This post was originally published on DIY Network’s blog Made + Remade in March 2013.
Some of my favorite home improvement experiences have tied closely to the design and construction of our deck and flagstone patios, and now that we’re encroaching on springtime and the snow has mostly melted from the backyard, I curiously wonder what great patio projects other homeowners are preparing for. Even though our heavy flagstone patio construction is complete, I’m now challenged with adding savvy gardening accents to that section of our yard, a huge task in itself.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your own, this gallery on DIY Network is loaded with great ideas. Check it out to get a taste for what you can do yourself, or for what hiring a professional may be worthwhile.
Our deck was our first big project and required a lot of planning. I followed a design that I crafted myself with the help of an online deck-building program (and my vivid imagination). It’s still hard for me to imagine that in just a few short months, I tore down the old red deck that was attached to the back of my house, and replaced it with a deck almost double in size.
The flagstone patio that I showed you above was another labor of love, a project that challenged us to organize thousands of pounds of flagstone into a round puzzle. I’m so happy it turned out as well as it did, because it’ll be something we enjoy for a long time. Just check out that attention to detail in the stonework:
If you’re looking for something different, see the patio that Rebecca and her husband had built. It’s stamped concrete finish is deceiving and modern, because it was designed to simulate the lines in natural wood boards, and then tinted to enhance the effect.
Rebecca’s patio, being stamped cement, is durable, long-lasting, and looks really great. The surface and shape of their patio is something I’ve kept in the back of my mind for years now because I think it plays off the back of their house in a really nice way. Should I ever have the right space or sidewalk for a treatment like theirs, I’ll be all over making my own. You can read about the design and installation of their deck on Rebecca’s blog The Lil’ House That Could.
What are you taking into consideration as you design your future (or dream) patio?