Dining and Entertainment Patio

This timeless patio has all the comforts of home: a state-of-the-art barbecue with tile counter and sink, a firepit for toasting marshmallows, a water feature for a touch of serenity, and an outdoor fireplace to gather around on chilly evenings. Anchoring each of these elements are large, manmade boulders, manufactured on the site.

In the background is a screen, made of recycled timbers colored with copper verdigris paint, and underfoot is a stained, embossed concrete floor as interesting as a Persian carpet. The fireplace, counter base, and wall are formed with Rastra blocks (made of recycled plastic foam and cement).

Small beds and planting pockets around the garden contain a richly textured mix of succulents and drought-tolerant plants.

The garden is both fun and functional.

Design: Nick Williams & Associates, 18751 Ventura Blvd., Suite 200, Tarzana, CA 91356; (818) 996-4010