Patio Planning

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 (read about that here) I’m now challenged with adding saavy gardening accents to that section of our yard, a huge task in itself.

Round flagstone patio inspiration

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 what might be worth hiring a professional for.

Looking for even more ideas on patio design? Keep on reading to see more.

Our deck was our first big project, a design that I crafted myself with the help of an online deck building program and a 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.

Deck inspiration, before and after.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:

Patio detail inspiration.

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.

An inspiring cement patio as seen on The Lil House That Could.

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?

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Fazio is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

9 Responses

  1. Issac says:

    Carry out the renovation of front yard and patio with the help of the fully qualified professional contractors in the city, and see how easily they help providing a refreshed look to the entire space.

  2. I am wondering if you are so obsessed with the decoration of patios how much you would spend time in perfecting the interior of your house. Share with us the interior decor pictures and ideas as well. In patios I like to see plants and wooden floors with good back-ground such as fountains and soft murmuring of birds.


    good day

  4. tjbhenry92 says:

    I love this, has personilty

  5. [...] Looking for springtime patio inspiration? You’ll want to check out this post for a DIY Network gallery that’ll make you swoon, plus Rebecca’s patio – one of my [...]

  6. Kathy says:

    We have a big yard and help is needed. No idea's in what direction to go. HELP


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I caught the home improvement bug at an early age, and now I'm a full-time DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects I cover on my blog Merrypad range ...

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