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