A sunken design and rustic flagstone walls ensure that gravel doesn't spill into the adjoining gardens and lawn. The smallish gravel mimics the various colors seen in the stacked stones and the fireplace to generate a pleasingly cohesive composition.
Inexpensive 16-in x 16-in patio stones surrounded by pea gravel form a low-maintenance patio. Dig out and level the base, then place the stones and gravel. With basic tools and beginner skills, a small patio can be completed in one or two weekends. It’s a practical no-water alternative to a lawn too.
Loose gravel in shades of gray, white, and tan gives this raised patio a beachy feel to complement the relaxed look of the low-slung wood-sided cottage it sits behind. | Photo: Coral Von Zumwalt | thisoldhouse.com
What if you stopped thinking of your backyard as a tiny bit of lawn, trapped by a fence, and instead began thinking of it as an outdoor room, with dirt for a floor and the sky for a ceiling? This is an approach that works particularly well for townhouse b
This gravel patio was created over an existing concrete slab. Kevin O’Gara of Thou Swell built it as part of a total patio makeover. He shows us all the steps involved on The Home Depot Blog. || @thouswellblog
"For soft gravel patios I like to use 3/4 inch round rock. I dig an area out flat so that I can spread it at least 3" thick and have the top be at the desired grade. I rake it smooth and hose it down to clean it. Instant patio! Pea gravel, which is smaller and more common, is an option too, but I find it sticks to the feet and in the soles of some shoes and gets tracked around. The 3/4 round rock tends to stay in place and is prettier. I never put landscape fabric underneath. Jeffrey Bale