Thinking about a new patio?

A patio is the central part of many gardens and a professionally designed patio can be a wonderful asset and provide a beautiful yet functional area from which to enjoy your garden.

As landscape designers, and therefore also patio designers, we advise many of our clients on patio design and the options they have when creating a new patio.


Patio Design and Paving Installer

Jackson’s Landscape Design are based in Devon and are leading the vast national field when the requirements of patio design, installation, and aesthetics are sought after. Our design and installation procedures reflect the strength of the designer’s intention and the workmanship is of a very high standard in order to meet the demands of our clients.

We are independent contractors, whose workmanship, ethos and code of practice have been assessed in order to reduce the risk for you when choosing a paving contractor.

We have been strictly vetted by all companies listed and are proud to be chosen as the approved national installers for Natural Paving, Tobermore and Marshalls.

We are the only reputable national installers of every type of paving slab to the highest standards, whether for your garden, home, driveway or housing complexes. Need a hand making the right decisions? Call us on 01626 332533

Jackson’s Landscape Design provides patio design and paving installation throughout the whole of Devon including Torquay, Exeter and Newton Abbot.

We believe in 100% customer satisfaction. All our projects are completed to the very same high standards which is why every customer is overjoyed with the end result and why we get so many testimonials.

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Example of the plaving slabs we install

Jerusalem Stone is one of the oldest and most beautiful building materials in the world. The deposits, which are quarried in the Holy Land around Jerusalem, vary in colour from a rich gold to hues of grey and pink and are similar to limestone in appearance but much harder and less porous giving them the durability of granite. This means that it can be used inside and out in both domestic and commercial settings.

Jerusalem Stone

Jerusalem Stone is the trade name of stone quarried in areas from the Jordan River on the east of Israel to the Mediterranean Sea on the country’s west, and from the southern Port of Eilat on the Red Sea to The Galilee and Haifa on the north. It is mostly dolomitic limestone or dolomite, and tends to be of a gold or reddish hue, though some varieties are grey or nearly white. Dolomite is composed in large part of the mineral dolomite, which is made of calcium magnesium carbonate crystals.  Dolomite crystals are white, grey to pink in colour and it is this that gives Jerusalem stone its characteristic tint.  Dolomitic limestone is where the stone has been formed by the replacement of limestone with dolomite crystals.


Marble is a metamorphic rock, formed from limestone by heat and pressure causing the limestone and any fossilised materials to recrystallise and form large coarse grains of calcite. Impurities present in the original limestone give the marble its colour and minerals form the veins that are a characteristic feature of the stone.  Marble is found all over the world in different forms and the properties of each stone vary according to its composition.


Travertine is a sedimentary rock. Travertine is a natural chemical precipitate of carbonate minerals; typically aragonite, but often recrystallized to or primarily calcite; which is deposited from the water of mineral springs (especially hot springs) or streams saturated with calcium carbonate. When pure, travertine is white, but it is often brown to yellow due to impurities. When carbon dioxide-rich water percolates through rocks in limestone areas, the water dissolves the limestone and becomes saturated with it. When the water resurfaces later, the sudden drop in pressure and the change in temperature cause the water to release the carbon dioxide gas, much like fizzy drinks. The calcium carbonate then recrystallizes, often over minute underwater plants. The resulting rock is typically quite porous with numerous cavities.

Mediterranean stone

Our range comes from plentiful quarries in the Eastern Desert near the River Nile Valley the Valley of Kings and Aswan in the south that Exterior Stone taps the most dynamic and beautiful sources 100 million years in the making Egyptian Stone’s unique material of dolomitic limestone is a union of minerals from low- and high-range mountains, compressing and fusing a blend of fossilized sea creatures and gem-like ingredients that give you a creamy golden or honey hue.

Types of Stone Finish

Whilst most of our products are mainly used externally. The honed and polished are to compliment the other finishes and are for internal or covered area use only. The thickness of this stone is nominally 10 – 12mm thick. The finishes for exterior use are, chiselled, brushed, antiqued, and tumbled; the thickness for these units are 30mm.  


A smooth satin finish achieved by using abrasive polishers on the surface of the stone.  This preserves the aesthetic qualities of the stone but gives a less reflective surface than polishing.


A highly reflective finish achieved by applying polishing abraders to a honed stone surface.


This finish is adds a deeply attractive contrast to any project. This feature paving is used as a decorative trim, skirting and is used to clad walls.


A soft worn finish achieved by using plastic or metal brushes on the surface of the stone.


The stone is tumbled in a machine similar to a cement mixer or washing machine with small pieces of abrasive material such as granite or marble.  This achieves a worn rustic finish.  Larger pieces are either brushed or acid washed to achieve the same look as it is not practical to tumble them.  


This worn finish is achieved by a variety of methods such as tumbling, brushing or acid washing (treating the stone with an acid that eats into the surface to produce a worn effect).


Flamed paving is heated under the highest of temperatures, using a controlled finishing process. This high heat causes the individual grains in the stone to burst and change color. The result is a rougher texture of stone with a more natural, faded appearance. Generally, the colors of flamed paving units are more muted, including shades of tan or charcoal.

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Stone Installation 

Natural stone is subject to considerable variations in tone and vein.  It is therefore advisable to purchase enough for your entire project at the same time and to lay the paving out before laying to ensure that a satisfactory mix is obtained. The best substrate for fixing stone is a solid bed. Where fixing onto any other substrate care should be taken to ensure that it will not deflect more than half a millimetre when a heavy load is placed on it.

Failure to do this will lead to cracking of the stone paving. Fast setting cement based tile adhesives are most appropriate for stone installations using the solid bed method.  Light coloured stones should be fixed with white adhesives to prevent discolouration of the stone.  Where fixing on wood or under floor and under tile heating a flexible adhesive should be used. Before grouting it is advisable to apply an anti-stain impregnator treatment to ensure that any grout residue is easy to remove and avoid any possible staining by the grout.  Use a cement based grout and add a flexible additive where flexible adhesive has been used.  If fixing tumbled or unfilled stone use a slurry grout to ensure that all cavities are filled.

For all paving projects we recommend the following installation method.

Whilst preparing the exterior paving slab, ensure clean, dry and seal the underside of all units with a SBR bonding agent. This prevents any mortar staining being drawn into the paving during installation, as you cannot remove the staining with any substance. For the paving sealant we recommend in most external cases LTP Mattstone.

Patio Design - Porcelain paving slabs, Ogwell, Devon

 The sub-base for which you will be laying your paving should have little (<1.0mm) or no deflection. The sub-base should have a construction of a minimum of 150mm type 1 MOT compacted to your chosen level or even a level base of concrete if you wish.

Paving should then be laid upon a full solid bed of mortar, 4:1 with a strong addition of pva, Butt jointing provides the better finish with the 1 – 2 mm seams filled with KDS (kiln dried sand), prior to sealing the finished project with a LTP product.

For a no obligation quote which will be tailored to your unique requirements, please use the contact page and I will assist with all enquiries and the finer details of national delivery, installations and prices.

We recommend that in all cases you consult the adhesive and grout manufacturers’ instructions to ensure that a satisfactory job is done and future problems are avoided.


Patio Design made easy

If you need a hand making the right decisions, or want to talk to us about your patio design and incorporating one into an overall garden design, please get in touch – call us on 01626 332533


We look forward to working with you, designing and installing beautiful natural paving within your gardens, homes and offices.

My primary aim is your complete satisfaction … I look forward to being of service to you.