We are wondering how to add a seatibg/eating area to our garden which is quite sloped (sloping away from the house).
We'd really like to use York stone, but don't think we can afford it and as the garden is sloped we'd need to add some kind of retaining wall or steps which would add to the cost.
DH suggested we look at decking instead, as it's soft underfoot and child friendly (have two young DSs) and easy to install on a slope. But while I think it looks great in the US or with modern houses (60s onwards) I'm not sure it sits well with old, period style houses.
We've got dark coloured decking in the garden of our long, narrow Victorian house and it looks fine. We have a big cast alluminium table and chairs on it though, which covers most of it and gives it a bit of a 'tea on the terrace' sort of feel I guess.
I have decking but its a small garden and is done in terraces with in built planters and seating etc,the walls are lovely old brick which stops it looking woody.I think it looks fine in old houses Ours is light coloured and is lovely.