The "patio" was in all sorts of states of pathetic, from the warping wood slats to the strange addition of a cement paver side bar where weeds loved nothing more than to worm their way between. It had to go, but it was a project that, let's be honest, was way beyond the do it yourself gusto that got me through painting, hedge trimming, and wasp nest spraying (you know, normal home owner problems).
Since we were well out of our league, we got a referral from a friend who had a lust-worthy patio. If you live in the Raleigh area, I can't recommend Mike Fogt at Ryan's Landscaping enough!
When you decide to invest in a patio, you're faced with a few decisions. Stamped concrete? Pavers? I would say if your budget can allow, flagstone is worth every penny.
Flagstone ages amazingly well, and every rain storm we get seems to bring out more dimension and color. Now we're ready to add furniture and a grill and get out there and enjoy all the work we put into the yard!