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.
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