When you picture your dream patio and garden paving, what do you imagine? Is it drinks around a fire pit with friends and a glass of wine? Maybe it’s relaxing in a hot tub after a long day? Perhaps you envision a heated outdoor swimming pool for the kids and their friends to play in? These are all wonderful visions to have for the future. But right now, can you afford it? Hopefully yes, but the reality is it is quite an expensive outlay, so alternatives are sometimes neccesary.

And that’s okay. Why not opt for some cheap garden paving ideas for now. These will help your garden look great for the time being and give you money to save for the dream garden paving in the future.

In this blog post we share some cheap outdoor paving ideas that look anything but cheap. You really can achieve an impressive, paved garden without having to rob a bank or win the lottery!

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Using Green Space Alongside Paving Slabs

If you’re planning a new patio in your garden but you don’t want to lose all the greenery, that’s okay. Some homeowners really like a mix of patio area and grass. In fact, leaving some green grass between paved areas in your garden is great for a clean, cosy and contemporary garden and also reduces the amount of paving slabs needed. Take the time to check where the sunshine comes into your garden. Grass thrives in natural light so place your grass in the sunny spots and the paving where it’s not so sunny. 

Paving Large Spaces - Feature Pieces

You may have a large garden space and what to create a nice feature patio - but you can achieve a great effect without using a huge amount of paving. If you are clever with the placing, shape and style of your feature patio, you can make it feel bigger than it is. Here are some of the  our best cheap garden paving ideas using large features:

  • Use paving to neaten the borders of your garden instead of a full paved area. If you have flower beds, or sleepers or any other physical piece in your space, you can at a stone border around the features, which creates the illusion of a significant paved area without needing to fill the space.
  • A cleverly shaped patio kit can make the area seem bigger than it is. By using a circular patio kit, you can pay for less slab coverage, but the area feels a lot bigger than it would if you went for a square kit.
  • Block paving or setts turned into a spiral, diamond or circle could create a top end finish, for a lot less than you might expect.

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Maybe a smaller patio is simply the best option?

Bigger isn't always better. If you have a specific garden design or patio size in mind, but the budget won't stretch to what you would like, it's always better to make the area smaller and opt for the slabs you love rather than taking a drop in quality in order to fill the space as you planned. You don’t need a huge garden space to achieve the patio of your dreams. Instead, small and simple can look superb.

Some key tips when considering a smaller area:

  • Move the patio away from the house. A standalone area in a space away from the house is the best way to make the space feel larger. A small patio next to a house can feel smaller than it really is. A patio in a wide open space works the opposite.
  • Use single size paving laid in straight lines that run across the house. Imagine you are looking out of your window toward the patio. You want long straight lines to run horizontally across the window. This gives the illusion that the patio is larger and tricks the eye into thinking it is wider than it is. 

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More Cheap Garden Paving Money Saving Tips

These are three specific cheap garden paving ideas for green, large and small gardens. There are always ways to save money on your paved garden. Hopefully these little tips help.

  • A Winding Path - A solid, winding path is a big job if you’re planning on doing it yourself to save money. However, there is a great alternative if looking to save some cash. Instead of laying paving stones in a solid pattern, opt for using slabs as steppingstones with green space or decorative gravel between them. This means less material is needed and the effect is ultimately similar.
  • Statement Pavers, Where They’re Seen - If you are looking to create a paved area that grabs attention, then be savvy with your statement paving stones. Use the more expensive paving slabs that grab attention in spaces that they can be seen. Then under the shed, round the side of the house or in the bin area, opt for the value paving stones. These will come in a lot cheaper, but you'll get maximum value for your space with careful planning.
  • Plan For The Long Term - While you may be thinking how to save money now, it’s important to think about the long-term plan too. A paved area in your garden, when installed correctly, could last for life, not just for summer. Make sure you choose good quality paving slabs and use the right paving stones for the job. The result will be a stunning paved area in your garden that you and your family will love for years to come.