Patio Sizing Tips
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Designer Scott Cohen shows how he designed several projects while considering furniture, entertainment needs, and proximity to the house.

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On the inside of most homes, the floor materials vary some from room to room. Treat the outdoor rooms the same way by mixing up your materials or styling. Use different textures, stamp patterns and finishes to give each area a slightly different feel. Colors should always coordinate, but don't be afraid to use a little creativity within the media you're working with. For instance, on this well acclaimed project (see photo below), I used exposed aggregate for the outdoor living room flooring, tumbled concrete pavers for the outdoor kitchen, stamped concrete pads for the pathways and wet set pavers for the sundeck.

Surface Options for Concrete Patio Flooring

More ways to mix it up
Trim an outdoor seating area with a decorative band. The band can be as simple as a saw cut 10-12" band on the border of a concrete slab, or on stamped applications try one of my favorites: bar-tile trim, fleur-de-lis, or a grape vine border.

Fleur-De-Lis, Grape Vine Border, & Bar-Tile Trim

Options for existing patios

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