A tan decomposed granite patio replaced the brown lawn. The open layout gives enough space for inclusion of tables and a fire pit when entertaining. Wood posts in the back corner will be used to string up lights and shade sails.
(Getty museum) Decomposted Granite is the "dirt" path we are thinking of! this website has lots of example pics and info on how to- http://thehumanfootprint.wordpress.com/2009/07/10/dg-patios-decomposed-granite/
This front entry courtyard features decomposed granite and low-water use plants. Landscape by Fiore Design in North Hollywood, CA. Read more about how this Malibu property was transformed into a contemporary, waterwise space: http://www.landscapingnetwork.com/los-angeles/Malibu-drought-tolerant.html#