Previously, this area was terraced but bare, and the ground stony with poor soil.
We decided the best solution was to have it completely covered with concrete, except for a small bed below the window, and grow bougainvillaea, jasmin and other climbing plants in pots beside the fencing.
It was difficult to squeeze a swimming pool into this small area but we are quite pleased with the result and the terrace below is a little sun-trap which will be perfect for enjoying the winter sun.
The surface of the terraces is coloured cement which has been impressed with a design to simulate paving, and sealed. This is quicker and cheaper than laying stones or slate. We hope it will be durable.