A stone patio circle is an ideal base for a circular pergola, and there are some fabulous circular paving kits available in a range of styles.
Top it off with a fantastic circular, hexagonal or square pergola kit to make it a really special place to spend time out in the garden...
...Or, why not build a DIY pergola to fix on top of your paving circle.
Either way, it will look really great!
The patio circle can be used as an outdoor dining area, a place for a statue or water feature, for comfy cushions with loungers, or even - if you're feeling very decadent - a hot tub. The world's your oyster!
So first of all we need to build this thing...
This laying method applies to all light traffic patios.
The example patio below was built for a free-standing hanging chair, but the same method applies to all, whatever you decide to place on it.
Below is the hardcore compacted. You can use a wacker plate if you like, instead of a board, but compacting an area of this size, or even a two ring patio circle kit is easily done with a board. Just spend a bit of time getting it really firm.
And there we have it.
This circle isn't going to move any time soon!
If you know what you're doing, great!
If you feel you need more help with laying your patio: calculating hardcore and mortar quantities and amount of slabs needed; or if you are going to to lay drains or disguise manhole covers, then I do have a resource which includes a video of professionals laying a small patio, which has notes on the most frequently asked questions.
Find it here...
It's best to get it right first time.
There are lots of circular pergola kits that will look amazing over your patio circle. Choose one that is a suitable size for the purpose.
Asian pergola kits tend to lend themselves to a patio circle, too, with their beautiful curved beams and rafters.
This round pergola kit is really stunning and very modern...a fantastic place to sit and bask in the sunshine!
Or, what about a wrought iron gazebo (very 'in' at the moment), which would be just the job?
Why not build your own pergola? Many people have built the hexagonal pergola, from the additional pergola plan series, to fit around their patio circle. It makes a great dining area.
Alternatively, use the free pergola plans to create a wonderful square pergola around your patio. Make it different and unique with the 18 free rafter tail templates.
Most patio circle kits have the option of 'squaring off' kit, too. Not only can you find patio kits here but also ideas on how to use them in a larger patio and garden design.
Circular patios are calming structures to have in the garden. They bring peace and serenity to the space. Look at this simple idea of putting an intricate rose arch as an entranceway to the patio area. It could also be enclosed by some low fencing to give a really cosy feel or could be made into a seat overlooking the patio.
These lovely cream metal arches, pergolas and gazebos are very on trend at the moment, the intricate, shabby chic, wrought iron gazebos being ideal for using around a circular patio.
The best selection of gazebos, arches and seats can be found here...
Be creative. Think about how you could use different textures, heights and planting to give a truly wonderful effect.
Let's get building!
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