11 Amazing Stone Patios
The best part of an outdoor patio is having a place to relax and entertain in the great outdoors. What are the most amazing materials to use when building a patio? What are some ways to keep the cost down and build a patio yourself? What are some ways to landscape around your new patio? We look at 11 amazing patios to answer these questions and more.
Flagstone and Pea Gravel Patio
Mixing materials such as flagstone and pea gravel can provide an interesting patio space while at the same time saving money. For this patio, less expensive pea gravel was used with the addition of some pricier flagstone. Mixing and matching different textures, colors, and materials is one of the best ways to build a unique stone patio. And, don’t forget to frame the patio with patio benches or these DIY patio planters.
An outdoor patio area can also serve as a bridge to build a space in your yard that would otherwise be unusable. When the runoff water rushes through, you can dangle your feet off this patio bridge to cool off and still stay dry! This unique patio space is made out of cedar logs and is the perfect area for a summer picnic.
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Gray Flagstone Patio
Natural stone is a time-tested material for an amazing outdoor patio. Here the homeowner expanded the use of stone to a wood-fired pizza oven. Click here on how to build your own stone or brick patio for complete how-to instructions.
This outdoor patio features a natural stone called bluestone which creates a homey look. Bluestone can come in tidy rectangles and squares, but for a more rustic patio, the irregular slabs make a more interesting and eclectic space. If you are a DIY landscaper looking for unique ways to enhance your patio, click here.
Brick and Grass Courtyard Patio
Looking for an economical way to build an outdoor patio space? Define the space with real brick and leave the leave grass in the center area. This courtyard patio area can still be used for sitting and eating or even watching the stars. Need patio furniture? Click here for the DIYer who wants to build their own patio chairs.
Limestone is a beautiful material to patios. It comes in many different shapes and colors and can be used for a patio or terrace, and then repeated for other exterior features, such as walls, borders, and trim.
Cobblestone Brick Patio
One of the most traditional patio materials is cobblestone brick. Never been to England or Belgium and walked the cobblestone brick streets, bridges, and courtyards? No problem, you can build this old-world feel into your patio experience. If you have brick walls, here’s how to clean the brick.
Want the look of natural stone, but don’t want to pay the high price? Stamped or acid stained concrete can be a less expensive way to build a patio. Stamped concrete can replicate brick, flagstone, even wood, and can be used for patios or courtyards, and of course, paths, driveways and pool decks.
If you’d like to start with a smaller stamped-concrete project, check out this attractive, sturdy table.
The classic Southern European look of terra-cotta is another beautiful idea for a patio. The look and feel of terra-cotta makes your outdoor space something of an exotic experience, and yet terra-cotta is easy to maintain. Leaves, twigs, and grass is easily swept or blown away in a matter of minutes. For other beautiful DIY ways to renovate your patio space, take a look here.
Ceramic Tile Patio
Want to bring the clean and colorful look of ceramic tile to your outdoor space? Tile can definitely be used for more than indoor use. Tile is durable which makes it perfect for kitchen and bathroom floors, however, tile is equally suited for outdoor patios. To learn how to build your own tile patio, visit this DIY tutorial.