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Decks & patios

From a family area for children to play in, through to a stunning zone for entertaining guests and everything in between, these expert tips will help you create a summer-ready space


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Getting the preparation right is key to ensuring a successful outdoor living project. Here’s how to understand planning and site conditions:

“Adding decking and/or patios to your home is likely to fall within permitted development (PD), so you won’t normally need formal planning”, says Build It expert Mike Dade.

“The tricky bit is that a raised platform isn’t PD, so the line where decking ends and a raised platform begins can be hard to pin down (usually higher than 0.3m, according to PD rights for householders: technical guidance).”

“Firstly, clear out weeds and any roots that could cause issues down the line. You’ll need to remove turf and topsoil to a depth of 15cm to lay foundations”, says Lee Dunderdale from Bradstone. “With patios, it’s important to build in a slight slope so the rainwater can run off to the lawn and not create puddles.”

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Build It magazine's new August 2018 issue is packed full of ideas and practical advice to help you successfully create your dream home. Here's our pick of some of the top features this issue: - Cover house - a characterful oak self build home on a garden plot - Design & build special: the companies who can take the stress out of your project - Wow-factor extensions that add space, light & value - Are heat pumps worth the money? - Why you should invest in rooflights - Create a summer-ready outdoor living space ... and more!