Patio and rockwork

patio area with stone work "floor" and edging

A patio is an outdoor space that is generally used for recreation or dining.It is generally paved and made of concrete. The concrete may be in the form of a poured slab, or it can be created with paving stones. Patios can also be made with placed stone or brick.

Terrace August 2006

terrace or patio with ironwork table and chairs and lots of plants

A patio is usually as ground level. In contrast, a porch or balcony is usually a raised platform off the ground.

Some patios are designed to be an extension of the home, a sort of sunroom without walls. Others are more of a place to fit into and commune with nature; while others are a staging area for a pool or other outdoor activities.


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