take a lot of planning. That’s because they’re large and heavy, and can be difficult to bring in to get placed within your yard. When you decide to use them, think about where you’ll source them from. You want to find somewhere as local as possible.
That means you won’t need to bring them in from anywhere far away. When you pick your boulders, remember to keep them in scale with your yard. You want them to be impressive, but they shouldn’t overwhelm it.
To install them, you’ll actually have to plant them into the ground.
That’s to ensure a truly natural look, as otherwise they may look odd. Once you’ve got the in the ground, it’s best to plant some greenery around them. This, again, is to make them look as natural as possible.
It really is easier than you think to lay your outdoor flooring.
Doing so means you can be as creative as you like, and really implement your own vision. It’s a project that’s simple to do, but can be something you’re really proud of once it’s finished. Give it a try, you’ll be surprised at the results.