A patio can be a hot slab of concrete baking in the sun--or it can be a welcoming extension of the house, calling you outdoors to enjoy cool breezes and fresh air. With a little planning, you can make your patio a comfortable seasonal room.
river rocks in a box + garden hose = clean feet what a great garden idea! Placed in the sun will heat the stones as well. -- Next to my front door with a gallon (repurposed milk) jug of water to get rid of the last of the sand after a day at the beach ;-)