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Need help designing backyard patio - location, size, shape

4 years ago

We're in a retirement community in W central Florida - nice home on a golf course. Would like backyard (paver) patio with space for round table w/4 chairs, and 2-4 chairs for reading, relaxing, entertaining (I'm thinking approx. 14x16'). Northern sun exposure, so R side by large tree has early morning sun but nice afternoon shade much of the year. Back R "indented corner" of house, approx. 6x7') will house grill, so need walkway to that. EASIEST, most level location is outside back door, but not sure I like the idea of centered on house. Some pretty serious tree roots between large tree & grill area if we go that way. Each window is approx. 30-36" inches, so about 40 ft. total across back. Prefer to design more to right side ... free form or rectangular? Thoughts on pergola (hub's idea)? Thinking close to house with 1-2' rock drainage between foundation & pavers? Just not a visual person ... appreciate any thoughts on size, location, shape, etc.

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