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Slab-to-Fab Patio Makeover

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Whip a basic concrete pad into shape for summer entertaining. Add curves to the edges, and create zones for dining, lounging, and gardening.

Remodeled and expanded patio
Before image of patio

Solid, but Not Stylish
Limited by the slope of the yard, the original concrete slab provided space for a table but not much else. The concrete was still in good enough shape to keep, so retaining walls were added to expand the amount of flat ground around it. Pavers could then be laid in a circle around the slab to create more space for relaxing and entertaining. This photo shows the new Pella French doors (#200475) opening onto the existing step-up platform.

Patio set up for entertaining

Furnish an Outdoor Room
Mix-and-match outdoor furniture from the allen + roth® Custom Outdoor Collection was layered in to make the patio comfortable and welcoming, perfect for parties and everyday living. The original slab blends in with the pavers in the background.

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Plan showing layout of lounging, entertaining, and cooking zones

Throw the Slab a Curve
Accent pavers (Prism Stone, #321000) in curved designs add space for grilling, dining, and relaxing -- they also freshen the patio design. Low retaining walls of Chiseled Wall blocks emphasize the curves and hold back the slope of the yard. For a detailed look with planting suggestions, view our downloadable patio layout diagram.

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Patio furniture with table

Alfresco Furnishings
A dining set doesn’t have to match. Pair a lighter wood dining table (Arbormere, #402142) and darker wicker chairs (#402072) from allen + roth® for a casual look.

Barbecue grill

Get Grilling
The grill near the dining table and patio doors remains safely away from the house and out of traffic. The Master Forge grill (#97709) with four stainless-steel gas burners cooks enough for a crowd. Side shelves hold food trays, plates, and tools (#143171).

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Fire pit with rockers, lounge chairs

Easy Does It
Mix-and-match cushions (#245930), pillows (#248399, #17849), and furniture add personality and options galore. And what could be more relaxing than rockers (#355049, frames only) surrounding a soothing fire pit (#383763)? Most of the furniture pieces, pillows, and cushions are from the allen + roth® Custom Outdoor Collection.

Child-size picnic table on patio

Build a Kid-Size Picnic Table
Give little ones their own place on the patio to sit, eat, and play by making this pint-size picnic table. You can build it in less than a weekend. Cedar wood makes the table fit for outdoor use, while stain and paint add color and style.

Metal and wood flower decorations

Bloomin’ Fun
Create these fun DIY flowers to add height and color to flowerbeds, pots, and walkways.

Outdoor Planter Bench

Bench with hanging flower garden

Plant Your Seat
Build this sturdy bench with a colorful hanging garden. It offers seating and storage, carries colorful plants to new heights, and breaks up an expanse of plain siding. Pillows (#249865, #18470) tie the bench into the rest of the patio decor.

Patio-friendly plants

Patio Plants
Petunia (A): spreading annual. Coleus (B): bushy annual. Pansy (C): cool-season, low-fuss annual. Lantana (D): a butterfly-attracting annual. Cheddar Pink (E): mat-forming perennial. Oregano (F): perennial herb. Shasta Daisy (G): summer-to-fall perennial