Built to Be Bullied
Exposed aggregate concrete with brick expansion joints is tough enough to stand up to spills and splatters on this outdoor floor. The brick also ties the patio to the built-in cooking area. A screening fence on both sides of the built-in shields the cooking/dining area from the rest of the yard. The pergola consists of 4x10s trimmed down by an inch, with a top made of 2x3s spaced 6 inches apart. A sheet of 1/8-inch-thick clear plastic is nailed to the top to let sunlight through but keep out the rain.