It is extremely important to have easy access to outdoor living space. In the Summer, most of our meals are eaten under the cover of our beautiful faux timber framed porch. For the new house we want to repeat and improve upon this space that we have loved for over ten years now.
The dimensions are 20′ X 30′. Pavers set in sand have pluses and minuses. They are nice to look at with their earthy feel, but they are difficult to sweep and weeds grow in between the cracks. I like the idea of permeable surface under the grape arbor, but for the new version, going for some kind of polished concrete under the covered area may be better.
This time around we need to make sure to build in electrical outlets as well as a drip irrigation system. Our current version has no irrigation and the electrical was put in as an after-thought, requiring a LOT of work and expense to install.
We want an outdoor wood fired oven, and I have been researching plans for this (another post to follow).