On the top of my to dos this week is to have some companies come out to our house for quotations for the addition of a patio to our backyard. Of course my mind is swirling with ideas for what I want it to look like. I've had enough time to think about it -- we've had doors to nowhere off our kitchen since we moved in almost 6 years ago! Grad school loans are now paid off and the time has come to move forward with finishing our outdoor space.
I've looked (and looked) all over Pinterest and Google and I think that I've narrowed it down to either flagstone or bluestone as my top choices.
Flagstone was my original choice, mostly because I'm more familiar with it. I found some stunning examples of flagstone work done in my area:
Bluestone is choice that I discovered while searching for ideas. I love the subtle variations in color and smoothness of the stone.
Another option is slate. I couldn't find too many pictures of slate patios, but I love this covered one:
I'm really leaning towards natural stone, but we have to see where the estimates come in. I've found one example of stamped concrete that may work, if done right.
The main two features that we are looking for are a round stone firepit and a stone wall, to give us some privacy. We are going to go with a woodburning firepit. We really love the crackle and smell of a real wood fire.
I'm so excited to finally be moving forward with this project. I'm going to schedule the estimates this week, but I don't know if anyone will actually be able to come out, because they are forecasting snow for the first time this winter! I'll keep you all updated with our plans as we move forward!