Black & Decker Complete Guide to Patios - 3rd Edition: A DIY by Editors of Cool Springs Press

By Editors of Cool Springs Press

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Making your outdoor room out of the way inspires creativity—being free of the style constraints set by the house, the patio can blend into the landscape or become an eye-catching focal point on its own. Detached patios are often created to supplement a patio or deck adjoining the house. This arrangement offers even more freedom for designing the remote patio, since the primary outdoor activities can take place on the main patio close to the house, while the remote space is used ostensibly as a private retreat.

But by devoting most of the area to two patios and the rest to planting beds, this design provides ample room for entertaining, outdoor dining, and even gardening. The main patio space is paved with cut stone for a natural yet clean look and a smooth surface that’s good for nighttime parties and frequent traffic between the house and the back gate. In one corner, a flagstone coffee table and fountain define a casual “lounge” area; the fountain also helps dampen the city’s noise. A vine-covered arbor (or trellis) provides shade and privacy for half of the lounge area and a portion of the smaller planting bed.

Your tile supplier can help with these calculations. Here are some other things to think about when considering stone for your patio or walkway: • In general, the difficulty of quarrying and dressing stone makes it a relatively expensive material. The more work that’s done to the raw material—hand-selection, cutting, and finishing—the higher the cost. • When it comes to a finished patio, one of the main drawbacks of some flagstone is its uneven surface, which can lead to wobbly tables and the occasional stubbed toe.

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