Ideas for Building a Rock Patio

The word patio means “inner courtyard” or “inner court - open to the sky.” Rock patios have been around for thousands of years, especially in warmer climates like Spain and Latin America. Their popularity remains as strong as ever with today’s outdoor entertaining trends. Building a beautiful rock patio not only takes into account types of rocks but also home design trends and ideas. You don’t have to rely on new home builders to create a beautiful outdoor space for your family. Read on to discover our best outdoor home design ideas.


Rock Patio with an Outdoor Kitchen

Modern patios include state-of-the-art outdoor kitchens. When designing, consider designing your rock patio around the appliances, countertops, sinks, and storage. Decide whether you want the appliances covered or open to the elements. If you expose your grill, sink, and countertop to the sun, rain, and snow, they’ll take a beating. If you have a covered patio, you’ll enjoy less maintenance. If you live in a colder client where you don’t use your patio year-round, you can also design the terrace with an area for a portable grill and even a stainless-steel cooler. That way, you can store the appliances in the winter. Here are other fun options to consider:


Love pizza? Consider a built-in pizza oven. If you’d rather have a bar than a kitchen, feel free to design a gathering space for your friends and family. Or go all out and create a bar with a kitchen. As long as you have space, this is an excellent way to add more living areas. 


For the flooring: flagstones, pavers, or bricks work the best because of their easy maintenance and durability. Design an attractive multi-tiered space with walkways, patio floor pavers, retaining walls, built-in planters, and seating — mix materials to add dimension


Build Around a Fire Pit

Fire pits are a popular choice for outdoor entertaining. Artfully designed rock patios and fire pits can take a dreary back yard and transform it into a warm and inviting gathering place. Plus, you can take advantage of unused and neglected outdoor areas to create more entertaining space.


When choosing materials for a fire pit, you'll want granite, slate, or fire brick. These materials are sturdy and can withstand the heat. Before deciding on your outdoor design, check with your local building department. Different areas of the country have specific construction requirements and rules for fire pits and outdoor fireplaces.


Walkways leading up to the pit can be brick, pavers, or crushed rock. Make sure to carefully plan the location of the fire pit and keep it away from scrubs, bushes, and trees. If necessary, build an accompanying rock wall to shield the flames from gusts of winds.


Year-Round Covered Patio

Investing in rock patios and outdoor living areas has become more popular as homeowners want to spend more time outside, to relax, unwind, and enjoy nature.


If you live in a warmer climate like Arizona or California, you’ll be using your patio all year. Consider designing a large covered rock patio that’s partially covered to shield you from the hot sun. Extend covered patio to include:

  • An outdoor fire pit or fireplace
  • An outdoor kitchen or pizza oven
  • A covered bar
  • A hot tub
  • Walkways
  • Planters
  • Rock walls
  • Rock seating areas


Why Are Patio Pavers So Popular?

Homeowners love pavers because they’re durable. They can take a beating and lots of foot traffic and patio furniture being moved around on them. Pavers look like natural stone and come in a variety of colors and textures. Besides earth tones like gray, browns, and tans, you can also find pavers with hues of yellow or pink. Consider what colors would look best with your natural surroundings.


The other great thing about pavers is you won't have a lot of maintenance. Compared to a wood deck, pavers are easy to maintain.


What About Stone Materials?

Stones are some of the strongest and most durable materials in outdoor landscaping. They don't break easily, and a well-built stone wall will resist strong winds - even hurricanes. Plus, they're water-resistant, so you don't have to worry about them getting wet.


Investing in either stone or pavers is a smart investment for your home.


Rock Patio Trends

Beautifully designed stone and rock patios become the focal point for your family and guests when you entertain. Modern aesthetic outdoor design trends include creating multiple levels and using a variety of materials.

  • With any design, include outdoor energy-efficient lighting, not only for the patio but also for your landscape, pool, hot tub, and walkways.
  • Don't forget, beautiful pergolas. These sturdy structures can further accentuate any space and add needed shade. Plant some climbing vines to add some color and greenery.

Now that you’ve learned more about building a rock patio and outdoor living, explore what it would be like to live in a patio home.



Contributed to Your Home blog by Carol Youmans

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Published 2.23.2020

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