Choosing the right contractor

How do you choose the right contractor to install your patio?

After all your inspiration, planning and investment, finding the right installer is essential, as you will rely on their advice, product knowledge and workmanship to achieve the desired end result.
Well the easy way is to meet them and see how much information and advice they are prepared to give you. The materials cost an awful lot these days and can be ruined by an unprofessional installation. At KDR Landscapes and Paving we have been installing driveways, patios and landscaping gardens for the best part of 25 years.
Did you know the question most frequently asked is "how much will it cost?"
The majority of installation costs are usually ground preparation and labour and this is where we come in.
Opting for a premium quality paving won't significantly increase the overall cost, so choose the best you can afford.
If you want more information about how we can help you feel free to give us a call - bearing in mind that we only service the north west of England!

New driveways – what you should know!

Important Things To Know about installing a New Driveway


Permeable paving must be laid over an open-graded sub-base. This simply means using a material which has allows water to pass through it easily. Sand won't be suitable therefore.

Impermeable materials will need to be laid with a gradient, usually between 1:60 -1:80 depending on the material. The gradient is not as important with permeable materials because they allow water to drain through anyway.

Edge Coursing - Important on most types of driveway but especially on paved driveways to prevent the slabs/stones from spreading. Edging will have to be bed using concrete, with a haunch on the outside edge to add extra support. This will have to be done at the sub-base layer.

Dropping The Kerb - If you are installing a driveway you'll very likely need to have the kerb dropped if it's not already done. This must be done through your local council because you're not only changing the pavement, you're acquiring permission to cross it with a vehicle. Most councils charge an initial inspection fee to check your property is suitable for a dropped kerb. You'll then need a contractor to do the work for you, some councils provide this service whilst others allow you to find your own, if is the case then you'll probably be able to find someone who'll do it cheaper than the council so get a number of quotes.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems - If you are installing a driveway you'll very likely need to have the kerb dropped if it's not already done. This must be done through your local council because you're not only changing the pavement, you're acquiring permission to cross it with a vehicle. Most councils charge an initial inspection fee to check your property is suitable for a dropped kerb. You'll then need a contractor to do the work for you, some councils provide this service whilst others allow you to find your own, if is the case then you'll probably be able to find someone who'll do it cheaper than the council so get a number of quotes.