If it’s finally time for a new patio, or to redo the old one, there are lots of cool options other than just boring concrete! These 9 creative patio floor ideas can be done without a contractor, and can be done in weekend. All of them transform your space into an outdoor room worth showing off! It doesn’t matter if your patio surface has seen better days, or if you are just bored with it… try one of these projects. Our feature photo below, is from ‘Coates Design‘ in Seattle. These are simply oversized pavers laid in a bed of sand, then filled with decorative gravel.

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If you would like to get a full tutorial on how to build a paver patio, then ‘Young House Love’ has it for you! Lot’s of pics, and good instruction that can be adapted for several different looks, including the more modern look above.

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Same technique, different material! This side yard patio features circular pavers of different sizes set in a random pattern. From ‘Mod Frugal‘.

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Don’t want to pay for all those pavers? Not a problem. We found this reusable plastic mold from ‘Quikrete‘ that allows you to create pavers (on sand, like above) with concrete mix and these molds.

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Want a more traditional “feels like it’s been here forever” look? Then learn how to build a brick patio from ‘HGTV’.

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Can you tell this technique we’ve been featuring so far is pretty much “the thing”? Here is another option for a Modern Mid-century look using these decorative concrete blocks laid on their sides. From ‘Fresh Digs‘.

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So if you already have a concrete patio, but you don’t want to have to tear it out (NOT fun and NOT a one day deal!) then you have options. ‘Home Depot’ shows us how to lay deck flooring over a concrete patio. Looks amazing! You have to jump on over and see the finished project.

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Want a modern, clean look? ‘Build Direct’ has these interlocking deck tiles that do the job, again, right over existing concrete!

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Lastly, you could use recycled Envirotile to recover your patio, from ‘Home Depot‘ They even have a tutorial on installing the tile for you!

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Image Credits: Build Direct, Coates Design, Young House Love, Modfrugal, Quikrete, HGTV, Fresh Digs, Home Depot, Home Depot

 



7 Comments

  1. Benny Schiller November 7, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    These are definitely worth sharing concrete patio floor ideas! I’ve been working in the concrete industry for years now, and most people love stamped concrete patios. Well, I can’t blame them because it’s not only aesthetically appealing but also durable and long-lasting.
    By the way, hiring a licensed contractor to do your patio project is smarter!

    Thanks for posting this!

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  2. Matthew Brandt March 2, 2017 at 2:30 pm

    Hi Kathy, great ideas! I am really liking the circular pavers, thanks for posting!

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  3. Wyndie March 23, 2017 at 12:42 am

    I love the ideas and instructions. I have been doing a lot of work in the yard and I can tell you especially if you are a lady or a man with limited skills that this is a lot of work and I do mean a lot. You do need to be strong and determined or you may not be able to finish the project. Make sure that you have some help and some shade and perhaps start in spring do not wait until summer. If you want to just get it over with and have the money, by all means hire someone, but if you are looking for a project to be proud of, by all means GO FOR IT!

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  4. Tara Fitzpatrick May 26, 2017 at 9:23 am

    Where can I find the oversize pavers? I am in Portland Oregon

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    1. Kathy Woodard May 30, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      We have had a tough time finding them as well, but we recently found 20×20 pavers at our local Lowes… Once they get bigger than that, often you have to have the concrete poured into forms in place, much like building a patio, but in parts! Hope that helps!

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  5. Sue May 28, 2017 at 7:21 pm

    We wanted to do the concrete blocks shown above, but we have not been able to find where to buy them.

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    1. Kathy Woodard June 13, 2017 at 3:55 pm

      We have found the best bet is usually to contact a landscape contractor and see if they can help you find pavers that are more unusual in your area. Good luck!

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