The highlight of this small patio is the curved freestanding bench, which is a focal point in its own right, but is critical for defining this living space, making it a true "outdoor room". The plantings behind it will really dress it up, something not yet apparent from this photo taken the day it was installed.
This patio replaced an older wood deck, right. An existing boulder and peony plant were tucked along the edge to provide some needed definition to the space.
This was an interesting project for me because the customer chose a "wet cast" paver. The term is almost self explanatory, but you have to see the difference to understand it. It's a more refined looking paver, almost like ceramic tile. When it's wet, it gets a sheen like you see in the photo to the right. The cost is only a little higher than more typical concrete pavers.
I love this before and after shot. The homeowners wanted some outdoor space here, but without a door, the pergola and and patio wouldn't make much sense. So all these changes were made together, and the result was impressive.