A well paved patio area can created a great informal recreation or dining area that is located in close proximity to the house. 

The patio can be paved using natural stoneconcrete pavers or clay pavers and can add an extra dimension to indoor/outdoor living.  The strategic use of small planter boxes or retaining walls can create casual seating around the perimeter of the patio and can also be used to add some depth and elevation to a flat area.