Ideas and inspiration for a fairy-tale outdoor space

July 27, 2020

Ideas and inspiration for a fairy-tale outdoor space

by Sara Costi

With the arrival of summer, we’re all rediscovering the joy of making the most of our outdoor space. It’s time to get out of your day-to-day routine, dust off that book you can never find a moment to read, listen to your favourite music and organise drinks or a barbecue with friends on your terrace or garden, perhaps chilling by the pool and enjoying the magic of a magnificent starry sky, cooled by the summer breeze and heady with the scent of flowers. A trend that’s become increasingly popular in recent years is the "staycation": a holiday spent within the comfort of your home, choosing to spend the summer months relaxing in your own outdoor space.

Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Brown Grip

Terraces and gardens are the places par excellence to awaken emotions. To create welcoming, comfortable, functional spaces, and to leave your very own style hallmark on them, the same criteria must be adopted for choosing materials, furnishings and colours, which must be consistent with the style of the home as a whole.

Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Beige Grip – Covering: Amazzonia Composition A Eldorado

Thanks to Extragres 2.0, Casalgrande Padana offers an extensive choice of shades and surfaces selected from the collections Amazzonia, Country Wood, Manhattan, Parchi, Pietra Baugè, Pietre di Sardegna and Kerblock, with a thickness of 20 mm: stone-effect or wood-effect monolithic tiles in porcelain stoneware that are versatile, resistant and functional, perfectly square-edged and rectified, with a non-slip surface, ideal for all kinds of project requirements: from gardens to terraces, laid both on grass and on gravel.

Thanks to the natural surface for interiors and the non-slip surface for outdoors, it is also possible to create a sensation of visual continuity, for an interesting, smooth total look effect; a carefully balanced range of warm colour options, in which every vein conceals a story that adds vintage character to your home. The tiles will strike a harmonious balance with any decor style, be it classic, modern, country or rustic, injecting a sense of freshness and originality into every space.

Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Grey
Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Grey Grip Non-Slip
Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Green

Installation technique

Installation on screed with glue

Thanks to their 20 mm thickness, the Extragres 2.0 tiles can be installed on screed with glue to guarantee excellent load resistance for the flooring; it has a variety of applications, and is ideal for solutions that require excellent technical performance and resistance.

Dry installation on top of existing surfaces

The Extragres 2.0 tiles can be dry-laid directly on sand, gravel or grass, to obtain flooring which can be walked on straight away, without the need to use screed, mortar or glue.

Parchi Yellowstone - Laid on sand
Parchi Yellowstone - Laid on sand
Flooring: Parch Sequoia
Flooring: Pietre di Sardegna Caprera

Raised installation on supports

Generally speaking, raised installation outdoors uses polypropylene (PP) supports available in a range of heights (both fixed and adjustable). This makes it possible to obtain raised flooring for an outdoor space, creating a compartment below for electrical cabling and water pipes.

Fixed supports are available in heights of 14 mm, 25 mm and 35 mm and offer the simplest and cheapest solution for raised floorings. They are ideal for all settings that require a flooring easy to remove and inspect. Any irregularities in the flooring surface can be mitigated by levelling devices in order to ensure complete stability across every single tile.

Adjustable supports are available in various heights, ranging from 35 mm to 100 mm, and ensure that the finished flooring can be easily adjusted thanks to a dry laying technique that involves no glue or grouts. They are also perfect for levelling out uneven ground. If the ground you want to lay onto is uneven, we recommend that you use slope correctors to ensure stability and guarantee elevated resistance to loads by making sure that the ground is perpendicular to the tiles.

Flooring: Country Wood Ice 40x120 cm with raised installation
Flooring Kerblock Beige - Raised installation and dry installation on grass

Excellent technical characteristics

Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are easy to install and clean; they are non-allergenic, fire-resistant, long-lasting, unalterable and non-absorbent. They have excellent flexural strength, are unaffected by temperature fluctuations (whatever the latitude) and do not warp, guaranteeing high mechanical strength and remaining unchanged over time.


Maximum hygiene

Thanks to the Bios Antibacterial® technology, Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are able to eliminate the four main bacterial strains, combat unpleasant odours and the growth of mould, yeasts and bacteria in any type of environment, both indoor and outdoor. In addition, the benefits are even more impressive in the presence of humidity, a traditionally fertile environment for the development of bacteria.


Our commitment towards sustainable development

Casalgrande Padana porcelain stoneware tiles are made using only natural materials. They do not contain glazes, plastics or harmful substances, and made in a closed-loop production process, in which the sophisticated anti-pollution equipment used allows for the complete recovery and recycling of all the components, reducing emissions and dispersions virtually to zero: 0% harmful emissions, 100% reduction in water impact, 99.5% of waste recovered, 74% self-generated energy and 100% environmentally friendly packaging. Casalgrande Padana has also adopted an environmental management system compliant with the EMAS Regulation to continuously improve our environmental performance.

We have also published an environmental statement validated by the certification body. We take on board the suggestions and the most appealing images nature offers us, turning them into technologically innovative products with outstanding qualities functional to well-being and entirely eco-friendly, for a totally natural outdoor style.

Flooring: Amazzonia Dragon Chocolate
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