Posted: 16/08/2014 at 10:31
Just found this thread and not read it thoroughly but thanks for the compliments Salino
Hi cc, you've been very busy already and I wish you well with all your plans. Apologies if you've said which direction the garden faces and I've missed it, but just looking at your pix and plan I'd suggest that whatever medium you go for in your seating/dining areas, you link the bit outside your french doors with the enclosed area between the buildings and use only one surface, as it gives a more cohesive look. If the whole area is in enough sun then decking would be fine. It's slippy when it's wet if in too much shade and that's where people go wrong - they simply use it in the wrong place. If it's too shady, moss builds up on it during wet weather which causes the issue. I had it in a previous garden leading from french doors and I loved it - barefoot on a sunny morning for my breakfast. That faced south east and had sun from early morning till mid afternoon. I cleaned mine once a year with a stiff brush and water with some washing up liquid. For deep shade, I only ever use gravel as it's non slip, so you could have paving on the main area and graduate into more gravel in the enclosed area which will still work well. I'd avoid mixing decking and paving as it's difficult to marry the two together successfully.
I also noticed that you have a gate from the side of the property leading into the enclosed part so that will have a bearing on what you put down and how you use it. If you have a big table to put there it may restrict the gate - so measure carefully! I can see what others are saying re sitting on the area outside the doors as you have the neighbouring garden/conservatory there, but you also seem to have a bit of space next to the fence so you could have some shrubs to provide screening there to make it more private. That's the obvious area for bigger meals as you have direct access from the doors, and you could always have a bench or a small 'bistro' table with a couple of chairs in the enclosed area for a morning coffee, or a quiet place to take a little break and contemplate your vision!