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.

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(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/

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Darker than I want but maybe there's some issue with reflectivity and a lighter color being too bright in direct sun. Also noticing the white borders.

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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#

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