Patio & Walk Designs

Flagstone patio design

This flagstone patio in Culpeper, Virginia is made with squares and rectangles of Pennsylvania flagstone. To make the surface as smooth and even as possible (it’s part of a winery landscape design, after all) we used what’s known as thermaled flagstone.

flagstone patio

I used both irregular flagstone and random-pattern rectangular flagstone for this patio in Alexandria, Virginia. The border is made from 4”x4” granite cobblestone cubes set flush with the patio surface.

This flagstone pool deck in Fredericksburg Virginia is made of Pennsylvania flagstone laid on a concrete slab. The stone colors complement the granite wall stone on the water feature as well as the historic slate roofing. If you want to see more of this project you can check it out here.

brick and flagstone patio

For this home in Centreville, I matched the brick on the house for the border on the flagstone patio. A small deck with composite decking provides a small seating area right outside the back door.

pergola flagstone patio

A simple flagstone patio under a stone-columned pergola creates an intimate outdoor living space at this home in Culpeper VA. In fact, I have an entire page devoted to this Culpeper landscape design.


For this Vienna patio design, the client didn’t need a huge space. This flagstone patio sits immediately adjacent to a large deck. When I first saw the yard there was a massive yew hedge cutting off views of the beautiful water feature just beyond the hosta. Simply eliminating the hedge and grading everything flat changed the space. Oversized slabs of flagstone give the area a feeling of permanence, while gaps jammed full of dwarf Mondo grass (Ophiopogon japonicus ‘nana’) tie the patio to the lushly planted backyard. Simple, yet elegant.

These Arlington, VA flagstone landings punctuate a long run of timber steps that turned a nearly inaccessible backyard into an entertaining hub for the neighbors.

Paver patio design

This driveway in Culpeper is primarily gravel, with a paver parking pad. The home in the photo is an attached mother-in-law suite, so we wanted to create a hard surface at the front door for those who may have mobility issues.

Travertine patio design

travertine patio w flagstone border

The owners of Old House Vineyards approached me to create a space for outdoor functions on the shores of their farm pond. Walnut colored travertine marble pavers were the color inspiration with which I started, and an unusual plum-colored flagstone creates the border.

travertine patio

Front walks and other masonry features

For this brick home in Alexandria the owners wanted an unusual material – brick and flagstone just wouldn’t cut it. I designed the patio with Porcini tumbled travertine pavers with a Pennsylvania flagstone accent border under the shade structure.

flagstone front walk

With such a great looking Craftsman home in an historic Alexandria neighborhood, I wanted to use a unique stone that complemented the age of the home. Dark charcoal gray Westmoreland flagstone blends with the colors of the house and the pattern of the walk is a nod to historic landscape styles.

tennessee flagstone patio and steps

Homeowners looking for a more relaxed feel for their backyard opted for an irregular flagstone patio. To create a unique color palette, we used Tennessee variegated flagstone with a border of Canyon View flagstone.

brick and flagstone front walk

How about a simple brick and flagstone front walk turned up to 11 with the addition of some low brick columns, and a curved step out to the lawn?


When I first started, someone asked me “do you ever do anything out of the ordinary, or is it all the usual stuff I see?” That question would make me laugh out loud today. After all, I’d call fiberglass dummy bombs mounted on stone columns in front of a WW2-themed craft distillery “unusual.”

paver driveway

This paver driveway creates an elegant motor court for this custom home along the Potomac River.

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