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Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Patios

POSTED June 4, 2019

One of the reasons we like watching HGTV is so we can ogle all the possibilities in upgrades and makeovers – mini to maxi. And one of the features that gets very little airtime – but is just as much fun to dream about — is outdoor flooring. When we talk about outdoor flooring, from pavers and fancy concrete, to decking, faux tile and pea gravel – those are just a few of the options that can  enhance patios, conversation pits, dining areas and extensions.

Take a look at some of the creative outdoor flooring ideas from around the country, whether to employ and enjoy now, or consider for a future outdoor attraction!

Wood-Grained Concrete

The Lil’ House That Could is a blog by Rebecca and Mike. She’s an HGTV fan and he’s a diehard DIYer. You can imagine the great projects they have collaborated on, including one show-stopper they came up with for their backyard: wood-grained concrete. When they built their house, it had a SMALL deck and no patio. After hunting for something unique and singular they happened on a wood-grain stamp. If you like it too, just google “wood plank stamped concrete near (zip code)” and you’ll see at least one or two concrete contractors who do the same or similar work.

Patio-Patterned Personality

Idea Stand posted 25 ideas for patio floors last year and while the tile options are more suited to places like Los Angeles and southern parts of Texas, the patio extensions and additional patio spaces – some with built-in stone seating and fire pits – will work anywhere. The stone patio with a dragonfly outline is a unique mosaic-like enhancement, using what seem like random patterns of stones, laid in between flagstone and pavers, to create the insect’s likeness.

Attractive Al Fresco Dining

Lisa, blogger for Recaptured Charm, and her husband Mr. Charming, decided to put a stone patio in the corner of their yard that a pile of dirt once occupied. The stones might all be the same pattern, but you can’t tell because they’re arranged without interlocking, with added pea stone in between. The effect is anything but monotonous and the Adirondack chairs and purchased firepit are the perfect piece de resistance.

Distinctively Mod Pavers

Mod Frugal, AKA the budget-minded modernist, curated these images from Jenn Ski of what he calls the poor man’s patio. These circular cement pavers in front, back and on the side of homes take lots of sweat equity and the result is organically artistic. The individual arrangements make them distinctive and dissimilar, some became platforms for plants, and chairs and as Mod Frugal suggests, why not add a circular firepit?

You could cover your patio in Envirotile from Home Depot – they even have a tutorial on how to install them yourself. It’s one of the home improvement store’s green products, a durable line of outdoor tiles that can be installed on top of existing outdoor surfaces, even on level dirt. 

For more ideas about “dressing up” your concrete patio, head over to The Garden Glove. You’ll find out how to paint the cement, cover it with pavers or even add stone tiles. 

The DIY Network put together a guide to the trendiest outdoor flooring options with costs, pros and cons, ideal locations and design ideas. Be prepared for patio envy with this collection of photos and details. Even if you would never dream of laying ceramic tiles down over your concrete for outdoor patio living, you’ll spend a few minutes admiring the results of the people who did!

Enjoy the Outdoors in Crystal Valley

One of the most alluring things about the master-planned community of Crystal Valley is how it sits in acres of nature, but is still just minutes from everything you need to make a life. If you’re looking for a brand new home explore the more than 10 beautiful models and move-in ready homes from Richmond American Homes, Kauffman Homes, Century Communities and D.R. Horton – ranch and two-story designs, priced from the $300s. 


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