Flagstone Patios

Learn all you need to know about flagstone patios and browse design options for your outdoor space.

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By: Sean McEvoy

Flagstone patios are attractive additions to any home, and if you're considering adding an outdoor living space to your backyard, you may want to consider this classic and convenient design option.

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A Grand Entrance

The staircase is not only a fabulous focal point; it divides the space into two rooms. While the upper level is designated for dining, the lower level is ideal for patio furniture that encourages further lounging. Photo courtesy of Joanne Kostecky

Southwestern Flair

From cactus plants to iron elements, a rustic colored awning to stucco, this patio takes an eye-catching approach to comfort and southwestern design. It's a small space, but the strategic landscape adds a punch of flavor to the elevated structure. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Courtyard With Character

This courtyard patio brings the indoors out with designated areas to relax. Two plush chairs create a conversational corner, the extra seating surounding the tree is ideal for entertaining, and comfortable bench seats provide a delightful dining experience.

Serene Surroundings

Water elements go a long way in a backyard escape. This patio is surrounded by a moat-like feature, which defines the outdoor space.

Modern Design

Clean lines and a variety of different textures forms a trendy retreat for guests. Extra privacy is designed with lush plants, shrubs and trees. Photo courtesy of Landscaping Network

A Pleasing Patio

Pergolas add instant charm and architectural interest to any patio. This shaded sitting area features comfy cushion chairs and shrubbery for a pleasant outdoor experience.

Rooftop Patios

Take advantage of your view with a rooftop patio. Outfitted with concrete materials, an abundance of built-in sitting space and a pizza oven, this outdoor space is packed with luxury. Photo courtesy of Concrete Network

Clean and Contemporary

Sometimes you don't need a lot of details to enjoy your outdoor experience. Simplicity meets serenity in this contemporary escape. Photo courtesy of Royal Botania

Extravagant Entertaining

With stunning stone materials, earthy fabrics and an opulent fireplace, this patio is warm and inviting. The functional patio design features a place to dine, gather with guests and play yard games. Photo courtesy of Westover and Photography by Rich Pomerantz

The first thing you'll want to do if you're considering adding a flagstone patio is to choose a location and a size for your patio. Remember that your patio is likely to be a gathering space—you don't want to build too small and have guests knocking each other off the patio. In terms of location, pick as level a spot as possible—this will help the patio's overall longevity and ease of maintenance.

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Old-World Style

In this design by Thomas Oppelt, the elegant casita offers a glimpse of the surrounding countryside. Image courtesy of Gene Northup of Synergy Sotheby's International Realty

Small Wonder

Maintaining the historic character and integrity of the landscape was the main objective of this design. Rustic and understated elements add personality and credibility. Design by Chad Robert

From: Chad Robert

Garden Ambience

A circular band inscribed within the bluestone patio continues through the outdoor kitchen and around the dining area. Design by Bob Hursthouse

Green Terrace

Deeply textured stonework provides the framework to an intimate grotto decorated by the owner's unique orchid and fern collection. Wide stairs ascend to the adjacent terrace that's perfect for entertaining. Design by Bob Hursthouse

Hamptons Inspiration

Pergolas provide poolside shade, while cozy furnishings and blue accents infuse the outdoors with a style all their own. Design by Debbie Talianko

Step Into Morocco

Built-in seating doubles as a planter and a retaining wall for a front yard garden area. Design by Lori Dennis; Photo by Ken Hayden

Tranquil Courtyard

A vintage bench and Susani-print blanket create a beautiful seating option in this stone courtyard. Design by Lori Dennis

Alfresco Beauty

Climbing vines and vertical gardens help create a romantic courtyard setting, perfect for dining outdoors. Design by Living Green Design

Making History

This beautiful patio was designed and furnished to complement the historic home. "Rustic and understated elements add personality and credibility," says landscape architect Chad Robert.

From: Chad Robert

Relaxing Pool House

The pool house is reminiscent of a Mediterranean beach cottage with soothing neutral shades and lots of natural light. Design by Rebecca Johnston

Secret Garden

This stone cottage-style patio features a garden, outdoor fireplace and a stunning water feature. Design by Mitch Kalamian

Dreamy Outdoor Entertaining

A full-size kitchen, a cascading fountain and a raised pool flank the large lawn area, which features an in-ground trampoline, making this a perfect spot for entertaining families. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

One-of-a-Kind Pergola

Landscape designer Jamie Durie created an Asian-style space for dining and relaxing where the "walls" of the pergola serve as an enclosure as well as a place to showcase potted specimens.

Laid-Back Patio

Sleek, modern loungers add a contemporary flair to this traditional patio. Design by Lori Dennis

Totally French

This dramatic doorway leads to a romantic patio with black-and-white marble tile and a beautiful vertical garden. Design by Jamie Durie

Fiesta Time

An outdoor room with Puerto-Rican design sensibilities creates a family backyard haven. Traditional turned-wooden spindles that adorn the windows of the homes in Puerto Rico now break up the bright colors of the walls. Design by Jamie Durie

Colorful Hardscape

In this Sedona-inspired design by Jamie Durie, ceiling tiles create the wall for the planter's seating surround. A dining grotto is tucked into the back of this beautiful patio.

Destination: Relaxation

This patio is located away from the house, surrounded by colorful landscaping and shaded by trees. A short wall provides a sense of enclosure. The walkway continues on to a potting bench and a secluded arbor swing. Design by Jamie Durie

Contemporary + Classic

A beautiful wall with Spanish arches serves as the backdrop for this gorgeous backyard lounge area. The look merges elements of Old World design with the clean lines of contemporary style. Design by Jamie Durie

Formal Touch

Boxwood planters surround the pool, fireplace and lounging areas on this patio.

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Rustic Chic

These basket weave stools and a table from a tree trunk blend seamlessly with a rustic-style garden.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Gathering Place

Inspired by a visit to a Native American pueblo, Jamie Durie designed this circular adobe outdoor room. A traditional drying rack serves as an artistic shade structure over the new outdoor dining area.

Three Tiers of Relaxation

Designed by Mitch Kalamian, this tri-level backyard features a refurbished pool on the first level, a spa on the second and a lighted column on the third.

Drab Entryway No More

A terra-cotta tile patio and rich wall color convert a front entry into a stylish waiting and relaxation area. Design by Pamela Berstler

Furniture as Art

The cantilevered bench echoes the wall's sweeping curve, and is an integral element of this striking installation.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

European-Style Garden

This beautiful eight-sided pavilion is the focal point of a European-style garden. Design by Keith Anderson

Staying Close to the Kids

In this family garden, the kids can play on the spacious lawn while the adults hang out on the terrace. The two areas are divided by a snaking dry-stone and log wall, as well as by soft plantings.

Photo By: DK - Garden Design © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

The Place for Pizza

The focal point of this new outdoor kitchen is a wood-fired pizza oven imported from Italy. The 36-inch oven turned out to have a 52-inch base, so landscape architect Mark Schisler had to move the counters three feet to accommodate it. The oven is covered with a stone veneer, rather than real stone, to save more space.

Pergola Lighting

This outdoor kitchen and patio, designed for entertaining, is accessible from the deck, basement and driveway of the home. The cedar pergola helps define the room and provide overhead lighting.

Outdoor Theater

This terrace went from an area with no place to sit to the ultimate in a resort-like lounge and dining space. When evening comes, the area turns into an extra-comfy place to watch movies. A 3-D water feature and a fire pit table complete the ambiance.

Extra Shade

This contemporary outdoor kitchen area is nestled among the trees. Design by Paul Wrona

Private Playspace

Whether it's for roasting marshmallows with the kids or grown-up entertaining, the fireplace often becomes the outdoor gathering spot for the family. A new retaining wall on the steep slope provided the terrain for this patio and new lawn. A berm of cryptomeria trees will provide privacy from the neighbors. Design by Mark Schisler

Western Outdoors

An extra-large fountain and a Western-style fireplace are the focal points of this patio; the design and materials create a seamless extension of living space for the home. Design by Scott Cohen

When you've decided on a size, plot out your measurements in a rectangle with string, tape or marking paint. Next you'll need to do some digging with a spade and shovel—cut four inches down with the spade (at a minimum) around the perimeter, then excavate four inches of soil from the entire rectangle with the shovel.

Your next step is to ensure that the area is level. Set a scrap plank down the full length of one side of the area, and place a level on top. Scrape dirt from one side or the other until it's level, then repeat for the other side and the middle of the area. Next, perform the same test for the width of the area. Next up, moisten the area, tamp it down so that it's packed tightly, then set landscape fabric down to prevent weed growth.

Now you're ready to frame your area. You'll use 2x4s nailed together to enclose the entire rectangle. So that your form can precisely contain the sand you're going to use later, you want to bury it two inches down around the perimeter. Once it's buried two inches down, shovel two inches of sand on top of the landscape fabric. Once the sand is level (you can use a scrap of wood to level it), tamp it down. Once it's solid, you're ready to lay your two-inch flagstone pieces. Begin in one corner, and tamp each stone down with a rubber mallet. Keep checking that they're level—if a stone is high, scrape sand from underneath it, if it's low, add sand underneath it.

When all stones are laid, pour sand over the entire patio and then brush off, so the sand fills any cracks. Lastly, remove the 2x4 frame and fill the vacant area with sand.

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