This large, two-story home is fronted by a variety of plants, including ground-cover providing shrubs, ornamental grass, and flowering plants; a round flagstone patio; and stone steps inset into a mulched area.
This beautiful patio features a central fountain surrounded by bluestone pavers. Brick bands help define different sections. Gracefully wide steps lead down from the kitchen; the original door was widened to allow for a more seamless transition from indoors out.
Just steps from the pool is this entertainer's dream outdoor kitchen. An expansive granite countertop provides space for buffets or cocktail parties and the new stainless steel grill is ready to feed a crowd.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs.
This private backyard patio renovation includes gray stone and boulders throughout, including the cozy fire pit area. An outdoor dining table with a neutral umbrella provides a lovely place for enjoying afternoon lunch, while long wood steps lead to a deck area that overlooks the surrounding tree-lined property.
A limestone deck leads to a striking infinity pool at this contemporary home in Mission Viejo, California. Lighted steps are convenient for users and add maximum drama for nighttime entertaining. An elevated hot tub becomes a focal point with its glass tile surround.
This spacious outdoor patio features a wood paneled overhang, providing a bit of shade during the day and lighting at night. Concrete steps and gravel landscaping complete the look of the area, while floor-to-ceiling glass walls and windows allow for a peek at the interior spaces, including the living and dining rooms.
Two long pools step down to a larger main pool in this beautifully manicured back lawn. Pink-stuccoed pavilions complement the Mediterranean architecture of the main house, which was built in 1927 and designed by famed architect Gordon Kaufmann. Outdoor statuary and crisp, immaculate gardens form the backdrop to a luxury oasis.
No need to walk far to enjoy this relaxing pool. Take a dip in the beautiful pool or enjoy a refreshing beverage on the step up patio area featuring Adirondack chairs and a vibrant red umbrella for a little shade and pop of color. This elegant garden is easy to maintain and allows natural beauty to flow.
The Newport Beach, Calif., backyard is divided into multiple living areas. Comfortable lounge chairs flank one side of the sleek pool, while stone steps lead over the hot tub. A lush lawn is surrounded by native grasses and beautiful trees and shrubs. The fire pit adds a warm space to gather in the evenings.
Antique stone pavers reclaimed from China cap the knee walls, act as floating steps and as coping on the benches. The aged patina is impossible to reproduce since it comes from hundreds of years of use and adds a historical permanence to the garden. Water is heard as it gently pours from a hand-chiseled stone rill into an elongated pool. Filled with koi and water lilies in bloom, the water reflects the sky above, surrounding trees and plants.
Concrete pavers lead up the steps and onto a patio with a water fountain and ledges to display containers for this home in the southeast U.S. The materials, including textured Mega-Arbel pavers with an irregular shape and antiqued Celtic Wall pavers by Belgard for the steps, are manufactured by Georgia Masonry Supply.
This patio was made for entertaining! A large built-in granite table sits 12 people just steps from a large commercial outdoor kitchen. The recessed seating area around the firepit also seats 12 while the infinity edge pool and spa looks out onto the lake.
Because the covered patio is positioned between the home's two wings, the space feels a little more secluded and so allows for those intimate conversations. Terra cotta steps lead from the sitting area to the lower level, where the owners can set up a table and host a small dinner party, or push back the chairs and dance beneath the stars.
Shifting soils will cause concrete patios, steps and driveways to crack. Luckily, most surface defects and hairline cracks can be repaired with a thin overlay of cement stucco or mall-aggregate concrete, says Tim Carter, builder/remodeler and founder of AskTheBuilder.com. For concrete that's severely cracked, missing chunks or at different heights, he recommends replacing with steel-reinforced concrete that's a minimum of 4,000 PSI strength.