Make the most of your long Independence Day weekend by installing outdoor flooring, and you'll have a patio that'll last you years. The bluestone that makes up millions of American patios often comes in neatly sawn rectangles. But for a rustic landscape, nothing looks more natural than "snapped" or "broken" bluestone, terms used to describe an irregular edge on the slabs. This Old House
senior technical editor Mark Powers recently built a patio out of this hearty stone in his backyard. As he shows in How to Lay a Bluestone Patio
, laying a long-lasting patio like his is as much about the base underneath it as the layout above.